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Which Room Gets Painted First?

Are you thinking of repainting your home? That’s not a small project. If you’re doing it yourself, it’s an even bigger project. There’s moving and covering furniture, protecting floors, prepping walls, making needed repairs, and picking the correct paint – all before you even start painting. And that’s not all that needs to be done! So, if you’re planning on repainting your Virginia home (or hiring us to do it), it’s a good idea to be strategic with which rooms to do first.

Painting a room means it likely will be inaccessible for at least one day, if not more. There might be paint fumes (not all paints generate fumes). And, of course, the room will have sheeting to protect certain areas or items. Creating a plan for painting rooms is a must.

Why Are You Painting?

There are various reasons you might want or need to paint. Those reasons could affect what you paint and where you start. For example, suppose you’re painting to list your house for sale. In that case, you might repaint the entire house or just a few high-impact rooms, like the foyer, kitchen, living, and primary bedroom. If you want to paint to only update colors or refresh the walls, it might not be necessary to paint every room. You might only paint high-traffic areas.

Identifying the reasons for repainting your home can help you prioritize the order you paint. Read on for more details.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms:

If you’re repainting the entire home, starting with the bedrooms and bathrooms is a good idea. It allows you a space to escape to while the rest of the house is being painted. It also lets you enjoy your newly painted bedroom while looking forward to completing the rest of the house.


Kitchens are hard-working, high-traffic rooms. If the whole house is being painted, you might start with the kitchen. Getting that done gives you access to cooking, even while the other gathering spaces are out of commission. Also, you will be delighted once you see your newly repainted kitchen!

Living Room

The living room isn’t really a must-have room. It’s possible to stay away from it for a day or two, unlike your kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms, which you use daily. Because of their size, living rooms might take at least two days to prep and repaint. Unless there’s a compelling reason, paint the living room after the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen. This also applies to family rooms.

Laundry Room

The laundry room is another room you can leave for last or after you’ve done the more important rooms. While laundry rooms can usually be done pretty quickly, it’s not a high-priority room you need to use daily.

As you can see, painting a home isn’t just putting paint on a wall. There’s a lot involved. You should probably leave it to us to tackle your Northern Virginia painting project in most cases. We’d be happy to provide an estimate for your project. Contact us to schedule an estimate or use our online scheduler.