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Essential Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Decorating Project

Preparing your home for a decorating project is an essential step to ensure a smooth process and successful outcome. With the right preparation, you can save time, reduce stress, and ensure your newly decorated space looks its best. As a Cotswold decorator specialising in spray painting, including kitchen cabinet resprays, I’ve learned that proper preparation makes all the difference. In this blog post, I’ll share my top tips for getting your home ready for a decorating project, so you can enjoy a fantastic result with minimal hassle. Most of them we’ll do upon arriving, but by knowing them in advance can help you prepare.


Declutter and Clean Your Space

Remove Unnecessary Items

Before you begin your decorating project, take the time to declutter your space. Remove any unnecessary items, such as old furniture, ornaments, or other belongings that are no longer needed. This will create a more open and accessible environment for the decorating work to be carried out and reduce the risk of damage to your belongings. We do advise you move larger objects and/or expensive items yourself before we arrive as sometimes we need to bring in support to move them which can create an extra charge on top of the current estimate.

Thoroughly Clean Surfaces

Cleaning the surfaces in your home is a crucial step in preparing for a decorating project. This includes walls, ceilings, floors, and any surfaces you plan to paint or redecorate. Thorough cleaning removes dust, dirt, and grease that could prevent paint from adhering properly or cause other issues during the decorating process. Don’t forget to clean any kitchen cabinets you plan to respray, as grease and dirt can accumulate over time and affect the finish. When using us, this is always part of our service unless the area needs unusual attention. If you want to get your kitchen back to rights and have full use, though we will always go over it again, you can speed up the process.


Protect Your Belongings and Floor

Move or Cover Furniture

To protect your furniture from dust, paint splatters, and other potential damage, move it to a different room or cover it with plastic sheeting or dust sheets. Make sure to tape the edges of the sheeting securely to prevent it from slipping or being accidentally pulled off during the decorating process. We always have plenty of sheets to cover furniture but it first needs to be moved away from the walls so we or you if you’re spraying yourself can move around.

Protect Your Flooring

Protecting your floors is equally important, as paint spills and other damage can be costly to repair. Lay down drop cloths or plastic sheeting to cover the entire floor area where the decorating work will take place. Secure the edges with tape to prevent slippage or tripping hazards.


Prepare the Walls and Surfaces

Repair Damage and Imperfections

Before you start painting or wallpapering, we will always take the time to repair any damage or imperfections in your walls or surfaces. We fill any holes or cracks with filler, sanding it smooth once it’s dry. For more significant damage, such as large cracks or damaged plaster, we always recommended hiring a plasterer to make the necessary repairs. It’s quite common for people to think that a lick of paint can fix everything and anything, but unfortunitly we can’t make a bumpy wall flat. As with everything, the canvas makes a difference. Also look at the cracks around window frames and floor boards.

Sand and Prime Surfaces

Sanding surfaces is an important step in preparing them for painting or wallpapering. This helps to create a smooth, even surface that will ensure a better finish. Once sanded, apply a suitable primer to the surfaces, which will help paint or wallpaper adhere properly and provide a consistent base for your chosen colours or patterns. This takes time and something we always include in our pricing. It’s also why we never advise using a company that say they can do large job in a single day, they will be missing these important parts.


Plan Your Decorating Project

Choose Colours and Finishes

Selecting the right colours and finishes for your decorating project is essential for achieving your desired look. Take your time to explore different options, considering factors such as the size of your space, natural lighting, and your personal preferences. If you’re respraying kitchen cabinets, don’t forget to consider how the new colours will complement your existing décor and appliances.

Gather Supplies and Tools

If you are doing it yourself, having the right supplies and tools on hand will make your decorating project run more smoothly. Make a list of everything you’ll need, including paint, brushes, rollers, spray painting equipment, cloths, masking tape, and any other necessary items. Having everything ready in advance will save you time and effort once the project is underway. No one likes having to drive back and forth to B&Q several times a day.


