Project: Paint Trim White
Phase two took over our home last week. Phase two and a few other projects (insert sneaky side glances here). I’ll get to the projects later.
We tackled the rest of our basement and wow! It makes a huge difference! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of work. There is a long process of prep (which I’ll cover in a few jiffy’s) and the 13 corners and 4 doorways made it a lot more work than just the small 3rd bedroom with 6 corners and 2 doorways.
I’m going over the steps to prep trim from my own experience. I will be covering the actual painting later on. It’s tricky with carpet, but we figured out a trick that I think is amazing and it works really well.
You could tape off the hardware if you wanted, but since I am also painting our doors it was MUCH easier to pull the doors off and take the hardware with it.
This is a step you really don’t want to skip. You don’t believe me? Look at the picture below… That was after two rinses and starting again. Yuck!
Caulking was really important for us because our trim was never sealed to the wall. I learned this the hard way in the 3rd bedroom. There is a slim crack between the trim and the wall – after you pull the tape off there is a very distinct black gap between the trim and the wall. It was not nearly as “clean” looking as I’d hoped, but no worries, I fixed it.
Sorry about that sidetrack. Caulking is important for really clean lines. And I love those clean lines. It’s also T I M E C O N S U M I N G! This was by far the longest step besides painting (including dry time). It’s important when you caulk that you wipe the caulk off with your finger or a damp rag. I found the most success with a damp rag – more wet the dry, but not drippy. It worked great and my hands stayed clean.
Allow for the caulking to dry completely (dry time will be on the caulk tube) before you start taping. I went ahead and taped everything around the trim besides the carpet. It took a lot of time, but was worth it for me. I’m not an expert paintbrusher and the safety of the tape made painting go a lot faster.
After the tape is on then paint away!
The ledge wasn’t completely finished when I took these photos, but we got the trim done on Friday morning – right before our big delivery!
WE BOUGHT A COUCH! It’s our first big purchase in the new house! We love it and it looks so good in the basement!
We’re happy couch owners and we will soon be happy rug owners! I can’t wait to show you that.
Today starts our week with my littlest sister so we are busy busy.
Happy Monday! Are you tackling any big projects like painting your trim white? I hope so, because it’s exhilarating!
February 10, 2016 @ 5:34 PM
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