Learn the simple tips and tricks on how to paint baseboards with carpet using basic do-it-yourself skills and household materials, ensuring a mess-free fulfilling process.
Baseboards are usually used to aesthetically cover the joint between the floor and the surface of the house walls. It is no surprise that many homes have carpeted floors, making painting baseboards seemingly challenging to do. However, a careful hand, coupled with knowledge on the proper precautions, can ensure that the baseboards can be painted without spilling over the carpet.
Generally, to keep the carpet paint-free, a lot of masking or packaging tape, metal sheets, or a paint guard can be used. Here are handy ways on how to paint baseboards with carpet:
Set up the Room
Before starting to paint, the room must be prepared and clear of any obstructions. Prepare a piece of cloth, usually drop cloth, down along the section of the wall to be painted. This will ensure that paint droplet or wood dust could land on the carpet surface and ruining it. Make sure that the cloth is spread out smoothly. A plastic sheet will do just fine. If ever the fabric or plastic cover is not large enough, move the cover around the room during the painting.
To protect the wall, masking tape can be applied to cover it in case one overpaints the edge of the baseboard. Painter’s tape can also be used and is more recommended as some types of tapes may cause damage to the wall’s paint job. Apply the tape and cover at least 2 to 3 inches (around 5 to 8 cm) high from the top edge of the baseboard. Don’t be overconfident with the tape; always make sure not to hit the wall with your brush during painting.
Clean the Baseboards
For a good paint job, the target object to be painted must be made clean to ensure that the paint will stick well, and no foreign objects stick out. Use a damp cloth to wipe them, scrub stubbornly grimed areas, and use sandpaper if necessary. Before applying the paint, let them dry first for at least 2 hours. If there is a need to sand, carefully do so to prevent scuffing and scratching the surface of the wall. Always wear a mask to avoid dust wood from being inhaled. Throughout the painting process, ensure there is proper ventilation.
Protecting Your Carpet
Now here is another part of the process that needs to be done before painting: safeguard your carpet. A masking tape 2-4 inches wide is recommended. Pull around 3 feet long of this tape and apply it on the part of the carpet nearest the baseboard. Do NOT press the tape onto the carpet when laying it down, as one must cover as well the carpet underneath the baseboard if applicable. Repeat this process until the carpet areas near the baseboard have been included. Duct tape is not recommended as it could rip the carpet strands and damage them. Packaging tape is ampler. A paint guard can also be used to provide extra protection, clean it after use.
How to paint baseboards with carpet like a pro
Here is now the core part of the guide on how to paint baseboards with carpet. Paint them carefully as long as there is adequate protection installed, as discussed earlier. Here are some brief tips on how to paint like a professional:
- Use a mixing stick to mix paint until the color of the paint is even.
- Pour the paint into a clean paint tray.
- Use a brush to wipe drips on the can, especially where the lid gets sealed.
- Ensure proper ventilation.
- Dip the paintbrush in the paint tray, ensuring the brush tip is submerged and subsequently covered in paint.
- Apply the paint using the brush on the middle portion of the baseboard first, using back and forth strokes. (An angle brush can also be used and makes the paint job more manageable. It is also good to work slowly, especially when painting along the edges of the board.)
- Paint the bottom part carefully; tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle relative to the carpeted floor.
A drop cloth that partially covers only some areas must be moved to where the painting is being done (hopefully there is no tendency for the newly-applied paint to drip downward after the drop cloth is moved)
After a few hours, the drop cloth must be removed without it touching the freshly-painted baseboard. Any tape must be gently removed once the paint has thoroughly dried. The methods on how to paint baseboards with carpet may seem complicated at first, but as you gain experience, every succeeding paint job gets dramatically easier. Always be careful and gentle so that the baseboards will be okay!