Painting Skirting Boards in 7 Easy Steps

Painting Skirting Boards

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Are you too afraid to paint your skirting boards? Yes, we know it can be hard to work with.


The narrow space and its close encounter with the floor make it tricky to paint. And if you do paint it, it does not look like the way you wanted it to look.


That’s when people get frustrated and call in a carpenter.


Hold on, before calling a carpenter, give our article a read. Here we’ll show you how easy painting skirting boards are.


If you only follow these 7 steps, you’ll have a finely painted board in only 10 minutes.


That’s right, mate. It’s that fast. So, without wasting any more time, let’s get started with the process.

Process for painting skirting boards

In this part of the article, we’ll show you how you can paint the skirting boards. But hold on, before starting every process, there are certain things you need.


That is the equipment you got to have to complete the work. So let’s take a look at that first. Then we promise to dive right into the process.

Tools for the process

Painting Skirting Boards

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Here is a  complete list of all the items you’ll need. This might make your life a whole lot easier.




  • Sand Paper
  • Vacuum
  • Paint Brush
  • Painter’s Tape


Taking preparations is the primary step for any process. This makes your entire work go smoothly and effectively.


So, for this process, you have to sand the skirting board. For this take sandpaper and even out the surface. This will make sure your paint smears off perfectly.


Then use a vacuum cleaner to dust off all the dirt from your surface. Remember, dirt is your enemy whenever you paint something.


Why? Well, because they mix with the paint and create lumps and bumps on it.


Once you’re done you have the green light to start the process.

Step 1- Tape the surroundings.

The first thing you need to do is take out your painter’s tape. Then mask it on the surrounding of your board.


This will make sure your paint does not magically fly off to the walls or your carpet. That can be very messy, right?


Masking will also help you get a clean line that will make it look like a carpenter did the job.

Step 2- Dip the paintbrush in the paint.

Secondly, you have to dip the paintbrush. Now, before you go ahead and dip the entire brush think again.


The skirting boards are not like the walls. They are a very narrow space, so you only need a minimal amount of paint.


That’s why only dip about 2 cm of your paintbrush into the paint. Then wipe off one side of it to make sure the paint does not spread out too much across the skirting board.

Step 3- Cut in from the top.

Once you have a paint-dipped paint brush, start cutting in. This means you have to paint from the cutting line. What’s the cutting line?


The cutting line is the place where the skirting board meets the wall. Yes, we know that area can be hard to work with.


That’s why you have to apply the paint in the cutting line carefully. Make you don’t apply the paint in the middle sector yet. We’ll get to that in the next step.


For this one, simply move the paintbrush along the cutting line.

Step 4- Apply the paint in the middle.

After cutting in, it’s time to work on the main body. This part is sort of fun. You can apply the paint in a long stroke, which makes the process less time-consuming.


On top of that, making any mistake is actually alright. This can be covered up later on. But don’t go overboard or else the wrong places won’t get covered up so easily.


While working on the middle part, make sure you work your way from the top to the bottom. But don’t go all the way down. Leave that for the next step.

Step 5- Cut in from the bottom.

The bottom part of the skirting board has to be cut in again. Yes, do it exactly like how you did with the top section.


Dip in a small part of the paintbrush and smear it along the edge. Don’t worry about making a mistake; the painter’s tape has your back.

Step 6- Lay off.

By now, your skirting board must be painted all throughout. And the paint lines might still be visible. So, how do you cover up your mistakes and make it look more flawless?


Simply take out a paintbrush that has no paint on it and brush along the skirting boards. This will even out the lines and make it look like you painted the entire thing in one go.


This trick is used by many professional painters and now you know it too. So, why not give it a try and see the difference yourself?

Step 7- Wait for the paint to dry.

Done laying off? Well, guess what then your work is done. Now all you have to do is lay back and get some rest.


Your skirting board has been painted over and needs time to dry off. All you have to do now is wait for the air to do its magic.


Now, the waiting time will differ from paint to paint. Oil-based paint usually takes 6 to 8 hours. On the contrary, the water-based paint can take only 2 to 4 hours.

Parting words

Yes, that’s all it takes to paint the skirting boards. Now don’t be afraid to try this at your home. We promise you’ll get a very satisfactory result.


Sounds fun, right? Well, then grab your paintbrush and start painting skirting boards today.

Call us direct at Earles Paints on 07 4121 5202 for all the information you need and visit us : Earle Paint Place Maryborough.

Once you’re done, do let us know how it turned out. Till then, have a fantastic day. Hooroo!

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