Prioritize Your Rooms for Painting

Besides issues with putting paint to walls, problems with large projects usually stem from bad planning.

A typical family home will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sitting room, a kitchen, and a dining area. Painting all those rooms can disrupt your daily life and result in a lot of mess. However, at Arizona Painting Company we know that prioritizing rooms is the key to a successful project.

Why prioritize rooms?

The reason prioritizing rooms is so important is due to the fact that you still have to live in your home. Simply put, the idea is to minimize the impact of a full makeover on your day-to-day life. We asked our expert painters to weigh in on the subject. They all agree, painting rooms in the following order will result in much less stress.


The reasoning behind painting bedrooms first is simple: These are the rooms where you sleep. Getting bedrooms painted first will give you a place of respite from paint smells, once you start on the rest of the rooms. Plus, it gets these rooms out of the way, as they will make up the bulk of your project.

Start painting bedrooms as early in the day as possible, allowing time throughout the day for paint fumes to dissipate. Make sure each room is well ventilated during and after painting, but do not allow direct sunlight to shine on freshly painted walls. Strong sunlight will cause paint to dry too quickly, damaging the paintwork.


Second on the list are bathrooms, unless they are en suites. When painting your bedrooms, paint any en suite bathrooms before moving onto the next bedroom. Much like bedrooms, bathrooms are the most-used rooms in a home.

Avoid painting bathrooms too early in the morning; running showers or hot baths create steam. You want to start when the paint has the maximum amount of time to dry without increased heat or humidity in the room. If you have more than one bathroom, it is a good idea to plan bathing and showering around your project plans.

The Kitchen

Next, paint your kitchen. This is an important room, so you will want to make sure you are well prepared. Think about the daily appliances that you will lose access to, and plan accordingly. For example, if you need to unplug your refrigerator, cooktop or oven it will impact on your ability to prepare meals.

Preparing meals ahead of time will help mitigate any waste, and save you from having to eat out. Plan to shop light during the time you are painting the kitchen. If you can store food with family or friends, it will also significantly reduce the chance of wasting food unnecessarily.

Living Room

The living room is often the most dreaded room during any painting project. There are a number of reasons for this, not least among them the fact it’s usually the largest room. Other reasons include the amount of furniture that needs moved and constant foot traffic.

Moving furniture is a necessary evil; however, heavy traffic is mostly avoidable. Plan to paint your living room when adults are at work and children are at school. Where possible, try not to take important furniture such as chairs out of commission altogether. So long as you adequately cover furniture and ensure it is out of the way, you may not even need to move it out of the room.

Game, Dining, and Laundry Rooms

Although these rooms are likely used a lot, they aren’t necessarily essential. When painting these rooms, treat them like living rooms. Apply the same rules and control traffic during this stage of the project.

Lastly, complete your project by painting any laundry or similar rooms. During the process of painting your laundry room, do not do any laundry. Ensure that any essential laundry is washed before you begin painting.

Top Arizona Paint Company Tips

Ventilation is key when it comes to large painting projects. If you have the patience for it, allow the paint in each room to fully dry before moving onto the next room. The last thing you want is to become overwhelmed by the smell of paint throughout your home.

Think about the least busy times in your home and plan your project accordingly. The busier your home, the more time it will take to complete your project. Too many people around will increase the chances of paint cans getting knocked over.

Bring in the professionals from Arizona Painting Company for large projects. We have the expertise to get the job done efficiently, saving you the hassle. Call the Arizona Paint Company today for more information on multi-room painting projects.

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