Painting All the Molding

When you love molding as much as I do, someone in the house ends up getting very good at painting it. That would be Mr. Amazing in our home. Over the years he has learned a few things that I thought I would share with you.

1. Pay extra and get the more expensive brush. After years of pulling brush bristles out of his paint job he finally bought a good brush a few years ago and would never go back.

2. Use cloth drop clothes instead of those blue tarps. Drops of paint dry faster on the drop clothes and you are less likely to step in wet paint and track it through your house.

3. Always paint in good light. Since Mr.  Amazing has a day job, much of his painting gets done at night. You can see a picture of the light he uses in this post.

4. Use semi gloss on trim. Gloss is just too shiny and you won’t be happy when you are done…learned this the hard way.

5. Oil base paint is more forgiving on covering up brush strokes and is more durable longer term. If you decide to go this route, please ventilate the room well.

6. If you are not the trim painter in the family make sure you “ooooh” and “aaaah” a lot…it will help you get more molding in the future.

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6 responses to “Painting All the Molding

  1. I completely agree with each and every point, for sure! I love my more pricey Purdy brushes (made in the USA, too!) and my fabric drop cloths. But #6 is the key! 🙂

  2. Have you ever tried the “shorty” brush? The bristles are about 2.5 inches wide, and the handle is just a stubby nub. Works wonders!

  3. No….it looks like something I would like but Mr. Amazing is a traditionalist so I don’t think I will be getting him to change.

  4. Rebecca Angelo

    So what you are saying is,the secret to painting molding is hire “Mr. Amazing”

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