How to Refresh Battered Trim and Molding

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Modern living room interior with door 3d rendering

Over time, your once glossy white trim and molding loses its luster and takes a beating, especially if you have children or pets in your home. Even high-quality paint will chip on the trim in high traffic areas after a few years, and baseboards specifically get dinged up with gashes and nicks. 

When your home’s trim starts to look battered, it makes the whole space look ragged. That’s when it’s time to spruce up your home and repaint the molding. A fresh coat of paint does wonders and gives your rooms and doorways a crisp and clean look. 

Don’t Skip the Prep

Preparing the molding around doorways, windows and baseboards is essential to getting a smooth finish. Taking time to do it before you paint saves time later and you’ll be happier with the results. 

  • Fill Gashes & Sand Irregularities – Use wood filler to erase gashes and digs. Sand the boards and filler until you have a nice smooth canvas to paint. 
  • Protect Floors – One of the trickiest aspects of painting baseboards is protecting your carpet, wood, or tile floors. Spend a lot of time covering your floors with drop cloths and securing it in place. It’s much easier to prevent spills and overspray than it is to clean it up afterward. 
  • Use a High Quality, Glossy Paint – Most people use a semi-gloss or high gloss paint on the trim. The reason being, paint with a gloss finish gives you a more washable surface. It makes it easier to clean off dirt and grime that tends to build up on trim. That’s why we suggest investing in quality paint that will stand up to frequent cleaning. 
  • Paint Walls After Trim – We suggest that if you plan on repainting your walls as well as the trim, that you do the trim first, then tackle the walls. That way you can paint the molding with fewer worries of getting the color on the wall. 

When in Doubt Hire the Pros

The fact of the matter is painting your trim and molding is time-consuming and tedious. The prep alone can take as much time as the actual painting. If you are worried that you don’t have the skills or more importantly the time to paint your home’s molding, hire a professional painter. Tradesmen that paint for a living have the training and experience to take on such a large-scale project. 

Painting your battered trim and molding is a great way to revive your home and give it that new feel it once had, but spare yourself the stress and mess and hire a professional painting company like Flowers Painting. 

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.