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How to Paint Baseboards and Molding

Here are some simple steps that will help make painting your baseboards easier.

Painting Tips & Tools

  • Use a 2 to 2 ½ inch angle sash brush (depending on the size and type of trim).

For latex paint, use a good quality nylon or poly/nylon brush.

For alkyd paint, use a natural bristle brush.

  • Start painting in the corner, then work your way around the room.

  • Carefully paint in a straight line, making sure that your paint strokes follow the length of the baseboard rather than going up and down.

  • Don’t remove the painters tape until the paint is dry to the touch.

  • We recommend using a sheen that is higher in gloss than what is on the walls, as this will showcase the molding, separating the walls from the trim. However, this is a personal choice.

For best results, ALWAYS READ THE PAINT CAN LABEL. Professionals read the paint can labels to get the paint manufacturers’ most up-to-date information and instructions on the use of each specific paint. Every paint is different, and the labels provide important information, such as the average coverage area per gallon, drying times, number of coats needed, and surface preparation requirements. The labels also give specific safety information that should be carefully adhered to.


1. Protect the floor with a drop cloth.

2. Wipe the baseboard with a damp cloth to remove dust and dirt.

3. Protect the wall just above the baseboard with wide painter's tape.

4. Also place painter's tape around the doorway and top edge of the door.



Beading | Cutting in
Consider the surface type | Preparing a good surface

Dragging | Ragging
glazing your walls | glazing wood

How to remove old wallpaper

How to paint a ceiling | Using masking tape
How to prepare bare wood | How to paint bare wood

How to make a tinted oil glaze | Applying a glaze

How to Repair Cracks and Holes in Your Walls

Preparing to paint | How much paint?

Paint Your Room in This Order

Painting walls & ceiling > Order of work | How to apply latex paint

Painting outlet covers | Adding details

Painting between rooms | How to varnish wood

Painting with a roller | When to use paint pad
Preparing paint | Why use a paint bucket

Pickling wood

Procedure for doors | How to paint baseboards

Procedure for windows

Rag rolling | Bagging

Removing flaking paint | How to fill holes

Repainting woodwork | Smoothing between coats

Remedy faults

Sponging on | Sponging off

Stippling | Store bought textured paint


Sizing surfaces | Mixing paste | Measuring cutting lining paper

When to sieve paint | Paintbrush know how

How to Paint Ceilings


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Painting is a skill that you can learn and with practice even excel at.
I offer house painting tips and procedures for what it takes to make a really good paint job last. Plus many more interior and exterior house painting ideas and techniques you may never have though of.

  • I Will Walk You Through

  • Choosing the Most Pleasing Paint Color

  • Using the Most Appropriate Caulk and Where To Use It

  • Interior and Exterior Surface Preparation Techniques

  • Interior and Exterior Painting Techniques

  • Drywall Repair

  • Refinishing a Wood Deck

  • Decorative Painting Techniques

  • Cabinet Refinishing

  • Choosing the Correct Primer for Your Project

  • The Types of Interior and Exterior Paint and Which is the Best for Your Circumstance

  • Choosing a Correct Interior and Exterior Wood Stain

  • The Best Interior or Exterior Clear Wood Finishes To Use Around Your Home

  • The Types of Masonry Sealers

  • Choosing the Correct Tools for Your Painting Project

  • Finding an Experienced and Quality Minded House Painting Contractor

  • Wood Refinishing or Apply Stain and Finish To New Wood


House Painting Tips & Ideas

House Painting Tips
Home Office Paint
Home Painting Design
Home Painting Techniques
Appliance Painting Tips
Bathroom Painting Ideas
Bedroom Painting Ideas
Color Ideas For Interior Painting
Exterior House Painting Tips
Furniture Painting Ideas
Home Painting Ideas
Home Painting Tips

Ideas for Painting Kids Bedrooms
Living Room Painting Ideas
Painting Ideas For A Boy's Bedroom
Painting Ideas For A Girl's Room
Painting Ideas For Interior Walls
Painting Ideas For Toddler Rooms
Painting Preparation Tips
Tips For Painting Over Wallpaper
Tips On Painting A Room
Tips On Painting Ceilings
Tips On Painting Kitchen Cupboards


Do I Need to Use Paint Primer?

How to Sponge Paint a Wall

Paint Color Moods

Tips for Faux Paint Finishes

Types of Creative Paint Finishes


Choose the Right Color

Having trouble picking the perfect paint color for your home decorating project? Not sure what type of paint you should use? Don't feel bad -- even the pros need help from time to time...


How to Rag Roll A Wall

The rags used for this decorating technique should be the same material and seamless...


How to Sponge Paint A Wall

Before sponging, test the technique on a spare piece of drywall. Colors can be made more or less transparent by adding varying amounts of water or thinner to the paint...


How to Patch Peeling Paint

Using a putty knife or a paint scraper, remove the loose paint from the wall...


How to Repair Damaged Plaster

 Make sure that there are no leaks in the area of the dam aged plaster. If there are any, fix them and allow to dry for a couple of weeks or after next rainstorm...


