What is the best way to paint baseboards?

While painting a wall is simple enough, learning to paint baseboards can be difficult. In addition to being in an odd spot, baseboards are simply not something we paint all that often, so they’re tough to wrap our heads around. Luckily, painting baseboards doesn’t need to be so difficult. With a few simple tools and a spare afternoon, you can have your baseboards looking as if they’ve been professionally painted. Here’s how.

First, you need to wash your baseboards. A warm, damp rag will do just fine, although you may have to resort to a scrub brush, soap and water if your house is older or your baseboards are very dirty. Once you’ve thoroughly washed the baseboards and let them dry completely, it’s time to patch any holes. A simple painter’s spackling paste does this job beautifully. For best results, use your finger to push the putty into the holes and then wipe any excess away with a soft rag.

When this job is done, it’s time to tape the baseboards along the space where they meet the floor and the wall with painter’s tape. Be sure to put down a piece of plastic or a drop cloth to protect your flooring from drips and splatter.

Now that all the preparatory work is done, it’s time to start painting. Move in long, fluid, horizontal strokes parallel to the floor. The type of paint you’re using determines how many coats you need, although one is usually sufficient for baseboards unless you are making a drastic change to the color. Once you’ve got all the surfaces painted, pull off your painter’s tape and clean up any lines that need it.

While baseboards don’t get all the attention of a freshly painted room, they’re a great way to dress up a space and make the entire area feel fresher and cleaner.

If you need paint, drop cloths, brushes, tape and other supplies to get your baseboard project started, contact Paintzen for a free quote today. We’re happy to help you get your project on the road.

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