Welcome to week 4 out of 6 in our One Room Challenge traditional living room makeover! We are in the process of updating my in-laws’ living room from a dark, builder-grade space to a bright and fancy room for entertaining. In today’s post, I’m going to teach you how to paint trim!
I can’t believe we’re already at week 4 of the fall ORC season! The weeks are flying by and it’s crazy to think that in just 2 weeks I get to share the finished room with you all – ah, can’t wait!!
If you’re new to our project, be sure to catch up here:
- Week 1 Blog Post – The Before
- Week 1 Video Tour
- Week 2 Blog Post – The Plan
- Week 2 Video Tour
- Week 3 Blog Post – The Progress/Concerns
- Week 3 Video Tour
The One Room Challenge is a bi-annual event with 20 featured designers and close to 200 guest participants that all work through a room makeover in the six week season. If you’re new to the event, you can head over and read more about it here! It’s one of my favorite events to participate in as a designer. The amazing design talent displayed in the room makeovers is truly inspiring!
This week we got a bunch of things marked off of our to-do list, so let’s start by looking at that:
Remove wall Reroute electrical Patch sheetrock Patch flooring Install new ceiling lights Paint all trim
- Paint and install all doors
- Paint all walls
- Paint and install fireplace
- Install TV Mount
- Paint cradenza
- Furnish and decorate!
A big shout out to Chris and his parents this week – it’s only because of their hard work and long hours that we were able to finish patching the sheet rock and flooring and get all of the trim painted!
First, let’s look at the floors. Chris and his Dad used the box of left-over vinyl flooring the prior home-owners left after installing these floors to patch the section where we removed the wall. They started by removing about 3 rows around the row where the wall was and then carefully cut pieces to fill the gap and glued them in with carpet glue. Honestly, they did such a good job that I can’t even tell where they patched it!
Check this out:
Can you spot where they patched the section where the wall was? I can’t! 😉 They seriously look awesome.
Another major achievement this week was the sheetrock patching. My father-in-law had to float like 5 layers of mud in order to get it to sit flush with the existing wall before blowing texture. And with dry-time in between, it was a long process! But, he did a really nice job and after being painted you can’t even tell they were patched.
Here’s a few shots from the process:
These pictures really don’t do the space justice now that the floor is continuous and the walls look uniform, the room feels huge. I can’t wait to furnish it next week!
In regards to our concerns from last week – the paint looks great now that everything is painted (phew!), the furniture feet ended up looking FANTASTIC (a tutorial for that coming soon) and we made a big decision regarding the credenza. Originally we were trying to stain it to match her cherry wood coffee and side tables, but after much struggle, we decided to paint it RED! We’ve chosen a beautiful deep crimson color (shown below, although it looks much more red and less maroon in person) and I think it will be the perfect pop of color in a mostly neutral space. 🙂
As of now we’ve got it primed – and I learned you should prime with grey if painting red so that the paint doesn’t end up looking pink!
A huge blessing from this week was the fact that we were able to sell their old sofa and loveseat! There is so much more space for working in the room now, which is really nice.
The fireplace is almost done too! It just needs one more coat of white and the black insert spruced up a bit. We’re hoping to get it installed and the TV mounted above it this weekend!
Our last big achievement this week was getting all of the builder-grade floor, window and door trim painted. I’m seriously amazed at how much nicer a space can look with white trim. Even builder-grade trim looks extremely classy when it’s a nice glossy white. So, I thought I’d include a simple tutorial for painting your builder grade trim in this week’s post.
How to Paint Trim
- Stain-Blocking Primer
- Semi-Gloss Paint
- Paint Brush
- 4″ Roller with 1/4″ Nap Pad
- FrogTape Painter’s Tape
- HANDy Paint Pail
Instructions for How to Paint Trim:
Step 1: Remove and Prep Floor Trim
If you’re painting the floor trim, it’s easiest to take it off the wall and paint it in the garage before re-installing it. Simply use a crowbar and hammer to separate it from the wall and gently pull it off. Be careful not to pull it too fast to avoid breaking it. Using a sharpie, number the back of the trim piece and the wall where it belongs so you know where to reinstall it.
After it’s removed, use pliers to pull out any lingering nails and then sand it lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. You don’t need to get it down to bare wood, you just want to scruff it up a bit.
Lastly, wipe it down with a rag to get all the dust off of it.
Step 2: Remove Doors and Prep Door Trim
Painting the door trim is much simpler if you remove the doors and hardware before starting. Using a drill or a screwdriver, remove the door by unscrewing the hinges.
Next, sand the floor trim gently with the same 220 grit sandpaper and then wipe away all the dust.
Using your FrogTape, tape off the flooring around the base of the door trim and the cut-outs for the hinges. You don’t want paint to go in the hinge cut-outs, otherwise the hinges won’t fit back in there after you’re done.
Since we were going to paint the walls anyway, we didn’t tape off the wall side of the trim. But, if you aren’t planning to paint your walls, simply apply FrogTape on the wall all the way around the outside of your face trim.
Step 3: Prep the Window Trim
Begin by sanding down all the trim and wiping it clean. Then, simply apply FrogTape around on the windows to avoid getting paint on the window itself. Again, if you are NOT painting the walls around the windows, be sure to apply painter’s tape on the wall around the outside of the trim too.
We also painted around their large sliding glass door, so like the windows, we taped all the way around the vinyl door as well as behind the handle.
Step 4: Paint!
We recommend applying 1-2 coats of stain-blocking primer (like Kilz 2) and then 2 coats of paint.
Use your paintbrush to paint the corners and small outside parts of the trim and then roll the large surfaces with your 4″ roller.
One of our sponsors this season is HANDy Paint Products and they make some awesome trays and pails for painting. For painting the trim, we used the one called the “HANDy Pro Pail” and it has a magnet on the side for your brush (so you don’t have to find somewhere to set it down while you’re rolling) and a side designed for prepping your roller with paint – seriously, it’s amazing! Be sure to grab one before you tackle painting your trim, you won’t regret it!
Here’s a fun before/after shot of our builder-grade trim after 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint:
Crazy difference, right?
Step 5: Remove Tape and Reinstall Floor Trim and Doors
After all of the trim is painted, go through and use a box knife to cut along the seam between the painter’s tape and the trim. If you skip this step, your paint may pull off along with the tape… no fun! Once the seam is cut, pull off all of your FrogTape and caulk the seams between the trim and windows.
Lastly, reinstall your floor trim using a nail gun and your doors with their hinges!
See, so easy! We did the same thing with all of our builder-grade trim in our first house too. It’s a really affordable way to update and spruce up a space without the hassle and cost of replacing all the trim. I hope this tutorial for how to paint trim is helpful – I’d highly encourage you to give it a try if you’re looking for a low-cost update and a brighter space!
Of course, a big thank you to FrogTape, our official sponsor this season! Their tape is PERFECT for painting trim, so make sure you grab some for your trim painting project!
This week our big goals are painting and installing all the doors, a DIY flat door update on the garage door, and finishing all of the wall/ceiling painting. It would be AWESOME if we could get the fireplace and TV installed too so my mother-in-law and I could start decorating early next week. Then photos the next weekend and a reveal post shortly after! Going to be so great!
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