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How to Prioritize Rooms for Painting

Painting your house is a big undertaking. You need to move furniture, cover furniture, protect your flooring, prep the walls for painting, and more. When you’re planning to paint the whole house, it’s a good idea to be strategic in the order you work. Remember, you’ll be without important rooms and spaces for a period of time, and you’ll also have paint fumes and smells to contend with. Make it easy to keep living your life with as much normalcy as possible by following these tips.

Why Are You Painting?

What’s your end goal? Are you remodeling your kitchen or bathroom? Putting it on the market? Just wanting to update and live in a beautiful home you love? Know your purpose before you paint, and that will help you prioritize the order in which you go.

For example, if you’re putting your home on the market, paint the rooms that make the biggest impact first: Your entryway, your living room, the master bedroom, the kitchen, and bathrooms. If you’re gradually updating your home, you’ll want to consider the impact the paint projects will have on your day-to-day living. You can start with guest bathrooms and guest bedrooms, because these are likely out of the way.


Painting your master bedroom and bathroom first is also a great place to start because you’ll quickly be able to settle back into living your normal life. Once you complete the rooms, you’ll have a place to sleep and bathroom facilities to use, so you don’t have to feel like you’re camping in your living room. And you’ll love the way you feel when you go to bed and wake up in your beautiful room, so you’ll be motivated to move onward in the rest of the house.


If you’re painting the whole house at once, the kitchen is also a great place to start, because if the kitchen is inoperable, the rest of your life is put on hold. You won’t be able to eat healthy meals, and you’ll end up spending quite a bit of money on take-out food. Beginning with the kitchen will quickly put that room back into the rotation of your day-to-day living. And just like a fresh bedroom can motivate you to keep moving through the house, a beautiful, fresh kitchen can inspire you to finish the home.

Living Room

The living room will probably take you a long time, so be prepared. It’s typically a large room, and you have to move furniture into other rooms of the house — like the kitchen. So painting this room can be disruptive. Tackling it at the end of your house painting project is a good idea.

Laundry Room

The laundry room is a good room to leave for last. It is normally smaller and can be done quickly, but isn’t a high-priority room, so it’s okay to leave it to the end. Store your clothing outside the laundry room on the day of painting, as well as a few days later, so they don’t absorb the smells of paint.

If you’d like to avoid the hassle of painting your home yourself, let New Life Painting in Grover Beach and surrounding areas handle the process for you — from beginning to end. Contact us for a free estimate.

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