Interior Paint Problems


Exterior Paint Problems




Caulk Failures

Cracking - Flaking

Foaming - Cratering


Mud Cracking


Picture Framing

Poor Scrub Resistance

Poor Sheen Uniformity

Poor Stain Resistance

Poor Flow - Leveling

Poor Hiding

Roller Marks - Stipple

Roller Spattering


Surfactant Leaching





Chalk Run down
Cracking Flaking

Dirt Pickup
Efflorescence - Mottling
Fading-Poor Color Retention



Nailhead Rusting

Paint Incompatibility

Poor Galvanized Metal Adhesion
Poor Alkali Resistance
Poor Gloss Retention

Surfactant Leaching

Tannin Staining

Vinyl Siding Warp

Wax Bleed



The Home Repair Guide

Appliance on Fire

Air Pollution in Home

Appliance Plug or Cord Defective

Bathtub Stopper Defective

Carpet Is Stained

Carbon Monoxide in Home

Central Humidifier Overflows

Central Humidifier Is Noisy

Chimney Overheated or on Fire

Circuit Wiring Overloads

Central Air Conditioner Quits

Clothes Washer Quits

Cordless Phone Defective

Defects in Wallpaper

Defects in Wallboard

Dishwasher Malfunctions

Drain Pipes Are Clogged

Drawer Is Stuck

Doorbell Defective

Door Won’t Close Correctly

Earthquake Threatens Home

Excessive Moisture in Home

Electrical Circuit Fails

Electric Blanket Doesn’t Work

Excessive Lead Around Home

Electrical Plug Detective

Fire Inside Home

Fuel Supply Is Cut Off

Furniture Finish Damaged

Flood Threatens Home

Floors or Stairs Squeak

Faucet Drips

Faucet Handle Leaks

Fixture Drain Is Clogged

Furnace Doesn’t Work

Furnace Makes Noises

Garage Door Opener Quits

Garage Door Opener Won’t Close

Gas Smell in Home

Gas Detector Sounds

Gas Appliance Venting Faulty

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Device Defective

Home Has Been Flooded

Home Suffers Earthquake

Home Wiring Inadequate

Home Wiring Short Circuits

Hole in Wallboard

Hole or Crack in Plaster

Hurricane Threatens Home

Ice Dams Form on Roof

Light Switch Defective

Light Switch Defective

Lamp Socket Defective

Microwave Doesn’t Work


Manual Garage Door Won’t Open

Mold and Mildew Inside Home

Outlet Receptacle Defective

Oven Thermostat Faulty

Oven Light Burns Out

Power Supply Is Cut Off

Portable Humidifier Malfunctions

Portable Dehumidifier Defective

Physical Contact with Electricity

Phone Doesn’t Work

Radon in Home

Radiator Valve Leaks

Refrigerator Malfunctions

Resilient Floor Is Damaged

Room Air Conditioner Quits

Roof Shingles Leak

Screens Punctured or Torn

Screens Need Replacement

Smoke Detector Sounds

Showerhead Holes Are Clogged

Septic System Backs Up

Special Coverings Stained

Sink Disposal Jammed Up

Steam Iron Works Poorly

Stove Elements Defective

Structural Wood Is Rotting

The well-stocked toolbox

Thermostat Doesn't Work

Thermostat Malfunctions

Thermostat Needs Adjustment

Tile Wall Is Crumbling

Tornado Threatens Home

Toilet Is Plugged Up

Toilet (Old-Style) Runs

Toilet (New-Style) Runs

Toilet Flush Inadequate

Toilet Makes Noises

Toilet Base Leaks

Tub-Wall Seal Leaks

Vinyl Floor Is Stained

Water Heater Leaks

Water Heater Makes Noises

Water Heater Overheats

Water Pipe Leaks

Water Pipes Are Frozen

Water Pipes Are Noisy

Water Pressure Is Low

Well Is Running Dry

Water from Heater Smells

Water in Basement

Window Glass Is Broken

Window Frame Is Stuck

Wood Floor Is Stained

Wood Screws Won’t Tighten

Wood Shingles Damaged


Painting tips

Paint Acoustic Tile
Whether you've had water damage or just years of wear and tear an acoustic tile ceiling can lose it's clean look over time, if you'd like the look back, paint...

Paint Applications
You have your paint, your drop cloth and tape, but what's the best applicator for the job? Well I have some ideas...

Paint Spruce-ups
If your paint job is looking a little dull, you can perk it up with very little time and effort. Here are a few techniques that you can use to add color and texture to your walls...

Paint Stains
Lets face it, paint spills are a big mess, but they don't have to be permanent. I have some easy tips to help you get rid of any latex paint stain...

Paint Steps
Don't want to paint yourself into a corner? How about getting stuck up or down the steps after you paint them...

Paint Storage
Storing paint is one of those things that you're never sure you're doing right. Here are some easy tips to keep your paint fresh for the next time you need it...



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