Here are some simple tips on how to paint your baseboards next to carpet so you can achieve a perfect finish and protect your carpet.
Soooo, last week I decided to paint my whole dining room black. I shared the photo below on my Instagram and most people were excited, some were doubtful and another handful were like, nooooo. Haha, I loved it because it was an example of how we all have our own personal aesthetic. Painting the trey ceiling and baseboards was no easy task but I CAN NOT wait to show the full reveal of this space because it’s absolutely stunning. Today, I’m going to share tips on how to paint baseboards next to carpet.
Out of all the rooms in our home, the dining room has gone through the most changes. I just have never been fully happy with the design. It’s gone from a dining room to office and back to dining room again. I have absolutely zero regrets painting this whole room black. The paint color I used is Carbon by Behr in an eggshell sheen. Looking back if I had known I was going to paint this whole room black, I would’ve used a paint sprayer. This would have been so much easier and faster but oh well!!
This was my first experience painting a ceiling and it can take a toll on your back and neck. Thankfully, our dining room is on a smaller scale so I was able to knock out the ceiling portion in about 2 hours. You most definitely want to cover your floors with a tarp and wear a hat. There was paint splatter on the ground, my face and arms. At one point, I stepped down the ladder and my whole right foot accidentally dipped into the paint can! That was not the kind of pedicure I wanted!
This is after one coat of paint on the ceiling. I covered my beautiful pendant light and new buffet table from Home Depot because I did not want to risk black paint getting all over them.
I finished the ceiling one afternoon and tackled the baseboards the next day. If you want to paint your baseboards next to carpet, here are my tips on how to create that clean finish to avoid any paint getting onto your carpet.
But first, let me just admire this dark, moody room. It feels so luxe and the black just adds a layer of sophistication and elegance. And yes, I painted the vents as well. We also plan on replacing a couple of the white outlets for black ones for a seamless design. Okay, back to the baseboards.
This paint hack will protect your carpet from getting paint on them and give you that flawless finish you want. Jimmy and I tried 3 different tapes and this Scotchblue painter’s tape yielded the best results. This particular tape has an elastic consistency and is much more durable because it doesn’t rip easily. First, line your blue tape right against the baseboard onto your carpet. Taking your painters’ tool, push down and tuck in the tape under the baseboards. This will protect your carpet and when you remove it after the paint has dried, the carpet will bounce back up against the baseboard.
I used a small piece of cardboard as I moved down the baseboard for extra protection. I gave the baseboards 3 coats of light paint. Be sure to do thin layers as not to create a goop down at the bottom of the baseboard. You don’t want to create a thick mess that will rip off when removing the tape.
This method provides professional results and makes painting baseboards really effortless.
Easy peasy right?
So far, I’m loving it.
I have ZERO regrets going all black in here. If you still have doubts, it’s ok. Just wait until I show you the full reveal with all of the furniture from The Home Depot. It’s soooo good.
Here’s a sneak peek.
What else is left?
- rehang drapes
- add the rest of the furniture
- style tablescape and buffet table
- replace the outlets
She is glorious! Is the black too dark? Nope! The room gets ample sunlight and I love how it feels like a cocoon with the dark walls and ceiling enveloping the space completely.
My number one design rule is to create a home that reflects your personal style. Don’t design for anyone else because those people are NOT living in your home. Fill your home with the things that matter to you and create a beautiful intentional space that inspires and evokes joy. Let it truly be a home where creativity flourishes and memories are made.
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Let all that you do be done in Love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
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