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Goodbye Brown Stained Trim

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Adios…Au Revoir, Farewell, Arriverderci…I am saying my final goodbye to the last of the brown stained trim molding in my house.

Hello… white and ready for a new decorating style to take over.

All of the brown stained trim is finally on its way out from my kitchen and dining area and even in the hallway that I call the hallway of darkness.

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I have been working over the weekend to get the last of all the brown stained trim and baseboards… gone!  I have something else in mind planned for the brown stained doors. I will be posting about that soon, but before I can get to it, I have to get the brown gone everywhere else first.

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Frog-Tape used to easily paint stained trim baseboards and molding.


We plan on adding new flooring over this vinyl, but until we get around to it, I decided I would get a head start on getting the brown stained trim painted. When we update the floor, all I will have to do is replace the base shoe molding with a new length that I will buy already primed and painted white.

After I washed the baseboards and trim with hot sudsy water and let them dry, I used a few rolls of FrogTape® brand painter’s tape, which made the job of painting all the brown trim much easier. I didn’t have to worry about getting paint brush strokes on the floor and once the tape is removed the line between the shoe molding and floor will be sharp and crisp.

I used FrogTape® on my first staircase redo in my previous house. (I am still working on the staircase in this house and will post that when I get it completed.) I loved that I had no paint bleed, not even a little on all the steps I used FrogTape® on.

It is the only painting tape treated with patented PaintBlock® Technology that really does keep latex paint from seeping under it so you get the sharpest paint lines possible. For this particular project, I used FrogTape® Multi-Surface, but this tape is also offered for delicate surfaces.

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I needed a lot of it since there is a lot of brown trim and baseboards…

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…in every room…

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…around doors…

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… high and low. Brown trim molding everywhere.

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It is now history.

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive about painting is:

How long should you wait before removing painter’s tape after painting something?

The answer:  Right after you are finished painting or soon after.  If you wait until the paint is dry, you run the risk of the paint drying to the tape and when you remove it, you may take some of the newly painted finish off with it. This is especially true with latex paints.

Removing Painter’s Tape Tip:  When you remove the tape, pull up a 12″ – 18″ section of the tape at a time. As you are pulling the tape, ball up the used tape in your hand.  Removing it this way keeps the tape away from the wet paint and makes it easy to toss in the trash.

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Once the tape is all removed you are left with a very clean edge with no spots where paint seeped under the edge of the tape.

I will show you how I painted the doors in this hallway of darkness in my next post. With all the brown gone…the hallway is starting to look like a bright and happy space.

For more inspiration for your upcoming paint projects, check out FrogTape® painting inspiration Pinterest board!

Home improvement painting tip. Learn the easy and fast way to paint baseboards and all the molding in your home.

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25 Comments

  1. I LOVE how bright and happy your home is! Can you tell me when you will be doing a post on your washer/dryer closet and how you are “closing it off”? We have our washer/dryer in a closet on the second floor. When we bought new appliances, we could no longer fit the bifold doors. I have been living with my “laundry room” out in the open and have yet to find a solution I like! I, too, can’t wait to see your solution to those drab brown doors!

  2. Looks so good! Your lake house and getting a wonderful transformation. What color and sheen of white paint are you using?

  3. Looking good!!!!! I think you should keep the doors off in front of the washer/dryer. Looks more open! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the other doors!!!!!

    1. Hi Monica – I thought about keeping the doors off, but it is a dumping ground that is nice to close off when I need to. The nice thing about the doors though is they are easy on and off, so if I do decide to keep them off it easy to do.

  4. I admire your patience and perseverance in painting all brown trim in your house white. It looks great…so fresh and clean. We just moved into a house with brown trim and doors everywhere too. I prefer white trim as it brightens up the space but I’m not sure I have the patience and dedication the job requires. Many of our rooms have carpet. Is there any way to paint the baseboards without first removing them?

    1. Hi Susan –

      It does take patience and perseverance, but I have a vision in my head that I want to see, so I keep plugging away. Many think I love to paint. I really would rather not do it, but it is the most affordable way to make big changes so I stick with it. :-)

      I have painted baseboards that have carpet in front of them. It is not hard, but you do need to use painter’s tape to push and hold back the carpet. I wrote a post about how I do it for Glidden’s My Colortopia blog. You can find the post here: http://mycolortopia.com/blog/how-to-paint/paint-baseboards-carpeted-rooms#salzVSmCrXdUEz3b.97

  5. Can’t wait to see your progress with the doors!! Your woodwork looks so clean and cheerful! Such a wonderful transformation.