01:14PM | 10/17/06
Member Since: 10/16/06
1 lifetime posts
We are in the process of building our first home and doing much of the work ourselves. Due to scheduling issues with contractors we were not able to get our trim painted prior to installation. Now we have a full house of trim and moulding to prime and paint. My questions....should we caulk the trim or not, what is the purpose? and what is the best way to get a clean line (the walls have already been painted), use tape (had bad experiences with bleeding paint with tape), use a shield, or just trust my shaky hand?

Any advice would be sooooo appreciated.




05:39PM | 10/19/06
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
You caulk interior trim to the wall make it look better as there will be gaps where it meets the wall. If you don't care about the gaps or there are not that many don't worry about it. If you do have to caulk it there is no way to keep the caulk off the walls and you will have to paint over this with the wall paint. I am not a big fan of tapeing trim but if you don't have a steady hand with a brush you can use a shield.


08:07AM | 11/09/06
Member Since: 11/08/06
3 lifetime posts
Caulking hides unsightly gaps in areas where the trim isn't sitting absolutely flat to the wall. If you plan to paint the trim white, I'd suggest you paint it (with or without tape) getting the least amount of trim paint on the wall as possible. When you're done painting, run some blue painters tape on the WALL about 1/8th of an inch out from the trim. Then run a bead of caulk where the trim and wall meet. Smooth with a damp finger. Immediately remove the tape from the wall, and you'll have a nice straight line of caulk on the wall. If you got a little trim paint on the wall, chances are the caulk will have covered it up. Because the caulk and the trim are both white, you won't notice if the caulk line isn't absolutely straight on the trim side.

Also suggest you use a really good paint, like Benjamin Moore's Impervo Satin (latex or oil) and use the proper type of brush for the finish. Do yourself a favor and buy a good paintbrush (around $20.00) Good Luck!


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Even if you turn off your electronics whenever you're not using them, they continue to use energy until you unplug them. S... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... For some decorative recycling, consider burying old bottles upside down to create edging for your garden beds and walkways... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon