The wood trim in this house is more than I care to paint. It’s in every room and I will win the fight of painting it if it’s the last thing I do (and it very well might be). I’m not going to lie, this takes time. Time on your knees staring at wooden trim. Time that requires more patience than I will ever have, but I just have to bite my teeth and get through it because the outcome is so so worth it! You might remember our wood paneling room from when we first moved in… where I just recently shared a tutorial how we painted our wood paneling. Well, today I’m going to share with you how to paint wood trim. Obviously my impatience led me to do this without sanding. Let’s be honest here…
Will you get paint on any bit of your carpet?
Most likely. You CAN get it out though. Just don’t hold me responsible, you have been warned ; )
Should you sand your wood trim?
Is it working for you?
Is it perfect?
No… but good enough.
Would you do it again?
Absolutely.. I have a whole house left. This is only one room and I have every intention of repeating this process.
Now that we got those questions out of the way, let’s gather up some supplies. Part of this tutorial is just painting wood trim, part if it is if you have to deal with carpet too (cause that just really sucks!)
Painter’s Drop Cloths
Paintable Wood Filler
Appropriate grit Sandpaper
Zinsser Primer (I have never used another brand, and loved the results of this one)
Brush for painting I like the Purdy Angled brushes
Semi gloss white paint (I used it straight off the shelf – bright white baby)
If you have wood trim next to carpet and you want to paint it, first let me just say this, I’m sorry! I really am! Unless you just love tedious work that leaves you constantly fearing the ultimate demise of your carpet and you are super duper patient, you probably won’t enjoy it. It’s a long process and you have to be careful. Whoops we just described the personality that I DON’T have! I’m a quick and sloppy kinda person. Why do you think I distress everything ; )
Ok, we can really get started. Move all your furniture out of the way because you will need space to
throw fits work. As always, you want to wipe the surface you will be painting with a damp rag to remove any dust/dirt/grime. Make sure it is dry, and the fill any holes with your wood filler, and you might even want to caulk if you have any gaps. Let all that dry according to the packaging.
The Prep Work – How to Paint Wood Trim
You’ll have to excuse some of my pictures. Winter is awful for lighting here and I desperately need some kind of lighting kit!
Now get out your painters tape and paint guide. This only applies if you have carpet, if you have a flat floor you can just tape it off (do it well though, you don’t want paint on any floor). I worked in about 6-18″ sections (depending on where I was working) of tape. Tear it off and with the sticky side facing you, place it flush against your trim as far down as you possibly can. Then take your paint guide and stick it between the tape and the trim and push it down as far as you can. Then lighting stick it to your carpet, careful not to pull it out.
Now, as far as the actually painting is concerned I forgot to take pictures of those steps. Whoops! I was doing this at the same time as my paneling so I must have gotten a little distracted. Plus it’s super easy, just time consuming. You’ll be fine!
So here we go.
1.Apply 3 coats of primer, following the instruction on the can. Yup, 3 coats, sorry again! Apply it like you are cutting in if you have carpet, it really is tedious trying to keep it of your carpet!
When applying the primer use your paint guide to stick down between the trim and the tape and leave it there while you are brushing it on. This helps to be able to get down in between the carpet and the trim with the carpet pushed out of your way. Plus that tape isn’t going to keep everything off, it just helps.
2.Let the primer cure. Then do 2 coats of your white semi gloss paint. Some spots might even need a third! Anytime you are covering up wood it just plain sucks. Especially when you are brushing it on because you just can’t get those good thick coats on there. Let dry according to the manufacturer’s guidelines! Yay! You made it through.
Now that you are done, and exhausted, and probably want to scream at me for getting you into this, sit back and enjoy your beautiful white trim!
Isn’t it lovely?
If you have wood paneling like me, be sure and check out how I pained that without sanding!
Have a beautiful day!