How to paint skirting boards

Installing skirting boards is a crucial part of any home makeover. It’s not just about the look, but how your house stands out from the rest. If you have been procrastinating with that renovation for quite some time now, it’s probably because you find some areas challenging and need a little more guidance. In this blog post we will be teaching you how to paint skirting boards so that you can get started with your project in no time. This detailed guide is perfect if you’re looking for a simple and foolproof process from start to finish. Skirting boards are an important design element in any home. They provide a finishing touch that helps accentuate the interior and exterior aesthetics of any room or corridor. To learn more keep reading!

Decide on your desired colour

Before you start painting your skirting boards, it’s important to decide on a colour that matches your existing interior design. You can either use this colour as a contrast to bring out the room’s features, or use it as an accent colour to draw attention to a specific feature in the room. If you’re not sure which colour skirting boards would work best with your room’s interior, then here are some helpful tips to make the right decision. For example, if you have a natural-looking room, then you can opt for a lighter colour to make the space feel brighter. On the other hand, if you have a dark room, a darker colour would bring more light to the space.

Prepare the surfaces

If you are planning to install new skirting boards, then you can skip this step. Otherwise, if you want to paint the skirting boards of your existing boards, then you first have to prepare the surface of those boards. Here are a couple of things you can do to get ready. – Sanding – Skirting boards are often made of softwood, which can be difficult to paint without a good sanding. Sanding the surface will prevent the paint from forming an uneven surface, which would make the board look cheap and out of place in your home. – Washing – To remove any dirt or grime from the surface, you can use either a mild detergent or a homemade cleaning solution. This will help you apply the paint smoothly.

Tools and products you’ll need

– Paint Roller and paint tray – You can choose to apply the paint with a paintbrush, but a roller will make the job much quicker. Plus, it is much easier to control the amount of paint you are applying with a roller. – Paintbrush – You’ll also need a paintbrush to cover the edges with paint. – Drop Cloth – Make sure you cover the floor with a drop cloth to protect it from paint drips. – Gloves – In order to protect your hands from the harmful effects of paint. You can either purchase disposable gloves or opt for ones that you can wash and reuse. – Sandpaper – You’ll need sandpaper to prepare the surface of the skirting boards before painting. – Paintbrush or roller – To apply the primer, paint, and sealer to the skirting boards.

Step 1: Sanding the surfaces

The first thing you need to do is sand the surface of the skirting boards. This will remove all the splinters and uneven surfaces that might prevent the paint from sticking to the board. You can do this manually with sandpaper or use a power sander. You can either use fine-grain sandpaper or a high-quality wood sander that will ensure you don’t remove too much of the surface. Be sure to sand the surface in both directions, and pay extra attention to the corners and edges.

Step 2: Priming the surface

If you are painting an old skirting board, then skip this step. However, if you are painting new boards, then you need to apply primer to the surface before painting. This will help the paint stick to the surface without peeling off. You can either use an oil-based or water-based primer, depending on the type of skirting board you are painting. If you are painting an old board and it has a smooth surface, then you don’t need to worry about adding primer. Otherwise, it’s important to add primer so that the paint will not peel off.

Step 3: Painting and sealing the skirting board

Now that the surface is ready to be painted, you can start applying paint to the skirting boards. You can either use paint rollers or paintbrushes to paint the skirting boards. Make sure that you apply a sufficient amount of paint to the boards before using a roller. After the paint dries, you can seal the skirting boards using either a polyurethane or a varnish. Both of these products will give the boards a glossy finish and will protect them from damage.


As you can see, painting skirting boards is an easy DIY project that you can complete in just a few hours. This makes it the perfect weekend project to get you started on your home renovation. Once you start painting the skirting boards, you can move on to other areas of the house. This will help you finish your project faster. You can also try customising your skirting board design. This will help you stand out from the crowd as skirting boards are a popular home design element. Whether you choose to paint or stain your boards, there are many design options that you can explore.

In case you are not sure how to make it right, call your local painter.

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