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How To Paint Trim

Painting trim anywhere in the house can lighten up and enhance the beauty of any room. It’s important to go with a color that will fit in with the rest of the home as the trim is more of an accent color.


Painting trim can be a little stressful as its such a small area, but with these simple steps, you’ll be able to quickly and confidently paint the trim in any room.


Tools Needed:


Before anything gets started you’ll need some pretty common tools that will set you up perfectly for a quick and high-quality paint job. Although not all will be necessary it will make the job much easier and mess-free.


  • Cleaning Rags

  • Sandpaper

  • Sponges

  • Painters tape

  • Caulk & sealant

  • Cleaning rags

  • Paint

  • Primer

  • Paintbrush

  • Drop Cloth

  • Scraper


Step 1: Tips Before Getting To Work


The first and most important step in terms of keeping the floor paint-free is to put a drop-cloth down. Another major tip to keeping paint in one spot is to use painters tape.


Although it would be amazing the truth is nobody can paint a room without any slip-ups or mistakes.


The final tip before diving into the start of the job is to use a slightly angled brush. This will be much easier to control than a flat-head brush.


Step 2: Remove Any Existing Paint


Before applying any paint you’ll want to remove any old paint. Leaving the old paint on will cause the new layer of paint to possibly peel or just not adhere as it should.


The best way to do this is by using a sponge soaked with any paint remover. This should get the majority off but if there’s any chips or paint leftover be sure to scrape it off with a scraper.


Step 3: Fill Gaps With Caulk


You'll want to caulk any cracks, splits, or holes in the trim. This step is vital to do before painting the trim or it could lead to future issues.


This will also give a much better and smoother look in the end. Without caulking these spaces the cracks could get much worse and won’t look like a complete job.


Step 4: Prime


One step that can be easily skipped or seen as “Unnecessary” is priming. This can be easy to skip since it's extra work and you may think, “what's the point?”.


Priming is like setting a canvas to paint on. By priming, the paint will easily adhere much easier than going without it. It will also bring out your paints true color.

Step 5: Apply Finish Coat


Once the primer is dry, you can finally begin the exciting part – painting.


This is when you get to see the room come to life. The best way to paint is with a 2-inch angled brush. This provides the easiest and smoothest paint job.


Another major tip is to be sure to remove the painter’s tape before it dries. Leaving the tape there while the paint dries can sometimes allow the paint to seep through.


Final Thoughts


Painting the trim in any room has many benefits such as lightening, finishing, or even just a nice change of scenery.


This job can be maybe a little stressful but following a few simple steps, the job should be very quick and easy!


If it ever gets stressful be sure to push through and picture how amazing it’ll look in the end!


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