— Move furniture to the center of the room and drape.
— Remove anything hanging on the walls, placing out of the way for safekeeping.
— Vacuum or dust the baseboards and moldings and don’t forget to clean any dusty ceiling corners.
— Wipe the walls down with a water-damp rag. A quick once-over will do. (This is optional, but we seriously recommend it.)
— Apply spackling to nail holes and let dry.
— #Protip: Sand over dried spackle and any blemishes on the wall to smooth the surface, wiping again to remove any sanding dust.
— Start in a corner and take your time. Tear off a tape strip about two feet long. Set it down lightly. Overlap your tape generously about an inch to make sure paint doesn’t seep through.
— Seal the tape tightly with your finger or a putty knife to ensure it’s sealed to the wall.
— #Protip: don’t tape the ceiling.
— Put down Backdrop drop cloth. Now you’re ready to rock.