Question: “My wife and I are excited to get started transforming our living room! We picked up all the supplies and did all the prep work as you suggested, but as soon as we picked up the paint brush, we hit a dead end and an interesting debate! Which do you paint first? The trim or the wall? Please help us settle this, so I can win the bet, and we can get on with our renos!”
Answer: We hear you loud and clear, and you are not alone! This debate even has some of the pros running in circles, and some may debate that it’s a matter of preference. Either way, you want it done right, and we can all agree that nothing can transform the look and feel of your home like a new coat of paint, and nothing can ruin your new paint job like a messy trim. Here are some tips and advice regarding your trim from our experts at The Repaint Specialists.
What Comes First? The Trim or The Wall?
As mentioned above, this could come down to a matter of preference. After all, either way you run the risk of getting the paint from the trim on the walls, and the paint from the walls on the trim. However, we at The Repaint Specialists tend to advise you to start your project by painting the trim, and be certain to allow plenty of time for the paint to dry before moving on. With a little luck, patience, and high quality products such as those from Sherwin-Williams, Cloverdale, Behr, and Benjamin Moore, you can avoid any unwanted messes and mishaps!
Tips for Painting Baseboards
Baseboard are the first to show signs of a well loved room, and it really isn’t any surprise. Baseboards can easily become scuffed or nicked during everyday activities. It’s likely your baseboards will require patching, so be sure to thoroughly inspect them before you begin your project. If patching is required, then apply compound according to the package directions. Once the compound is dried, go ahead and give the patched areas a light sanding to reveal a smooth finish. Don’t forget to go along after with a vacuum hose to remove any dust and debris before painting!
Follow these tips for the best way to paint baseboard and other trim around your home:
- Protect your living space by always using a drop cloth, and applying a painters tape along the bottom where the trim meets the floor. This will provide added protection, especially for expensive hardwood surfaces.
- Clean messes immediately after they happen by using a damp cloth that is kept near by
- Use a high quality angled paint brush, and begin by loading the brush with paint approximately two-thirds of the way up the brush, and dab against the container to remove any excess.
- Use long strokes when applying paint to baseboards, and be sure to work in small sections, avoiding going back and forth over the same area.
- Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly before determining if a second one is needed.
For guaranteed flawless finish, trust our leading team of experts at The Repaint Specialists in Edmonton, Alberta.
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