Prep the Wall for Painting
Relocate any appliances. Remove the shoe mold and baseboard carefully from the wall that is being painted. Remove the nails and store it in a safe place for reinstallation later in the day.
Place a drop cloth on the floor next to the wall being painted. Grab the sanding pole and sand the wall from floor to ceiling and side wall to side wall (Image 1).
Need to paint around any windows? If so, use a steady hand or protect window trim with painter's tape (Image 2). Do the same with the wall edges and ceiling intersections. Use a putty knife or 5 in 1 painter's tool to "force seal" the tape to the surface (Image 3).
Vacuum and clean up any paint dust residue.
Painter's Tip: Use a small flat bar or wide putty knife to pry the shoe mold and baseboard from the wall. Be careful not to dent the drywall or baseboard during the removal process. It helps to place a thin piece of wood or a putty knife between the pry bar and wall to protect the drywall from any damage. Remove nails by pulling them through the back to prevent marring the face.
Safety Tip: Older houses (pre 1978) are at a higher risk of containing lead-based paint. Use respiratory protection when sanding. Refer to the EPA pamphlet titled Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home for more details.