Some of you have may have noticed that I’ve been MIA for a while… our house renovation has really been messing with my normal routine! Since I’ve been painting A LOT lately, I thought I would share with you some tips and tricks I’ve learned for how to paint trim.
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Our house was built in the mid-nineties, and came with the orange “oak” colored trim. I liked it then, but have longed to paint it for a few years now.
In preparation for the hardwood floors being installed, the baseboard trim was taken off all of the walls. So, I was lucky that I could paint all of it while it was off of the walls – all 51 pieces of it. I won’t be so lucky when it’s time to paint the trim around the windows and doorways. I’ll be doing another video that will show some tips and tricks for painting trim that’s attached to the wall later.
Here’s a picture of the trim laid out all over our living room. The hardwood floor boxes made good sawhorses!
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1. Wooster paintbrush – I LOVE this paintbrush! The soft rubber handle makes it comfortable to use for hours.
2. Benjamin Moore Advance paint – color white. This paint is awesome when you want a very smooth finish. It has a slow dry time, so it levels out very nicely.
3. Wooster roller – This roller is fabulous! The smooth finish it gives is almost as good as the finish you get from spray painting.
4. Zinsser Allprime Oil-Base Sealer and Stain Blocker. This is a good oil primer to cover the wood stain and varnish.
5. Black and Decker Mouse Detail Sander – This was great for sanding the flat parts of wood. It has a narrow tip at the top that helped to get in the corners of the drawer fronts.
6. Sandpaper – (not pictured) I used regular sandpaper on the curved parts of wood that the Mouse Sander could not get to.
7. TSP Substitute – (not pictured) This is a liquid form of TSP.
When I started to try to paint the trim, I was having a lot of trouble. Luckily, my husband called me from the paint store right about then, and I was able to talk to one of the employees of the paint store who has worked there for 15 years. He gave me these tips and tricks for painting the trim that I’m going to share with you in the video. I have also written out the steps too. Some of the first steps aren’t shown in the video.
Step 1 – Clean the trim with TSP and rinse well.
Step 2 – Lightly sand the trim with 150 grit sandpaper. You just want to scuff up the finish – not take it completely off. Use a tack cloth to wipe away the dust from sanding.
Step 3 – Prime the trim with an oil-based primer. I used Zinsser’s All Prime and a paint brush made for oil based paints.
Step 4 – This really isn’t another step, but I wanted to talk about the products that I used. I’m a big believer in buying good paint and paint applicators. To paint the trim I used a good Wooster Shortcut tapered paint brush and also a Wooster Big Green foam roller. That’s the big key – use both the paint brush and the roller. The paint I used is Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint. It’s a hybrid of an oil and latex paint. It’s supposed to be very durable like an oil paint, but it shouldn’t yellow over time like an oil paint can. I love working with it. The only down side is that you have to wait 16 hours to do a second coat.
Step 5 – With the foam roller, paint the top edge of the trim.
Step 6 – With the paint brush apply the paint to the front side of the trim – making sure to only paint a small section at a time. I probably only painted 12″ at a time.
Step 7 – Working on the section that you just painted with the brush, roll over the paint with the foam roller. Try not to have too much paint on the roller, you’re only trying to smooth out the brush strokes from the brush. This is the secret to getting a nice smooth finish. Almost as good as spray painting would give you.
Step 8 – Continue along the rest of the piece of trim using these steps.
Step 9 – Apply a second coat after waiting the recommended time period for your paint. Like I mentioned before, I had to wait 16 hours before I could apply the second coat of paint.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this how to paint trim tutorial!
Do you have any painting tips or tricks?
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