Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Which do you paint first, the walls or the trim?

I'm getting ready to paint a room, and have been looking at online guides to painting, from DIY blogs to paint company how-tos (not as well written as the blogs).

They boil down to about the same thing, except on one burning issue: Which do you paint second (after the ceiling): the walls, or the trim? There seem to be strong arguments for each approach.

Anyone want to weigh in on this, and explain your rationale? I'm all ears, for the moment. In a week or two, I'm sure I'll be all paint and not nearly as receptive to advice.

1 comment:

  1. Mike Richardson12:08 AM

    I'd do the walls first. My main rationale is that paint always drips down from the stuff you're painting to the stuff below. If it drips on the trim, I'll just wipe it off, and heck, I'm going to paint the trim later, anyway.

    Conversely, if you paint the trim first, then, when you paint your walls, there is a great chance for paint to drip down over your freshly painted trim- potentially a tougher thing to fix.

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