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How to paint skirting boards

Painted your walls and ceilings with a new colour? Your work isn’t quite done yet. Freshly painted skirting boards can add a great finishing touch to any room. But all those little nooks and crannies can make them a little more nerve-wracking to tackle. Learn how to paint skirting boards and give your paint job a stylish frame with a flawless finish.

Tools

Here’s what you’ll need for skirting board success:

  • A two-inch paintbrush
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Sponge and mild detergent
  • Wood primer (if needed)
  • Masking tape
  • Paint (would help, wouldn’t it?)

    (Tip: Most people choose to paint their skirting boards in the same tone as their walls, but there are no hard and fast rules. Opt for a darker colour if your decor style is more on the contemporary side, or choose something lighter to open up a smaller space. If all else fails, a crisp, classic white always does the trick.)

Do not skirt around the issue when it comes to prep.

But first, prepare

No matter what you’re painting, the prep process plays a huge part in just how professional your end result looks. Here’s what you need to do before getting your hands on those paintbrushes:

  • Clean the skirting board thoroughly using a sponge with warm water and mild detergent solution. Leave to dry before going any further.
  • If your skirting board is still bare wood, treat with a wood primer.
  • Skirting board already painted? Sand down with a piece of fine sandpaper and dust clean before starting.
  • Reach for your trusty masking tape and apply it around the edges of the floor for a clean finish.

Matching or contrast? It's all a matter of taste.

The process

Pick up your brushes. It’s time to dive in: 

Step 1

Dip your brush into the paint so it’s covered to about halfway up the bristles. Using the edge of your small paintbrush, start by painting across the top of the skirting board. Paint in long sweeping motions, taking extra care not to get anything onto your walls.

Step 2

Next, move onto the front of your skirting board. Load your brush with a little more paint than you did for the top and start at the corner, moving the brush across the length of the board in a long and careful sweep. 

(Tip: Overlap each section as you paint for the most even and well-blended finish.)

Step 3

Neaten up both corners with short and careful vertical movements. Leave to dry completely before deciding whether you need a second coat or not. If you think you do, just repeat the same process.

Step 4

Remove your trusty masking tape before the paint dries. This is crucial to make sure it doesn’t end up peeling any of your hard work away.

(Tip: Looking for the best paint for skirting boards? Not to toot our own horn, but Lick’s range of paints are more than up to the task.)

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