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How to Protect Furniture before Painting

Learn how to protect furniture before painting from Brushed Interiors founder David Sartori in this Howcast video.


So you've got your floor protected. Your next step is protecting your possessions.

All the big pieces of furniture, floor lamps, bring everything into the middle of the room. We're going to protect it with plastic. This is your basic 1-mil plastic. That's the thickness, 1 millimeter, and that will do just fine.

And we're going to use our standard blue tape here. One roll of plastic is 9 x 12. That may be enough. We will see. Just a little more of this. Let's see if it fits. I'm right down to the floor on this side but I'm about a foot up over here. I'd rather be safe than sorry, so we're going to add another piece. All right, great. My second piece is going to hang down a little further on that side.

Now, there's going to be somebody in your family that picked out the furniture and you're going to be responsible for keeping it in good condition. If you think you're not going to make dust, you're wrong. Any paint job is going to kick up dust, so you'd better protect.

All right. Let's start my blue tape. Just a foot off the floor, pulling it tight all the way around. I don't know about you, but I'd rather spend money on blue tape and protect my valuable possessions. There, she's nice and tight.

So be sure to bring everything in the middle. You can actually make piles of a few different pieces of furniture. Throw your plastic over the top, pull it tight, and start wrapping tape around to where it holds the plastic tight. You'll be very glad you did at the end of the job.

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