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Two Accents You’re Forgetting: Interior Doors and Trim

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Kara Bennett
02.16.16

There are two big accents in your home that you may be ignoring.

When’s the last time you took a look at your interior doors and trim? For an easy, inexpensive room refresh, consider painting an interior door or trim. A quick paint job for both will totally transform a room, making this area of your home kinda like the dark horse of decor accents.

Use these tips when you’re ready to get started.

When Painting Interior Doors

1. Choose a paint color that’s the same tone as your walls. For example, if you have a lighter, pastel color on your walls, keep it the same for your door. A bright, contrasting color will make the room feel small and choppy.

2. You don’t always need to remove doors to paint them. Removing a door from it’s hinges will prevent drips and runs, but let’s face it – doors are heavy and can be difficult to remove. So it’s totally okay to paint them in place, as long as you’re careful!

3. Spread out a drop cloth or an old sheet underneath your door where you’ll be doing the painting. This will prevent any damage to your floor.

4. Remove the doorknobs. No need to try to awkwardly attempt to cover up the door hardware with painter’s tape - just remove them completely. Pro Tip: Now’s the time to switch up your doorknob designs!

When Painting Your Trim

1. Before you even break out the paintbrush, make sure to clean your baseboards.

2. When choosing a color, use a stark white to brighten up a room and a cream or off-white to create warmth.

3. Shine a light. Take a flashlight and follow along the perimeter of your baseboards to help spot defects or dents. Circle them with a pencil.

4. Before you paint, smooth down areas with a gentle rubber-sanding block. Then, fill in blemishes with wood filler.

5. When you paint, start from the corner of the room and work your way out. Re-up the paint on your brush every 12 inches or so. Pro Tip: If you’re painting window trim, avoid brushing your paintbrush against an edge, as this will create a buildup of paint that will drip.

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