You’ve decided you want your home’s interior to have a new look. That’s a great first step, as it can increase its value and visual appeal.

However, how do you go about renovating an old house, and when should the painting be done? The answer to this question may not be as simple as you’d expect. It comes down to the types of renovations you plan to do. 

Here are some steps to remodel a house, including when you should apply new paint.

Is It Always Paint First?

You may have heard from people that you should tackle the painting first when you’re doing a reno. The simple reason for this is that once the paint is in place, you can put new furniture or carpeting in without worrying about paint splatter. 

However, the paint first rule doesn’t apply to all situations. There are some components of a renovation that aren’t that friendly to new paint, and therefore you might want to push that step closer to the end. 

Let’s take a look at a couple of scenarios where adding paint later in the project may be more beneficial… 

Refinishing the Flooring

If you’re planning on refinishing your floors, then you might want to put off the painting step until they’re done. This is especially true if you plan to tear out the existing baseboards, which can cause damage to an area of the wall you just finished painting!

Also, keep in mind that refinishing the flooring can kick up dust that can end up adhering to new paint. So first consider whether your flooring needs to be changed as part of the renovation, and plan accordingly. 

Moving Furniture and Appliances

So you’re redoing your kitchen to update the decor, which is a smart investment. So at what point should you be applying paint in this case?

Oftentimes, people will tackle the painting part of a kitchen reno first because they want to start seeing results early. However, jumping in too early on the painting in this scenario can backfire. 

Consider that you may want to replace appliances or a countertop, and that will involve some moving of large items that can put dings in your new paint job. It’s not a bad idea to have a kitchen color picked out in advance, but if it’s an extensive kitchen facelift, you can leave the painting closer to the end of the project. 

Experts Know the Steps to Remodel a House

Many of the rules around when to paint are based on DIY projects. However, if you’re hiring a painting professional (which you should), then you don’t have to worry so much about how to remodel a house step by step. 

That’s because a painting pro will take steps to cover your new flooring as well as protect your furniture if those items have been done first. You should only choose a painter that is insured, in the rare case of a mishap during the painting process.

To find out more about the steps to remodel a house including new paint, contact us today!