Hello friends! We are plugging along on our basement remodel. Today I’m showing the before and afters, plus a few tips, on my update with painted trim!
You can see the design plans and all the before photos for this large remodel in my first post of the series. So far, I’ve painted all of the trim and completed a revamp of our barnwood wall. It’s coming together! The flooring will be installed this week and then I’ll be able to do the fun part: decorate!
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Modernizing the Basement with Painted Trim
Our entire home had honey oak trim. While I lived with it for awhile, I decided that I wanted to modernize the basement by painting the trim white. You can see the reasoning behind that decision here. It was a HUGE project for one person to take on. But I’m so glad I did it! And I’m also glad I made the effort to get it done before our new flooring is installed.
Not having to worry about getting paint on the floors made the process much faster. Less taping, less floor covering to mess with, and less time being detailed and extra careful!
Rather than making this a full tutorial on how to paint trim, I just wanted to share some quick tips.
Painted Trim Quick Tips
There are many amazing tutorials on how to paint wood trim, but it all boils down to this process.
- Sand or de-gloss
- Use a deglosser or medium grit sand paper to rough up your wood trim. This helps the primer adhere for long term durability.
- Using painter’s tape, tape your walls and floor to avoid overpainting. Use a credit card or other flat surface to get a clean seal on your tape by running it along the edges.
- For wood trim, an oil-based primer works best for durability. Prime your trim fully before applying paint.
- Once your primer is dry, caulk any gaps that are now visible. Ensure that you use paintable caulk or your paint will not adhere to the caulked gaps.
- Now you simply apply your paint! Oil based or water based are fine to apply, using a semi-gloss sheen for best durability. Paint two coats for full coverage.
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Taping your walls (and floors if you don’t have new ones coming!) is so helpful to ensure that you aren’t going back and painting your walls for touch ups as well. I sanded my trim, painted two coats of Kilz primer, and two coats of ceramic paint in Benjamin Moore White Dove.
My number one tip is not to neglect the caulk! Some would tell you to caulk all your seams prior to priming. However, I found that priming one coat first showed where all my gaps would be. This saved me time and money by not having to caulk every single space. Rather, I just focused on where the gaps were. See the difference caulk makes to have a professional finish on the baseboards!
I am so glad to be done with this project! It is not for the faint of heart, but it is so worth it if you love painted trim. I worked solo for the first three coats of paint, had help from my amazing mom on the final coat of paint, and did all the caulking and sanding myself. Doing the majority of this project alone took me about a week of 6 hour days to complete a 2,000 sq. ft. space. My advice? Ask for help. 😉
Let’s see a little visual of how painted trim helps to modernize this space. Eventually I will most likely paint the doors as well. But, one step at a time.
I also love how white trim will coordinate with any paint color I want to use on my walls. Honey oak trim is tricky to use with certain colors and long term I knew I would want the flexibility that white trim gives.
Next up, we will finally have our new floors installed! We’ve had our carpet ripped out for about 6 weeks and I’m ready for this space to feel like home again.
What color trim do you prefer? I know so many of you started reading my blog because of my honey oak trim. But as you may learn in my new book, we are all just making our own havens one project at a time. 🙂
I can’t wait to show you the final reveal in the next couple of weeks!
Looking for More Painting Tips?
- How to Paint a Room Fast in 5 Steps
- How to Paint Windows Without Tape
- How to Paint a Deck
- How to Paint a Tile Backsplash
- How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets
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