Crown molding is an incredibly popular design choice these days. It’s a great way to add that extra finishing touch to a room, creating the illusion of higher ceilings and adding some visual interest to the walls. When you have trim such as crown molding, baseboards, or other types of molding, it’s a good idea to paint them when you paint the rest of the room. If you paint the walls but don’t update the trim, it could leave the trim looking a bit dull.
CROWN MOLDING PAINTING
Updating existing crown molding with paint is easy to do when you’re also painting the walls. The key thing to remember is that you need to paint all the components of your room in the right order. Start from the top and work your way down; do the first coat on your molding, then paint the ceiling, followed by another coat on your molding or trim, and then get to work on painting the walls. It’s much easier to do small touchups on the trim than it is to clean up paint splatters on the walls themselves.
PAINTING WINDOW & DOOR TRIM
Windows and doors should also be painted at the same time as your walls and other trim. Before you get started, you need to look for any holes or dents in the surface that need to be repaired. You don’t want to skip this step—if you paint without smoothing out the surface first, the imperfections will show up even more with a new coat of paint.
Once the surface repairs have been done, you’re ready to paint! With doors and windows, you’re not always dealing with a perfectly smooth surface. It’s a good idea to use a brush on any detailed areas and then roll the smoother parts. Windows and doors can make it tricky to get a smooth finish, so it’s always best if you can hire professional painters to take care of it for you.
Baseboards are another popular design feature in many homes. Again, if you’re updating the wall color in your room, it’s a good idea to paint all the trim (including the baseboards) at the same time. One thing that makes painting baseboards a bit different is that sometimes it makes more sense to remove them before you paint them. In most cases, it’s easy to paint them while they’re in place, but there are certain circumstances in which it’s best to remove them first. If you’re unsure, consult a professional painting company.
Baseboards should typically be done at the same time as the rest of the trim, whether you choose to do them before or after the walls. The key to ensuring a smooth finish is getting the prep work done properly. Baseboards tend to get dirty much quicker than other surfaces, so you want to make sure they’re cleaned thoroughly before you get started with painting. You’ll also want to make any repairs to holes and dents, so you’re starting with a smooth surface.