Task Analysis Mapping: Painting a room

Year 2015. I am an Interaction Design student passing my senior year of college in San Francisco. I live in a shared flat with a couple of roommates in the Mission district.

After a few weeks of living on the floor, I notice that the walls of the living room are somewhat dirty and sloppy. After thinking about it, I decided to take the initiative to paint the living room. For this reason, I create a plan based on different steps to be able to carry out the project in a correct and easy way for all of us.

Step 1: Share the idea with roomies

Once the decision to paint the living room has been made, the first step is to consult the idea to my roomies. Once the idea is shared, I want to know what their point of view is and if there are reasons why walls should not be painted. It’s important to be clear why and why we should not.

Step 2: Share the idea with landlord

After the consensus of all the roommates, we decided to contact the landlord to share with him the idea and know his point of view. On this occasion we should present the idea to landlord as a benefit for his property as the house will look better preserved.

Step 3: Manage the money

Painting the walls of the living room will benefit all the roommates, so we decided to run with the expenses, and do the tasks of buying the material and painting the living room.

To collect the money, we decided to contribute all with the same amount of money. Each of us will put his share of the money in cash. If at the end of the purchase money is left over, the surplus will be distributed or we will buy something to improve the decoration of the living room.

Step 4: Deciding the color

With the approval of the landlord, it’s necessary to define the color of the painting that we’ll use, if we are going to use some type of finish or special material, etc.

We must bear in mind that the living room is a shared space, therefore we must reach an agreement all residents of the flat together with the landlord.
To decide for a color we must take into account practical and functional aspects, above the emotional or personal tastes. For this reason, we should choose neutral color that feels good to space depending on it’s position and lighting.

Step 5: Buying the materials

It’s time to shopping! We have to buy several cans of paint, some cubes to dissolve it, a roller to paint the walls faster and more uniformly, several brushes for smaller parts and details and finally painter’s paper to protect the floor and plastics to protect the furniture.

Step 6: Condition the living room

Before starting to paint, you have to condition the living room to make it easier and more practical. For this it is necessary to pick up the various things that may hinder us and to protect the furniture that is more difficult to move so that these do not stain.

Step 7: Paint!

With the living room ready, it’s time to start cleaning the wall of surface stains, scraps of paper or other things. The important thing is that the wall is as smooth and clean as possible, so painting will be easier afterwards.

When starting to paint, it is advisable to make a first layer to all the walls, so that the color settles and it is easier to match the color with the second layer of paint.

Step 8: Let it dry

Finally, it is only left that the walls of our living room to dry properly, to avoid subsequent stains of moisture or that the color has different shades. Once everything is dry, there should be a uniform color and a beautiful living room with a new look!

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