March 18, 2013

home improving

Do you have baseboards that you need to paint? We do... The next question is, How do I paint them in the easiest, least messiest way? Look no further, I have your answer!

Welcome to our humble abode, what we sarcastically have dubbed "The Jade Palace". We are renters, and while our landlord has been awesome about letting us make changes to our little place, she refuses to replace the emerald green carpet "because you have cats". Okay, that is fine, maybe we'll be able to do it ourselves some day, maybe not. So for now I needed to find a way to paint the baseboards without painting the carpet. And this is why:

Our baseboards are so beat up and ugly! They seriously date a home when they look like this, so a change is in order!

What you will need:

  • Heavy Duty Packing Tape
  • A Butter Knife or Putty Knife
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint!
  • Patience

I would start by using the edge tool on your vacuum to clean along the baseboard/carpet edge as well as the top of the baseboard, especially if you haven't done this in a while.

I also suggest using heavy duty packing tape, you are less likely to poke holes through it. Don't even attempt using blue painters tape, it isn't durable enough.
Line your packing tape along the edge of your baseboard and carpet. Overlap the baseboard about a 1/2"

I prefer to use a butter knife for this next part. I ended up poking too many holes using a putty knife with the sharp corners, but use what works best for you.
Using my butter knife, I pushed the tape under the baseboard in two steps. (Don't use the tip of the knife, use the side, like you're cutting something) First push the tape down to get to the bottom of the baseboard, then push the tape in, under the baseboard. This may take a few tries, but you'll get the hang of it.

You should end up with something that looks like this.

With your brush and a small amount of paint, push the paint in a downward motion to the bottom of the baseboard, then smooth out going with the grain of the wood like you would normally paint a baseboard. After 2 or 3 coats, it will look like this

Side note: You could tape off the wall edge of your baseboard with painters tape if you like. 
It's up to you.

Touch up any oops-ies with your wall color, then wait...
This is where the patience part comes in. Your baseboard needs to be COMPLETELY dry before you move on to the next step. I suggest leaving it over night. 

When your paint is dry. Using your putty or butter knife, push the tape downwards to break the bond between the paint and the tape. Then pull your tape out and away from the baseboard, not up.

Then, create your very own big sticky tape ball, and that's it!


Clean, pretty, and updated baseboards.
What a difference a little bit of paint can make!

Colors look really different, left is during daylight, right was taken at night.


  1. Great idea! I hate painting baseboards.

  2. Would this rip my carpet? Its shag.

    1. It shouldn't. I would brush the carpet fibers away from the baseboard, that way you have less in the way of the tape. Hope that makes sense. And I am so sorry for the delayed response! Thanks for stopping by :)


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