For our mural, we’re going to be painting
this whole wall. Everything on here, this pale color is going to go away entirely. That
means that we need to prepare our wall and floor just like we would a normal painting
project. Starting off with taping. Get your good blue, electrical, painter’s tape, and
start ripping off pieces of it. What we’re going to be doing here is we’re going to be
covering up the trim. You can already see I’ve done an awful lot of this, but we want
to make sure there are no gaps and the like. Areas where you could see where like paint
could drip over and basically ruin our wood. Now sometimes you may get a little bit of
paint on the wood no matter how good your efforts are but painting, putting on the painting
tape helps avoid a lot of that. To put this on, basically what you want to do is have
the edge up as close to the gap as possible. Now for tape placement, what we want to do
is put the tape edge as close as we can to the gap. Press down with your fingers to make
sure you have a good grip. Also, don’t leave the tape dangling off the edges. Your thumb’s
great at wrapping that around the corners. So next, we’re going to be removing all of
our faceplates in the room. These include electrical outlets, light switches, cable
phone jacks, because we don’t want to be painting over this as we’re doing our mural. Now some
people like to put more of our good old blue painters tape over the outlets as well to
cover them up. I don’t like doing that, I usually find that the protection is not and
there’s a much easier way rather than doing all that taping. Namely getting a good flathead
screwdriver and taking the face plate off here. Basically put the flathead into the
screw, start spinning counter clockwise until it comes loose, and you remove the faceplate.
Next, I am going to use some blue tape to cover up the remaining outlet here. Usually
one strip will do it, kind of tuck it around to where it’s still covering up the metal
but not the wall because you want to be able to paint all the wall surface that you can.
Tuck it underneath there, make sure it’s a good seal. There you go. You can go over this
with a whole brush and your still going to be fine when you take that tape off. Just
a few more things to cover before we can actually start painting. One of these is putting a
drop cloth down. This is like protecting all of your carpet area by having your drop cloth.
These come in actual cloth, more commonly now days, they come in a nice clear plastic.
So, you unfold this which it’ll unfold many, many different times, and you’ll be able then
to cover up your carpet area. Now again, there are different styles here. Some people will
just leave it like this, other folks will actually want to more directly stick the drop
cloth to the wall to make sure that it stays because it can drift when you’re walking over
it. It can definitely get snagged and pull away from the wall. But make sure your carpet
is entirely covered, that’ll protect your carpet from the paint and you’re ready for
the creative process to begin.