Every homeowner knows that one of the best ways to freshen the look and feel of your house every few years is to apply a new coat of paint. It’s a relatively inexpensive and simple home maintenance project that will pay huge dividends for years to come. You can also track the trends in colors to come up with something that will literally transform a stale room into something truly cutting edge. Yet even the most die hard do-it-yourself aficionado blanches at the interior trim work. The baseboards, the window sills and the door frames can frustrate you to no end, and truly suck all of the fun out of the process. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to alleviate the anguish. Here are five tips for painting home interior trim.
First of all, the key to the whole thing is getting the right paint brushes. This is not an area where you should skimp. You might think that all brushes are the same, but there is a wide range and buying on the low end will always come back to bite you. In addition, you’ll need a couple of different options. You should have angled brushes, both medium and small on hand. Trim isn’t usually flat, but includes grooves and details that need proper coverage. The angled brush will help you get in there, but in a controlled manner so you avoid bubbles and drips.
Now that you’ve got the right tools, it’s time to prep your work area. The trim that you are going to paint must be absolutely clean before you get started. Even a bit of dust will mess up the finish and leave roughness where you want smoothness. Keep a close eye out for any residue from your putty application and sanding process. Wipe everything down with a damp towel or piece of paper, and then let it fully dry before you hit the trim with a brush.
The type of paint finish you choose is also important. Your best bet will always be either high-gloss or semi-gloss. This will help the trim pop out from the rest of the wall. Since you usually do trim in white you can often find the gloss level you need already mixed and ready in a home renovation or paint store. The gloss level you go with is a completely personal choice, but make sure there’s at least a little bit of shine there.
Once you’re ready to go, make sure your brushes are completely full of paint. This isn’t the sort of situation where less is more. You’ll want that brush head completely packed with your color before getting started. Glossy paint dries very quickly, so you won’t really want to have to go over it again and again. It will get sticky, and end up looking uneven at the end of the project.
Finally, know when the job is done. Even the most experienced Vancouver painters can be tempted to poke at their work, going back over it and over it. You think you’re going to make it perfect this way, but you’ll only end up making things worse. Use that loaded paint brush in long, smooth strokes, and then let everything dry. You can come back the next day for a second coat if necessary, but you won’t know until then if it is truly needed.