I want to do a good job painting the interior of my home. I need some tips
on painting the baseboards without ruining the carpeting.
I also want to paint the ceiling and have a nice STRAIGHT line of where the
walls meet the ceiling.
Please share your tips of what materials you use etc. etc etc.
Any paint store should carry what I used for this exact situation. It is a
paint edger aprox. 12" long, plastic, with a very thin stainless steel edge
on one side. The way I used it was to push down,or hold down on the edger
with one hand tight to the bottom of the baseboard, keeping the carpet out
of the way. I painted with the other hand, with a good quality brush. Now,
as you paint, just slowly slide the edger along as you continue to paint.
The key is to go slowly, and do not spill. It will look great!
Now a straight line is more difficult. I have tried tape, but what works
for me is a very light pencil line with a long straight edge, and a good
quality brush (3-4 inch), and use a good slow stroke. Try to use your legs,
as I found it gave a nice even stroke instead of just your wrist or arm. I
found I was less tired. Do not forget to take a break, and relax.
My best suggestion is this:
If there are two people (like the wife-husband) involved, make sure the
one that is most concerned with the outcome does all the work as they will
be upset until you repaint. Nothing like something you look at every day to
really get to you.
Nice rationalization for lazy folks.
I do a lot of interior painting, and it's a lot about simply slowing down and
taking care. And doing the prep. Like a lot of jobs. Which is why some folks
don't like work. It's this sniggling thing about needing to do things right
that they think is just other people's problem. Or they wish it were...
Very true. You can help yourself with your ceiling painting by doing
1) accept that where your walls meet your ceiling is probably not a
perfect 90-degree angle and also is likely not perfectly straight in
and of itself, and
2) try using those wheeled edging paint pad products (I can't find the
brand name on mine, but it's red), and carefully follow the
directions. I use these for ALL edges except horizontal ones, which I
tape with 3M blue tape.
My wife and I work as a team.
We move the furniture, remove switch and outlet plates.
She's GREAT at doiing trim work.
She uses masking tape where needed,
but mainly uses an edging tool for trim and edging.
* ( those little 2 X 3" pads with rollers on the edge )
I follow along with a roller, covering the large expanses of wall.
* Use a 2' extension on the roller, and you can paint
walls and ceiling without pushing around a ladder.
We can do a large room in less than an hour....start to finish
We've found that the cheapest/easiest renovation
is a $20 gallon of paint.
For straight lines, if you use painters tape,:
*Do a first coat of the color that is under the tape. The idea is to
get a film that seals any place where the tape is not sticking to the
*Paint with your "unmasked" color.
*Score the line with a knife.
*Have a beer (or imbibement of your choice)
The other route is to paint close, and install pre painted/stained
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
For the baseboards, just wedge something under them to protect the
carpet. Old venetian blind slats work great. You can also use heavy
If your ceiling is fairly smooth, I've found that Sherline roller pads
work great for the wall to ceiling intersection. You can also do it
by hand with a good brush. Follow up immediately by painting the wall
to maintain a wet edge.
It's always better to bring the white ceiling paint a tad down from
the absolute corner. (approx. 1/16 - 1/8" down) Wall paint that gets
extended past the corner and onto the ceiling usually looks very
I rarely use masking tape for interior painting.
Also buy the best quality brushes, rollers, paint.
Remove the baseboards, sand and paint them, and then re-install. This is a
pain in the tuckus, but it worked faster and better than any attempt of
mine to paint them in place.
This is tough if you have popcorn finished ceilings. Paint the wall
without worrying about the edge where it meets the ceiling. Then put up
some masking tape on the wall, and re-paint the ceiling edges where it
meets the wall. I actually bring the ceiling colour down onto the wall by
about 1/8 inch -- it allow me to get a very straight line, even with
popcorn "chunks" right at the edges of the ceiling.
Buy the best paint brushes that money can buy. For latex paints, look for
brushes that use a blend of Tynex and Orel fibers (tapered fibers
manufactured and trademarked by DuPont).
I recommend placing 2 inch blue tape on the carpeting tucked by the
baseboards. Another option would be to use some cardboard or pieces of a
venetian blinds. Just make it easy when you're finished to pull the tape
and not pull some of the paint with you.
Thank you. Susan
I used a professional service to do it in my bedroom - they did a good
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.