How To Paint Skirting Boards To Enhance Their Look

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Floor skirting is important in every household, but they’re often overlooked by most homeowners. Skirting boards don’t simply add beauty to your home, but they act as wall protection through covering the gaps between your walls and floor as well. Without proper floor skirting, the safety of your home can be put into compromise.

Skirting boards aren’t created equally, so it’s your duty as a homeowner to find the perfect one for your home and needs. In writing this guide we found the blog of The Skirting Board Shop to be very helpful and if you want further information on how to install a skirting board then this is a good resource to have a look at.

 Once you’ve acquired your skirting board, they need consistent care and maintenance. If your skirting boards start to get old with time, here are some tips to replenish your skirting boards through painting them:

1.     Prepare The Room And Skirting Boards

 Instead of directly applying paint on your skirting boards, preparing your targeted home area is necessary. First, move all furniture away from the skirting boards, like tables, chairs, potted plants, decorations, and more, to avoid them from getting painted. If possible, allot a large space on your working area through emptying the entire room.

 If you have a carpet in your room, lift it up and have it transferred to another place. However, if it’s not possible, simply try to pull it back carefully to avoid dirt and dust from going around the place.

2.      Protect Your Carpet and Walls

Once your carpet has been pulled back, you have to double its protection to avoid getting paint on the carpet. Use a painter’s tape attached near the skirting board to protect the carpet. If you don’t have painter’s tape, you can use a low-tack adhesive film as an alternative.

To make it more secure, you can slide a few wide strips of cardboard under the skirting board, so extra paint will not transfer on your carpet but on the cardboard. Moreover, make sure to add layers of protection on your wall areas where paint might transfer, using the same painter’s tape or low-tack adhesive film.

3.     Sand And Clean The Skirting Boards

To make sure that your skirting boards are clean and smooth, use a medium to fine grade sandpaper and sanding block to smoothen out imperfections on the board. Also, a rougher texture will make the paint adhere more effectively to the board’s surface.

If the skirting boards previously have a glossy finish, it’s particularly important not to forget about sanding them. Proceeding to a new paint coat immediately to a glossy surface will not work out and ruin the paint job.

4.     Clean and Prime The Skirting Boards

When you’re sure that the surfaces are rough, clean them up with a vacuum cleaner to remove all dust created during the sanding. Focus on the small gap between the skirting board and floor as the tiny particles of dust will most likely accumulate there.

Consequently, clean the area with soap and water but don’t soak it too much. Let the surfaces dry off before proceeding to the next step.

After cleaning the surfaces, apply a coat of primer on the skirting board. Using primer will help you to:

      Make the paint adhere better on the surface

      Cover up previous dark-colored paint and varnish

      Produce an opaque finish after the paint application instead of a streak one

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5.     Start Painting Little By Little

Now, you’ve finished all the preparatory steps and you’re ready to paint, but start little by little to have more control throughout the painting process. Prepare a 2” quality painting brush and paint of chosen color with an amount that can cover up to two layers on the skirting board.

Always choose a paint that will protect the skirting board over the years, as premium decking paint does.

Then, take a little amount of paint and start on the top of the skirting board. The motion should be left to right for left-hand people, while the right to left for right-handed individuals. Once the upper portion is finished, paint the bottom section first, then proceed to the middle.

6.     Always Check For Drips

After following the previous steps, you can’t be too sure from having paint drips all around your wall, floor, or carpet. Once you’ve noticed paint drips, wipe them up immediately with the same paintbrush or a piece of cloth. You’ll more likely save the surface from bumps and noticeable streak from the paint if you quickly wipe them.

7.     Apply A Second Coat

Let the first layer of paint dry, then the skirting board is now ready for the last and second coat. Usually, the drying time is indicated on the paint bucket label.

However, sand down the skirting board again before applying the second coat to smoothen out noticeable bumps and lumps that have formed on the surface. Be minimal on putting the sanding pressure. Remove the accumulated dust with a vacuum cleaner and use a damp cloth to take out other particles seeking on the small gaps.

Check your protection layers such as the painter’s tape (or adhesive film) and cardboard strips if they’re still in place. Then, you can now apply the second coat using the same method applied on the first one.

8.     Finish Up By Varnishing

Last but not the least, protect the newly-painted surfaces against scratches, bumps, and quicker deterioration with a varnish coat. This step is optional from homeowner to homeowner, but if you have small children or pets, you should probably consider it a necessity.


With your do-it-yourself painting job, you won’t need to hire a professional painter for your skirting board. Following the steps mentioned above will help you achieve the color and finish you’ve been wanting to try for your skirting boards. Instead of paying a higher price for the painting service, you can save more money and allot it for the care and maintenance of your other home parts, like hitting two birds with one stone.