important things you need to do before starting a paint job

Although painting your own house might be a daunting task, it can be done with a little planning. This is probably the easiest way to save money on renovations and the quickest way to transform the overall appearance of your home. But before you start, you need to make sure that the following steps are in place. This will save you plenty of headaches in the long run.
Remove or cover all furniture and objects.
Before you begin painting, clear the space in front of the walls by removing all decorations, furniture and extraneous objects. For extremely heavy furniture that is difficult to remove, push them towards the center, as far away from the walls as possible. Once that is done, cover the furniture in the room with plastic drop cloths. These are inexpensive and can be purchased from any hardware or home improvement store.
Cover the floors.
Whether you have carpet, hardwood or linoleum flooring, you will need to cover every inch of it. Use a heavy canvas drop cloth for the floors. Newspaper or plastic drop cloths will slip and slide, leaving a big mess if paint drips on the floor. This is crucial since paint is extremely difficult to remove on polished floors or carpet once it dries.
Trim walls, baseboards and fixtures.
Unless you have an extremely steady hand, you will need to trim the edge of your walls with painter’s masking tape. This is not your ordinary masking tape and contains less adhesive for easy removal after the paint job. To paint your walls, you would need to tape around the ceiling, lining the edge of the tape to the edge where the ceiling meets the wall. This will prevent the paint from running over. The same needs to be done over the baseboard and any other moldings. If you intend to paint the ceiling, you would also need to tape over the edge of any lighting fixtures.
Have Supplies Ready
During a paint job, make sure you have everything you need in the room. You will need a ladder, a roller, a paint tray with liner, and a small paintbrush for trimming. You want to minimize walking in and out of the room and tracking paint everywhere. Make sure you wear clothes and shoes that you have no intentions of keeping, as well as a pair of painting gloves and a hat.
Paint the room.
Painting a room can take quite a bit of time. If you are painting over an existing dark shade, you will need to cover your walls with a primer first. That can take 1-2 hours depending on the size of your room. You will also need to wait an hour or two for it to dry before applying on a new coat of paint. After the primer is dried, you can apply the new paint. Trim the edges of the walls using a paintbrush. Then paint the walls with a roller, taking care to spread out the paint evenly. The paint job itself can take two to three hours depending on the number of coats you need to apply. Make sure you wait for the paint to dry before applying on a new coat.