The actual mechanics of painting a room are pretty easy, but if you don't prepare for it correctly you'll quickly find it to be a larger hassle than you were expecting. Make sure you don't go without the following:
1. A Plan
You may think I’m joking, but I’m not. This weekend, I had the wonderful idea to re-do my bathroom and started peeling the wallpaper border. It was only after the fish were gone and just the backing was left in peach strips along the wall that I realized a bit of planning might be necessary. Colors, supplies, heck, even a basic idea of how I wanted the finished room to look would have been nice to have before I started.
It will take more time than you expect it to, unless you bribe a bunch of your friends to help you. In which case it still might take longer than expected because they a) can’t paint/don’t know what they’re doing b) you get caught up talking and don’t actually start till hours after you planned c) they decided a paint war is in order. That's not to say it can't be done in a weekend, but that you'll have to make an effort to not get distracted, especially if removing wallpaper is involved.
Make sure you gather them before you start working, that way you won’t have to stop what you’re doing to run out to the store for something or have to search through the boxes in the workshop in the basement with paint smeared hands. What you need will vary from project to project, but there are always a few basics to keep in mind.
- A steamer (if you’re removing wallpaper, this helps a lot. If not, warm water in a bucket will do)
- Old sheets to cover the floor (ripped up garbage bags or tarp work as well)
- A Screwdriver to remove the light switch and outlet covers
- Brushes and rollers for large sections
- Paint stir stick (or anything that has flat sides)
- Shallow paint tin
- Paint tape, so you don’t get the ceiling/mirror colored and to force you paint only the area that is supposed to be painted if doing more than one color
- Pencil, ruler, and level measure so you can put the paint tape in the right spot
4. A Step Ladder
Even if you don’t want to re-paint the ceiling, you’re going to want to come close and need a ladder to reach the upper portions of the wall. They also come in handy as something to sit on when painting at the level of your bellybutton. On a similar train of thought, if you find yourself kneeling on the floor I'd recommend a towel rag or two under your knees if the floor isn't carpet.
5. An Open Window
Or at least a fan. It will help the paint dry when you’re planning on two coats and will prevent the room from filling up with paint fumes. Not to mention, a breeze on your face can help you feel rejuvenated as the project goes on.