Step-by-Step Guide to Painting Skirting Boards

To add a finishing touch to any room it is a good idea to paint the skirting boards

1. Pick a Color

The rule of thumb is to select a shade that is in the same color scheme as the walls in your room. Skirtingthat is a darker shade than the wall can make your room appear modern and contemporary while a lighter color on the skirting boards makes the room look bigger. If you are unsure then the safest option is painting them white.

2. Select a Brush

Choose a two-inch or 5-centimeter brush which is ideal for skirting boards. If the paint you are using are water-based then pick a brush with synthetic bristles.

3. Sand the Surface

To prevent the paint from chipping and bonding to the board sand the surface. Use a soft and dry brush to remove loose dust or paint.

4. Clean Up

If the boards are dirty or chipped then scrub them with a mild soap and water solution. You can use sugar soap or dish washing liquid for this purpose.

5. Tape the Edges

Apply masking tape on the edges of the floor so you get a professional finish. If the floor is carpeted then press down on the tape with a blunt tool so the paint does not seep under the tape.

6. Start Painting

Dip half of the brush in the paint and then wipe away any excess. Paint the top half of the boards first and then work your way down. Make sure the final stroke is made along the length.

7. Double Coat

Apply a second coat of paint after the first one has dried to get a full finish. Follow the prescribed waiting time between coats as it is mentioned on the paint can.

8. Remove Tape

After the second coat has dried remove the masking tape from the floor. For carpeted floors break the tape seal by pushing down on the edge to unveil a perfectly painted skirting board.