Tips For Refurbishing Your Trim

All the trim in your house can add a stylish effect to the way the room looks. The trim is things like baseboards, doors, door frames windows and their frames. Many people choose wall paint as a classic neutral color with typical names like white sand, eggshell white, cloud white, and country white.Painting Trim

Of course, there are some things that you don’t want to accentuate with color. For instance, if you have a door in the wall that really doesn’t fit well visually you might want to paint it the same color as the wall to hide this feature. Of course, if this door is being used a lot, for example, you might want to put something a little shinier than flat wall paint onto the door and trim so you might be able to wash it later if need be.

Also, caulk any cracks or openings between the trim work and the wall should be filled in to camouflage the doorway as much as possible, because if there is a gap between the frame and the wall which is going to make a black outline around the frame which you don’t want. Filing it in will smooth out the transition. I usually use latex paintable caulking.

Here’s more information on choosing the best caulk for trim and other areas of your home or business:

Siding, windows and doors: Polyurethane is best. It’s paintable. It doesn’t shrink. It stays flexible. It adheres better than silicone, and it doesn’t attract dust and dirt the way silicone does. Roofing: Use an elastomeric or rubberized product. This stuff won’t dry out in extreme conditions, and it sticks to everything. Interior trim: Use latex if you’re sealing gaps and nail holes in trim that’s going to be painted. It cleans up easily and dries fast. It’s also easy to tool—and cheap. Kitchen and bath: This is where silicone products shine. Silicone tools well. It can be purchased with antimicrobial additives, and can be easily removed and replaced when it gets grungy.

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Deciding on a Color

Drawing attention to the main feature in the room is a perfect candidate for this highlight color that you want to apply to the trim. This highlight color should be complementary or contrasting to the wall, and only one color really should be used to give the room some good continuity.

There are various sheen levels that you may consider for this trim paint. Sheen levels vary from low luster, Eggshell, Perl, semi-gloss, gloss or high-gloss. These trims have to increasingly blemish free the higher up you go in the shine levels because the shinier wood is, the more it reflects imperfections.

White is the most commonly used trim color. But this doesn’t mean that you have to stick with basic white.

Again there are all kinds of variations of white you can play with. And a lot of times you can use variations of paint percentages of the wall color, or you can use the same color as a ceiling. Important note though when you’re making a ceiling paint or a white trim paint with tint in it, don’t start with ultra-white paint and this has already some blue tint in it and it will throw off your color. Use basic white to get a cleaner color.

The prep work for painting the trim work is time-consuming but extremely critical to the final outcome. You want clean lines plus you have to prevent paint from getting on the flooring, walls or windows.

This video offers some great tips on how to paint trim:

Paints come in two varieties: latex and oil base. If you prefer to use latex paint, you will have to take some precautionary measures to ensure it will stick to trim, such as lightly sanding to remove the gloss and applying bonding primer.

If you’re using oil-based paint and painting over a previously painted oil paint job you have no worries about it sticking to the trim. One consideration is that the oil base is a little extra work as far as cleanup and handling are concerned.

Cost To Paint Interior Trim

Trim painting charges vary. Depending on the amount of trim used and the style. However, the general price is 1 USD per linear foot.

This post offers more on the cost of painting trim:

Interior trim paint

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Painting your house’s exterior trim can not only give the home a fresh update, but also alert you to any structural issues with the siding or trim. Painting the trim yourself is possible, but because of the time and skill required, hiring a professional is recommended. The price for painting exterior trim varies widely based on the style and amount of trim, but an average cost is $1 per linear foot, meaning a 1500 square foot home with 500 linear feet of trim will cost around $500.

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The above site provides a breakdown of the costs, which includes materials, labor, and removal and disposal. It is pricing for exterior trim, but you can also figure about the same for the interior trim.

To do it yourself, it is a time-consuming project. If you would rather spend some money instead your own time, then give a Denver painting contractor a call for a free quote.