How to Paint Your Trim

One of my goals this year for our home is to repaint all of our baseboards and doors. Our house is 22 years old, and it was time to freshen up these areas. I was dreading it a bit because I assumed it would be difficult and that I would have to sacrifice an entire weekend to get it all done at once. I gave myself a little grace and decided to just take care of one room at a time, and it seems much less overwhelming to me now. It helps that we have a small house, too. :) 

I figured I’m not the only one who felt intimidated or overwhelmed by taking on trim painting. So, today I’m sharing how I paint our trim and a few tips and tricks to make it a little easier for you. 

How to Paint Your Trim -- tips for how to paint your trim and baseboards easily, quickly and without ruining your walls, carpet or hard flooring. First, you’re going to need to grab all of your supplies. You will need painters tape, packing tape, a paint scraper, a good brush, and quality paint and primer of your choice. You may also need some sand paper, wood filler and a straight edge. 

How to Paint Your Trim -- tips for how to paint your trim and baseboards easily, quickly and without ruining your walls, carpet or hard flooring. Before you get started on painting, give each surface a good cleaning. You don’t want to paint over dirt or dust. If you have any uneven areas or dings in the trim, you will need to sand smooth and fill in with wood filler. Take care of all of these problem areas first. For my primer, I use Glidden’s Gripper Primer. This stuff sticks to pretty much anything and everything. If you’re going to use a traditional primer, you will need to use a deglosser and/or sand the area. I love the gripper primer because it knocks out one to two steps for me.

I like to tape off the trim I’m painting. Even though it can be a time consuming step, it frees me up to paint much quicker since I’m not worried about ruining the walls or floor. I feel like it saves me time in the long run. At the very least, tape of the floor with painters tape. You can use a straight edge near the wall if you like, or freehand if you’re very steady. I find that I can move quicker and get a crisp line with I use tape.

how to paint your baseboards around carpetWhen I’m painting baseboards that sit near the carpet, I like to use this little trick. I tape off the floor with clear packing tape instead of the blue painters tape. I then use a paint scraper to push the tape in between the carpet and the baseboards. It will fold over and smush down the carpet fibers so that they are protected from the paint. It’s a pretty amazing trick that I’ve had a lot of success with!

How to Paint Your Trim -- tips for how to paint your trim and baseboards easily, quickly and without ruining your walls, carpet or hard flooring. Once everything it taped off and ready to go I do one coat of primer, and then one coat of paint. I’m using Sherwin William’s ProClassic paint in Alabaster. This paint is formulated with trim and doors in mind, so it’s a great option!

How to Paint Your Trim -- tips for how to paint your trim and baseboards easily, quickly and without ruining your walls, carpet or hard flooring. I knew our trim and doors were starting to look a bit yellow, but I had no idea how bad it was until saw the contrast between the new and old paint. This photo doesn’t really do it justice, and it’s only with the primer… but it is looking so much better! Every thing seems a bit newer, cleaner, and brighter with fresh white trim. 

So far I’ve only tackled our entry way and our master bath {womp, womp}, so I still have a long ways to go. But! It seems much more doable now that I have an easy system in place. Getting the trim and doors painted in the bathroom also means that phase 1 of our master bath makeover is done {finally!}, so I’ll have a reveal for you soon! :) 

Have a great day! 

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