cover floors and hardware to get ready for painting the room
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Room Prep Checklist

Remove window treatments, wall-hung art, area rugs, outlet and switch-plate covers.

Cover furniture with drop cloths.

Wrap chandeliers and sconces in plastic sheeting.

Protect window and door hardware by removing or covering with tape.

Sand walls and trim.

Dust with a tack cloth. (Treat plaster with a solution of 1 pint vinegar and 1 gallon of water.)

Tape exposed outlets and switches, window panes, HVAC vents, and any other areas you want to keep paint-free.
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