October 14, 2021
By: The Finished Space
Unless you’re painting everything the same color, you might be wondering what order you’re supposed to paint your walls and trim to get that professional, sleek, finished look. In fact, many contractors, designers, and homeowners ask themselves the same exact question: “Should I paint the walls or trim first?” Unfortunately, the answer isn’t that simple.
Whether it’s about personal preference or painting proficiency, there are pros and cons to both options. It’s a complicated question to answer because no matter which direction you choose to go, you will face some challenges. Painting your home is not supposed to be easy, so it’s essential that you have a thorough plan and that you diligently stick to it.
Painting your walls first may seem like the obvious answer, but it’s not always that straightforward. People have a tendency to overthink things, so let’s discuss the various pros and cons of starting with your walls.
Starting with your walls is more immediately gratifying than starting with the trim. After all, if you start with your walls, you’ll cover more area quickly. This can have an overall positive effect on how you feel about your progress and make it feel like you’ve accomplished a lot.
When you’re an inexperienced painter, starting with the walls is much easier than starting with trim. You can be a little sloppy when you’re painting the walls, but it won’t hurt the finished product. If you get some splashback on the trim while you’re painting, it’s not a big deal since you’ll be covering it up anyway.
When you start with the trim, it makes painting the delicate edges of the walls much more manageable. It all comes down to the difficulty of applying painter’s tape. When you paint the trim first, it’s much easier to cover those edges with tape than the floor, windows, and doors.
After you’ve finished the walls and start to paint your trim, you have to be meticulous and pay careful attention. One wrong move, and you could accidentally splash paint on your already finished wall. Starting with your walls first ultimately leaves them vulnerable when you paint your trim, which might be something you’d like to avoid.
On the other hand, painting trim first seems like the obvious answer to some. Just like starting with your walls, there are advantages and challenges to this option, as well. Here are the pros and cons of painting the trim first:
Many painters believe that starting with the trim makes the job easier in the long run. They claim that covering the trim, baseboards, and crown moulding with tape is much simpler than covering the edges of the walls. Regardless, you’re going to have to use painter’s tape to keep your painting job clean and mess-free, so it all comes down to which taping job is easier for you.
Painting trim is much more complicated than painting walls because you have to be super careful. It’s such a small area to cover, and there isn’t much room for error. If you start with the trim, you have a little more wiggle room. If you make a mistake and accidentally get paint on the walls, that’s not a problem since you’ll be painting over it, anyway.
Starting with the trim means you’ll be able to get the more precise and challenging painting done first, but it also delays your gratification. Once you’re finished painting the trim, you won’t have covered much ground, so it’s much less satisfying than starting with your walls.
If you paint the trim first, you must be super careful when you start painting your walls. It’s much harder to be precise when you have to cover such a large surface area. As a result, it’s much easier if you leave the precision painting to your trim.
There’s no industry standard or correct answer when you’re trying to decide whether to paint your walls or trim first. Instead, it all comes down to your personal preference and which you think will cause the least number of challenges in the long run.
By installing pre-painted, pre-finished trim, you can avoid this decision altogether. Metrie Complete® is the patented solution that helps you transform a room faster, without the hassle of painting and finishing trim. Simply paint the walls first and install the new trim once everything dries. This solution eliminates almost every drawback listed for both sides and saves you a ton of work in the long run.
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