How To Paint Baseboards The Right Way To Avoid A Messy Room Repaint

Painting a room by yourself can get very messy quickly if you don’t know what to do. But don’t worry, it’s really simple. Learn the proper steps on how to paint baseboards and your room. Save yourself a lot of cash since getting a professional to do this work can cost you a lot when you can do it yourself.

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Learn the Proper Steps on How to Paint Baseboards


  • Paint
  • 2-inch wide brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Clean cloth
  • Old newspaper, tarp, drop cloths, or plastic sheets
  • Water
  • Wood filler

Step 1: Clean the Baseboards

Clean the Baseboards How to paint baseboards

Painting a dirty baseboard can mess up your work on the get-go. So it’s very important to use a moist cloth to clean the wood with any dirt or dust. A great tip in doing this is by starting at one corner and work your way around.

Step 2: Fill Holes and Nail Depressions

After cleaning the baseboard, make sure that you don’t have any big holes from old screws or any noticeable damages. If you see any, use a wood filler to fill it up. Don’t forget to sand the hardened wood filler after.

If you see tiny holes or small nail depressions though, you don’t have to worry. There is no need to fill them up. Painting over it will suffice.

Step 3: Prepare to Paint

Prepare to Paint How to paint baseboards

This step is crucial to make this work very neat. Use an old newspaper, tarp, drop cloth, or plastic sheets to cover the ground.

As for the wall, carefully line up painter’s tape to cover it in case your brush goes over the baseboard when painting.

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Step 4: Prime the Wood

Prime the Wood How to paint baseboards

This step is crucial for painting raw/bare wood. But since we’re talking about repainting, this step will be beneficial to keep a cleaner look. If the old paint is still in great condition, you may skip this step.

If you have to prime the wood, remember to mix the paint well before using it.

Step 5: Start With the Fun Part

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After priming the baseboard, it’s time to jump to the fun part of painting it. Again, start from the corner and make your way around. Hold the brush sideways and paint horizontally to keep everything clean and to maximize each stroke.

Watch this video from Lowe’s Home Improvement to learn how to paint baseboards and your entire room:

It isn’t that hard, right? It may sound a lot to handle but it’s really simple. To keep everything neat make sure you brush delicately and carefully to avoid the paint from splattering all over.

Do you have other ways and tips on how to paint baseboards and your living room? Share it in the comments below!

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