Consider Professional Assistance

Evaluate Your Skill Level

Before starting your decorating project, evaluate your skill level and determine whether you can complete the work yourself or if you require professional assistance. If you’re unsure about certain aspects of the project, such as spray painting kitchen cabinets, it might be worth hiring a professional decorator to achieve the best possible results. We’ve mentioned above a lot of things that we do as part of our job, most things that DIY enthusats never consider but we know are vital. Consider how much money it will take fixing mistakes compared to just getting in a professional decorator in Cotswold.

Preparing your home for a decorating project is an essential step in ensuring a successful outcome. By decluttering and cleaning your space, protecting your belongings and floors, preparing walls and surfaces, planning your project, and considering professional assistance when needed, you’ll be well on your way to creating a beautifully decorated space that reflects your personal style. Remember, the key to a fantastic result is taking the time to prepare thoroughly, or helping us have the space to spray.


When embarking on a decorating project, many homeowners have questions about the process and how to achieve the best possible results. To help guide you through your home decorating journey, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions and their answers, covering various aspects of preparing for and executing a successful project.

FAQ 1: How do I choose the right paint colour for my space?

Answer: Consider factors such as the size of the space, the amount of natural light, the style of your furnishings, and your personal preferences when selecting paint colours. Test your chosen colours using paint samples or swatches on your walls to see how they look in different lighting conditions before making a final decision.

FAQ 2: How can I minimise the mess during my decorating project?

Answer: Use cloths or plastic sheeting to protect your floors and furniture, and ensure you cover all surfaces, including carpets, tiles, and hardwood floors. Use masking tape to secure edges and create a barrier around doorways and windows to prevent dust and debris from spreading to other parts of your home. Something we’ll do when working with you.

FAQ 3: Is it necessary to use a primer before painting my walls or cabinets?

Answer: Using a primer before painting helps to create a consistent base for your chosen paint, improves adhesion, and can prevent stains or discolouration from showing through the final coat. It’s particularly important when painting over darker colours, porous surfaces, or when spray painting kitchen cabinets to ensure a smooth, professional finish.

FAQ 4: How long should I wait for paint to dry between coats?

Answer: The drying time between coats can vary depending on the type of paint, temperature, and humidity. As a general rule, it’s best to wait at least a few hours or until the paint is completely dry to the touch before applying another coat. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on the paint can for specific drying times. Often in colder weather we bring portable heaters with us to help speed up drying time.

FAQ 5: How do I know if I should hire a professional decorator for my project?

Answer: Assess your skill level and the complexity of the project to determine if you can achieve the desired results on your own. If you’re unsure about certain aspects, such as spray painting kitchen cabinets or repairing damaged plaster, it may be worth hiring a professional decorator to ensure a high-quality finish. Research potential candidates, check reviews, and request examples of their work to find the right decorator for your needs.


An actionable step you can take today to prepare for your home decorating project is to create a mood board or inspiration board. This will help you visualise your desired outcome and make decisions about colours, finishes, and other design elements. You can use physical materials, like paint swatches and fabric samples, or create a digital board using websites or apps such as Pinterest.

Begin by collecting images, colours, patterns, and textures that inspire you and represent the style you’d like to achieve in your space. Consider elements such as lighting, furniture, and accessories to create a comprehensive and cohesive design vision. This step will not only help you make more informed decisions during the decorating process but also serve as a useful reference tool when discussing your project with a professional decorator or purchasing supplies.


If you need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to TM Decor for expert guidance and high-quality spray painting services. Visit our website to learn more about our services and get in touch with our team. Let’s work together to bring your vision to life!

Ready to experience the benefits of spray painting for your home decorating project? Don’t wait any longer! Contact TM-decor today at to discuss your needs and schedule a consultation. Let our experienced team help you transform your space with the stunning, professional results that only spray painting can provide.