So, you’re planning a new painting project. Good for you! The right paint job can refresh, revitalize and renew any room in your home, or your entire home, for that matter. If you’re doing a home makeover or home improvement that involves more than just painting, however, you may have some questions about if paint should be applied first or last during your home renovation project.
Many people believe a painting project should always come first, before other home improvement jobs. And often you will want to apply your paint before you dive into other projects, especially if you’re getting new carpeting. Professional painters can take steps to protect your carpet, but if you’re going to replace the carpet anyway, you might as well do the painting with the carpet you’re going to get rid of.
However, the “paint-first” rule is not always the case. Professional painters have processes to keep your household items protected when painting, so you’re not obligated to do the painting before making any other big changes. In fact, there are some cases when paint should be applied after other home projects.
If you’re still wondering when should paint be applied during your home improvement process, here are some tips on applying paint from Nolan Painting, the residential and commercial painting experts in the Philadelphia area. These are cases where you will probably want to paint AFTER doing your project.
After Refinishing or Installing New Floors
Refinishing floors is a messy project and can raise dust, which may stick to new paint. In addition, baseboards and wall paint can be damaged during the refinishing process. By the same token, paint after installing a new tile floor.
A kitchen or bathroom remodel can involve ripping out or installing new appliances or furnishings, a process that can easily damage your paint job. Do the other work first, so any paint chipping or damage can be painted over with the new paint job.
After Redecorating a Room
You don’t want to go through a whole paint job and then find your plans for the room don’t mesh with the new color. Figure out what you want the room to look like first, then compare shades to find just the right color match. Again, the painters will have no problem covering or moving and replacing new furnishings to protect them during the painting process.