How to Paint Floor Trim
Here’s an easy tip for those of you that are planning on painting the trim in a carpeted room:
Buy one of these:
It’s a 12 inch wide joint compound knife. Usually people use them to shmear spackle into holes in their wall. But now it is going to help you keep your semi-gloss off your berber (or shag…or whatever else carpet you may have!).
Step #1 - tape off your trim at the top where it meets the wall….or don’t if you feel extra confident about your steady hand. Then lay your knife next to your trim so that the edge is butted up against your trimwork.
Step #2 – Lift your knife to an angle with your non-paintbrush-hand.
You are gonna wanna make sure no carpet particles are trapped between your knife and your trimwork. You are compressing the carpet so that you can get the best possible carpet protection.
Step #3 – Dip & Dab
Load your paintbrush and get the majority of the excess paint onto your trim at the top where the wall meets your trimwork. You want to end up with a paintbrush that has paint on it but isn’t dripping. This is important prep for the next step.
Step #4 – Attack above the Crack
Now with your still wet paintbrush, run the brush along the trim slightly above the knife. Make sure to hold the knife firmly against your trim and allow no excess paint to drip down into the crack. You are going to apply the paint directly…don’t be scared if the knife gets paint on it…
Step #5 – Finish Painting the Trim
Paint the rest of the trim above the knife so that it is thoroughly covered with a thin layer of paint. Keeping the knife at the same lifted angle (around 45 degrees), slide the knife over to the next portion of trim & repeat steps #3 and #4.
If at any time your knife gets fuzz or overloaded with paint drips – do not attempt to slide & keep painting. Just continue to step #6.
Step #6 – Lower & Remove
To remove the knife from the trim without having paint particles on your carpet, first lower the handle of the knife to the floor while keeping pressure on the blade.
Then lift & remove at the same time. This will ensure that no paint from the knife will get on your carpet.
Step #7 – Swipe & Wipe
Sometimes there will be excess paint on the knife. This is when it is necessary to wipe before continuing with your carpet-protection-painting-technique. Simply take a paper towel and wipe both sides of the knife firmly until all wet paint has been removed.
There you have it folks…an easy & fast way to protect your carpet while touching up your trim! I used to use cardboard for this same effect but in the end, preferred the joint compound knife because it had a handle and was thinner – providing a way for me to get right up close & personal with that carpet without changing the hue. Plus, it was a lot easier to clean up & was reusable!
So that is my painting tip for the time-being…any other tips out there from you DIYers? Anyone have a fail-safe way (like USE A JOINT COMPOUND KNIFE) to paint better? Or maybe you are one of those scissor-sporters…you know, if the carpet gets painted, you just trim the carpet down a bit? Please don’t say that you do that folks. Carpet doesn’t grow back.