Updating outdated wood trim
Now remember, in my high traffic areas, I spent nearly 8 million hours removing all of my trim and then painting it outside and making it perfect. Turns out, just taping off my carpet and then smoothing out the majority of the trim with a roller renders really similar results.Caulking is key when it comes to making your paint job look professional.Usually on other projects, I remove the tape when the paint is still wet, but with trim work you have to do several coats and allow them to dry in between.So, I just leave the tape in place until I'm completely done.So, if you are truly wanting to ‘update’, then you’ll want to restain with a darker, more modern stain colour OR neutralize it with a lighter, more natural stain that doesn’t have the orange/yellow tone.Realistically, most homeowners (if you have resale in mind) are looking for a more subtle look that is offered by maple, cherry, espresso or painted cabinets.You can see that I taped below the trim by the carpet, and then came back after the trim was dry and cut in with my brush to paint the walls.When everything is done, I use an exacto knife to help remove the tape.
If you are only painting the trim and not the walls, I suggest taping off near the carpet and near the wall.
This means that while it might be solid wood if it’s ugly or worn out, it’s not adding value (emotional or monetary) to your home.
Now before we get into the guts n’ the glory, you need to figure out what style of cabinets you have…
I've been able to test out my theory on nearly every room in our house, and it works every single time.
Before we discuss details, here are the before and afters of some of the rooms in our house.
Most people would suggest caulking first (and rightly so), so you should probably do that.