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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.


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.


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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  1. We just purchased our forever home with a LOT of oak trim, and doors are the 80’s-90’s flat oak style. You’re giving me inspiration to not just give into it! Looks great! Can’t wait to see more!!???

  2. I love that you painted the molding and cann’t wait till you show what you have done with the doors. I have the same 1980 stain paneled doors and they are looking very aged. You have inspired me to paint my molding and to paint ceiling fans.

    1. Hi Lou – Once you start, you will gain more confidence with each stroke of your paint brush. I am still waiting for the paint to arrive on my doorstep. It is a new kind that I am going to try out. I will post about the door soon.

    1. Hi Julie –

      Having all the painting supplies out and ready has made the painting process go quickly. We have lots of guests coming in July…that is also helping with motivation to get the at least the painting part of the updates done. :-)

  3. In my early 1980’s house the mantra is brown, brown everywhere with not a bit of white in sight. Not only baseboard but crown moldings also. Jeeesh , I’m still trying to make my hubby see the beauty of painted trim. Why are men so attached to stained wood? Do you do any caulking prior to painting your trim? Vikki in VA

    1. Hi Vikki – I wish I knew the answer to the reason why men like stained wood over white. When I did residential interior design, I always ran into this problem. I think it must be a masculine thing. :-)

      When needed, I use caulk when painting over trim, when it is stained you don’t see any gaps or imperfections. Once you paint it white, you do see them. I wrote about it in this post: https://inmyownstyle.com/2016/05/how-to-block-stains-prime-and-paint-in-one-step-giveaway.html

      My favorite caulk to use is called ALEX PLUS Easy Caulk. It comes in a Cheez-Wiz style container that makes it easy to use. I buy it at Walmart.