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How to Paint Trim

Apply the finishing touches to your paint job by tackling the molding and trim. Follow these three simple steps.

By Christine Egan
Illustration of a person painting moldingArthur Mount

1. Wait until the walls and the ceiling are dry. Give them at least a full day.


2. “Reverse tape,” applying tape to the edges of the walls and the floor, leaving only molding and trim exposed. When painting a baseboard next to carpeting, protect the carpet with a plastic paint guide (about $2), a long, thin strip that wedges under the baseboard.


3. Use the tip of your brush to cut in on the top and bottom of the molding. Then, with long brushstrokes, cover the space between.

For more tips, see How to Paint a Room.

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