Tips for painted stained wood trim

Trim... Baseboards. Whatever you'd like to call it.
My house was built in '86. And while stained wood accents are nice in certain decor when living outside the woods more than anything it just dates the home. 

So a few years ago I decided I would paint it all white. I did lots of research and started in my guestroom. 

Well. My guestroom got almost done. I havent see the trim in there for a while but I know it isnt done. I think it got primed and the project came to a halt. Why? Because cleaning stuff up was a pain in my butt.

When I did my master closet remodel I did all the trim and shelving in there and what a difference it made. The bedroom made the flip to white baseboards and trim too.

I did the bathroom next. The bathroom is when my painting genuis came out. Not really due to genuis but more laziness.

I hated cleaning the brushes when I was only going to paint for a hour or so. In the bathroom I have three... yup... three door frames. That is a lot of trim work!! I spread the project over two weekends and did it when I had the inspiration (or wanted to avoid laundry). 

These containers from the 99cent store came to the rescue. They come two to a purchase. They screw shut so the paint stays fresh and they are easy to hold. (I also bought my brushes and rollovers at 99CS)

When I saw the paint stays fresh I am for serious. It was a few weeks between the bathroom and when I did the hallway and at least a month (cough or two) between the hallway and when I finally started the living room.


To cover the stained wood I've found oil base primer to work the best and I don't like cleaning it up. So I buy cheap and throw it away when the project is done.

To keep the brushes fresh between coats and projects I wrap them in foil. I have found this keeps them plenty fresh for a project that spans a few weeks.
I only started using the foil during the lving room project so I am not sure how long exactly it will stay fresh, I previously kept the brushes and rollers in the fridge overed in plastic. That worked well for while but my shredded cheese tasted like paint. So that is a no go.

Since both primer and paint are white I use tape to tell them apart. A piece of tape goes on the paint can lid, the container and it's lid, paint brush handle and roller handle. The primer is the one I tape bc in my mind taping is first... Primer is first. 

Having brushes all ready and paint in small manageable containers made all the difference. This is a huuuuge time saver! Not cleaning a brush every time means I can fit in painting into a 30 minute window or less if needed. 

I've found two coats of primer and paint are both needed to cover the stained wood well.

Last weekend I knocked out the last two walls in the living room of baseboards and trim and then I painted those walls and like I mentioned before I painted the walls in the hallway too!!

Here's a sneak peak of the living room in process.