7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

I have been painting up a storm at our house!  And I know you’re wondering what I could possibly be  painting since we have a completely new downstairs!  But what about the upstairs?  Well someone was going to have to paint the new SW Snowbound trim color on all of  the trim upstairs (doors, closets, & ceilings), and unfortunately that person was me – lol!  But I know you can do it, & save yourself a ton of money too!  Let’s get to it!   7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY. 

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7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

So why am I painting trim?  

There are three main reasons for this painting craziness: 

  1.  Since we flooded, we changed all of our old trim color downstairs.
  2.  Because we flooded/remodeled, hiring a painter is not in the budget.
  3.  Remember how I tend to have these genius new year resolutions of “getting organized??” LOL!!

If you put these 3 circumstances together  (and you are slightly insane) you decide to paint all of the upstairs trim, closets, ceilings, doors, and vanities yourself!!    

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 


7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

First Things First:  Paint  

***For this project I used:  Sherwin Williams  Snowbound  (SW 7004)***

  • OIL-BASED SEMI-GLOSS:  Bedroom – Baseboards, Door Frames, All Doors
  • LATEX SATIN:  Closet – (ceiling, walls, shelves, door frames)
  • LATEX FLAT:  Bedroom Ceiling

These are the paint quantities that I have used at my house (upstairs):

  • 1 gallon oil-based paint covers ~3-4 rooms and doors 
  • 1 gallon latex satin covers ~ 4 closets 
  • 1 gallon latex flat covers ~ 2 ceilings 

Second:  Ventilate

Please do not skip this tip!! 

  • Oil-based paint is very strong-smelling and could make you sick. 
  • Open a couple of windows while working and put a standing fan in the room with you. 
  • The fan will help especially when painting the closet where the space is closed up.

Third:  Protect Your Flooring

  • Note:  We are getting new carpet, so I did not have to worry about saving the carpet with drop cloths. 
  • But the paint splatter from the ceiling and doors will be messy, so protect your flooring!!

 


7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

Supplies:

  • Paint:  oil-based, latex satin, latex flat – 1 GALLON each
  • 2 – 2 1/2″ angled brushes (1-oil, 1- latex) – combo set
  • 3″ brush (oil)
  • large roller brush, handle, & tray, liners
  • large roller extender *optional* (for ceiling)
  • small roller brush, handle, & tray
  • refills (large & small roller brushes)
  • plastic (cover furniture)
  • canvas drop cloths for carpet
  • painter’s tape
  • paint brush cleaner – OIL only
  • ladder/step stool
  • goggles (for ceilings)

So let’s get to it!  Here are my 7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY.

 


7 STEPS:  Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

7 Steps:

  1.   Prep Area
  2.   Paint All Baseboards & Door Frames – 1st coat
  3.   Paint entire CLOSET & ceiling – 1st coat (latex)
  4.   Paint CLOSET baseboards – 2nd coat (oil)
  5.   Paint bedroom BASEBOARDS – 2nd coat
  6.   Paint bedroom CEILING  (one coat only)
  7.   Paint All DOORS (2 coats)

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 


Step #1:  Prep Area

  • Move all furniture to middle of room –  including closet
  • Cover all furniture with plastic
  • Vacuum – really good (especially where carpet meets baseboards)
  • Clean all baseboards and closet shelves – with a little soap and water on rag
  • Tape down carpet at baseboards – 2 layers
  • Put down canvas drop cloths

***NOTE*** We are getting new carpet, so I did not have to worry about saving the carpet with drop cloths.  The paint splatter from the ceiling and doors will be messy, so protect your flooring!!

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 


Step #2 :  Paint Bedroom Baseboards & All Door Frames

TIME FRAME: 3-4 Hours

Paint all of the baseboards and door frames with the OIL-BASED paint. 

  • I used the 2 1/2″ angles brush for the top part of the baseboards and sides of door frames (where frame meets wall) to get a straighter line.  You can used tape if you want – it’s just personal preference.
  • I used the 3″ brush for the bottom (wider) part of the baseboard to make it easier, and less brush strokes. 

TIP:  Since you will be working with TWO paint brushes,  use the lid of the paint can to store the 2nd paint brush.  I just slid the paint can around the room with me so that I would have both brushes near me at all times.

LET DRY OVERNIGHT

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 


Step #3:  Paint Closet & Closet Ceiling

TIME FRAME:  2 Hours

Paint the walls, closet ceiling, shelves, rod, and baseboards with LATEX SATIN paint. 

  • I used another 2 1/2″ angled paint brush for all of the corners, shelves, rod, and baseboards. 
  • Then I used a foam roller brush for the walls and ceiling.

***NOTE***  I used all of the same paint in the closet for the first coat to make it easier.  If you want to leave it with latex paint, skip STEP 4.  I painted the baseboards and rod with oil-based paint for a second coat (just because I thought they would get the most scratched).

LET DRY OVERNIGHT

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 


Steps #4 -5:  Paint Closet Baseboards/Bedroom Baseboards & Door Frames (2nd Coat)

TIME FRAME :  3 Hours

Paint all of the bedroom baseboards and door frames again (2nd coat) with the OIL-BASED paint AND paint the closet baseboards/closet rod.   

  • The second coat goes on much faster than the first coat – yay!! 
  • It will also look whiter and will cover the pre-existing scratches better.

TIP:  Oil-based paint is more durable than latex paint so I decided that the closet baseboards and rod would get the most use.  I didn’t want wire coat hangers to scratch the paint off of the rod (painted with latex), or baseboards to get banged up either.  Once again, personal preference.

LET DRY OVERNIGHT

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 


Step #6:  Paint Bedroom Ceilings

TIME FRAME:  3 Hours

Use LATEX FLAT paint for the ceilings. 

  • Paint corners, tops and sides of door frames with 2 1/2″ angled brush to get into crevices.  The angled brush also helps to keep paint lines straighter – especially where the wall meets the ceiling. 
  • Then use the large roller brush.

***NOTE***  I only did one coat for the ceiling, but make sure you put a decent amount of paint on your roller brush to cover existing paint color.  Ceilings are very textured and will require more paint to cover the bumps.

LET DRY OVERNIGHT

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 

Hang in there – you’re almost done!!

 


Step # 7:  Paint All Doors

TIME FRAME:  2 Hours (for 4 doors)

Paint the doors using the OIL-BASED paint, and do 2 coats. 

  • My doors have an arch in them, so I painted the inset first with a brush. 
  • Then I painted all of the flat surfaces with the smaller roller brush.

The roller brush was the bomb – it was the perfect size for painting the door!!  Plus, no brush strokes!!

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 

You can tape off the door handle, take it off, or just paint around it (like me) using the angled paint brush.  I kept some paper towels and old rags around to wipe excess paint off of mine.

TIP:  Don’t forget to do the inside and outside parts of the door…..as well as the hinges.  I painted 2 coats on these also.

LET DRY OVERNIGHT, and paint the 2nd coat the next day.

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 

YOU ARE DONE!!  WOOHOO!!  

7 STEPS: Painting Your Bedroom Trim DIY

 

Now, you can move on to the next room or bathroom – right? 

Just remember to take a break during all of the painting so you don’t get overwhelmed – trust me!!  I am on room 4 – so I’ll keep you updated!!

Have a Great Week! 

Love & Hugs 🙂

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