How to Prep and Paint Baseboards

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about your baseboards until it’s time to paint them. And even then, you might not be sure how to go about it. Well, don’t worry! We’re here to help. In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to prep your baseboards for paint so that they look great and last for years. Follow our tips and you’ll be painting like a pro in no time!

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What are baseboards and why do they need to be painted?

There’s no hard and fast rule for when to paint your baseboards. If they’re starting to look dull, or if you’re painting your walls and want to give the whole room a fresh look, then it might be time to give them a new coat of paint. Baseboards are usually made from wood, so there is a little prep work that is needed.

How to prep your baseboards for paint

When it comes time to paint your baseboards, there are a few prep steps you’ll need to take to ensure a smooth, professional-looking finish. First, use a putty knife or similar tool to fill any cracks or holes in the wood. Once the filler is dry, sand the entire surface to create an even surface for painting. Next, use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust or debris. If you need to, you may want to use a light cleaner like diluted Pinesol to remove any dust, dirt, grease, or sticky substances. Be sure to wipe with a clean damp cloth after to wipe off any Pinesol that may be remaining. Allow to dry completely. Finally, apply painters’ tape to any areas where you don’t want paint to accidentally get on (such as the floor or adjacent walls). With these simple prep steps, your baseboards will be ready for a fresh coat of paint!

What type of paint to use when painting baseboards

Baseboards are one of those finishing touches that can really make a room pop. But when it comes to choosing the right paint for the job, there are a few things to keep in mind. For starters, glossy paints are generally not a good idea, as they tend to highlight imperfections. Flat or semi-gloss paints are a better option, as they provide a smooth finish that is easy to clean. For baseboards located in high traffic areas, an eggshell or pearl finish can be a good choice, as it is durable and easy to touch up. When it comes to color, white is always a safe bet, but feel free to experiment with other shades that complement the rest of your décor. With a little trial and error, you’re sure to find the perfect paint for your baseboards.

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Painting your baseboards

it’s important to choose the right type of paintbrush. A small, angled brush works well for getting into the corners and crevices. Second, be sure to apply at least two coats of paint for even coverage. And lastly, don’t forget to remove any tape or painter’s plastic before the paint has a chance to dry.


As you can see, painting your baseboards is not as difficult as it may seem. With a little prep work and the right type of paint, you can achieve professional-looking results that will transform the look of your room. Chair rail molding can also be done the same as baseboards. So go ahead and give it a try – we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is!

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