HOW TO COMFORTABLY PAINT BASEBOARDS

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Giving that baseboard a new look by painting it, is one of the nicest projects you can do to remodel a room that takes less than four hours and will help it shine like nothing else just make sure that you’re going to use the right type of paint. It doesn’t matter whether you are doing it with windows, crown molding, or baseboards, painting interior trim can almost guarantee maximum results with only minimum effort. Baseboards are not just there to serve as design, it is installed for a functional purpose. Baseboards makes the perfect transition of the wall going to the floor, whatever type of support you have on your wall or floor. They will perfectly conceal wires and wallpaper fringe. They are made to hide cracks where the wall and the floor connects. It also gives a modern touch to your interior. There’s so much about baseboards click here to learn more.

To make sure that you will definitely turn your baseboard to something fantastic, you should first learn how to paint baseboards properly.

Cleaning and preparing your workspace. Just like other home painting jobs always always begin by cleaning out the room that your going to work on, everything from furniture, decorations, and everything that is movable. A clean works place is the key element to an awesome result. Prepare your floors before messing it up with when you started to paint, you should make sure that you get your floors properly prepared and protected.

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For Baseboards on Carpeted floors

Use painter’s tape or a regular masking tape and make sure you tape it properly to the carpet and tuck at least 1/4” of the tape under the baseboard to make sure that the paint can’t get into the carpet in any way. Another thing that you can do is to use the slats from old metal blinds. Then secure the holes on it using a masking tape. Put a drop cloth down that covers the floor of the room. Slip in the slats between the carpet and the baseboard on top of the drop cloth. Wedge the cord from the blinds between the slats and baseboard, using the blade from a screwdriver to push it in as far down as possible. This will hold the drop cloth down and keep the carpet away from the baseboard. After the painting job you can remove the slats with the use of a utility knife to cut the cord free from the paint. Get the cord, blinds, and drop cloth. The carpet will spring back in place paint free and not stuck to the baseboard.

For Baseboard on Wooden floors, Linoleum or Tiled Floors

It is much easier to tape off a non-carpeted floor, but it is also easier to get the plaint to flow in between the tape and the trim then it will get on the floor. Take enough time and make sure to carefully place the tape right up towards the baseboard making sure that no flooring is showing up at the same time there should be no tape going over to the baseboard. After taping the floor, firmly press the tape down using a 5-in-1 tool you should press it next to the trim for it to make a nice seal. Make sure not to have any gaps between the tape and trim where any flooring is visible, at the same time be careful there should be no spots that the tape goes over the trim.

Cleaning and sanding the baseboards. Also make sure to dust and clean your baseboards. This it the step that you need to do before sanding your baseboard it is important that it is clean from dirt and dust. You can use water, dish soap, and cloth in cleaning it. If there’s grease and grim on the baseboard you can use Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) in cleaning it. It is best to use hot water. Make sure to dry up your baseboard before sanding it. A good sanding will remove remaining grim, polish and and smooths marks caused by nail holes.

Filling the nail holes with spackle and sand the baseboard. When painting the baseboard, you should fill any old nail holes in the board. Because if you won’t each hole will show as a dark shadow and contrast with your new paint. But there’s an exception for dark colors such as brown or black, if you are painting your baseboard either of these colors, you can may get away with not filling nails holes if you want because they will not be visible in the end.

Use spackling paste  and fill every hole in the wood. Then put a small amount of paste on the 5-in-1 tool and then just use a finger with a bit of paste to fill the holes. Allow it to fully dry, usually an hour or two.

Once the paste is dry, take a fine grit sanding sponge and sand the entire wood with extra attention to smooth out all of the spackling paste. Once you are done sanding, clean off all of the dust created. If any of your nail holes are not totally filled, you may need to do a second coat of spackling paste. Check and take the time to do the second coat if needed, it will make your final product look a lot great.

Caulking all the gaps and corners. You should caulk all of the corners and gaps between the baseboard and the wall as well as in the corners where the baseboard changes direction.

Get a nice bead of caulk and not a large mess. Running a perfect bead of caulk takes practice, here are some steps on how to caulk baseboards.

Brushing on the primer, then the first coat and the second coating. Now it’s time to put on the primer use straight even strokes as you brush on the primer. Make sure that the brush strokes are smooth to get a smoother results. After the primer dries up take one of your fine sanding sponges and sand it as smooth as possible without sanding through the primer and back to bare wood. After sanding, vacuum all of the wood again to remove any dust. Then brush off your first coat just like how you brushed the primer on. Allow the first coat to dry. After the first coat gets dry you can now brush on the second coat but this time it’s a bit different. This time do the sanding using the extra fine sanding sponges to make sure that there will be no scratches on your final coat. After sanding make sure to vacuum it very well to get rid of the dust. Again, remember to make smooth, long brush strokes, apply even coats and watch for runs.

Now that you completely painted the baseboard just do a quick inspection to check for imperfections then clean up the mess.