How To Paint Skirting Boards
How To Paint Skirting Boards
without ruining your carpets
When choosing skirting boards you have a choice now of 4 in to 6in ( 6in seems to be the most popular these days) and you can get them in raw wood or primed. Primed is the easiest as you can go straight in with your paint, but more expensive than the other. However bear in mind you don’t need to buy primer, it may work out around the same. This is what the primed looks like…
If you choose to buy the raw wood boards you will need to prime them with a primer that will seal in all the knots.
For that i recommend the oil based BLOXX IT as that will give you a perfect finish for your paint to adhere to as well and you wont have to worry about the knots bleeding through your water based paint in months to come. I did two coats on the one in the video and i rolled it on with a mini roller and used a brush for the grooved areas.
Allow this primer to dry completely in between coats. 40 min is the dry time and 2 hours before you recoat. Then you can go in with your paint. I use Advanced Satinwood from Fleetwood on all my interior woodwork. You can also choose the lower sheen eggshell finish. This is what it will look like when finished.
Here is the paint i use and the reason i use this paint on all my interior woodwork is because its hard wearing, washable ( and skiting boards can get very dusty and if you are using the white it will not yellow over time. Its not too shiny like some other satinwoods and of course its water based do the clean up is easy. I am all for easy clean up !!
Now you will see in the video I talk about painting boards in situ. Its easy enough if you are painting over tiles or wooden floor then all you do is get out the washi tape and tape off your walls and your floors before painting . But with carpet , especially thick pile carpet, how do you not get paint on the tips of the carpet ?
You attach a strip of washi tape to some newspaper and put it right up to the board ( even a little over the board) and with a paint scraper you push the tape down in under the bottom of the board. This holds down all the carpet too and gives you access to the whole board while totally protecting the carpet. You will see me do this in the video .
Of course pre painted boards have to be cleaned and sanded and sometimes primed before you can add another paint. So give it a good clean with a 50/50 mix of methylated spirits and water and a sponge. Wipe it dry with some kitchen cloth.
For the sanding you should ensure you sand back and lumps, bumps and /or drips from the previous paint job and get he surface as smooth as possible. Medium grade sandpaper should be sufficient unless it has been heavily painted in gloss paint and then you should use a course paper. This angles brush was the business for getting right down to the bottom of the board. However these brushes hold a lot of paint so be careful not to over load your brush, this can cause runs and drips… the very thing you have just sanded off !
Spread your paint well. Here is the Advanced Satinwood. You can choose from 100’s of colours or you can choose the new Advanced Eggshell finish… a lower sheen paint but equally easy to use. I use this one on all my furniture updates and now have my own ‘Shabby Colour Collection’ in it. The grey I used in the video is called Shabby Light Grey and is available HERE in the eggshell finish, with nationwide delivery
Here is the Video…..
Hope you enjoyed that and will give it a go yourself at home.