How to Paint Crown Molding

How to Paint Crown Molding

How to Paint Crown Molding

Trim and crown molding can really do a lot for a room. They are the decorative feature that add the cherry on top of a well painted room. They elevate your homes aesthetic and make everything look complete. With that being said,  it is important for them to be painted well. If you want to take on this project yourself it is important to follow the proper steps so you can raise your home to the next level and keep it looking as professional as possible.

Should You Paint Crown Before the Ceiling?

Paint your ceiling first, the molding second, and the walls last. If you were to paint the ceiling after the molding, you might sling ceiling paint onto your freshly painted trim. You would also have to cut-in the ceiling paint to the molding upside down, which is more difficult than cutting-in the molding paint to the ceiling.

One of the easiest and fastest ways to paint a ceiling without having to climb up and down a ladder is using the Gooseneck extendable and bendable paint brush. This adapter-free brush screws right onto your painting pole. The soft and flexible bristles cut-in paint along molding and ceiling corners really well.

How to Paint Crown Molding

Step 1: Choose a Color

When it comes to choosing the right paint sheen for crown molding, flat paint doesn’t have the same kind of kick as high-gloss paint. Additionally, you can go for a darker, a contrasting, an analogue or a complementary shade, but remember to stay away from very dark or bold colors, as they’ll attract too much attention to the molding.

Step 2: Pick Paint Type

There are three types of paint out there: oil-based, latex, and acrylic. Of these three, you’ll want to use either the oil-based or latex paints. Both paints are acceptable on crown molding, you’ll just need to decide what fits better for your lifestyle. Oil-based paints create a beautiful, glass-like finish, while latex paints can range from flat to glossy. Many painters recommend a shinier trim than what the wall is painted.

Step 3: Prepare for Painting

Before you start painting, prepare your trim or crown molding surfaces. Prep work takes time and effort, but it makes painting easier. And the results are longer-lasting, so prepping is definitely worth it.

Paint doesn’t adhere well to dirt, so clean surfaces well before you begin. Dust and vacuum all surfaces to be painted. For crown molding, tops of windows, or door casings, use a stepladder or small extension ladder to reach up there.

Step 4: use of Primer

For the best results, it’s advisable to apply a high-quality wood primer that also seals the surface. Apply the product with long, even strokes. When you begin a new stroke, brush towards the last stroke applied. Complete each section with a light finishing stroke.

Step5: Begin Painting

First, prime. Apply one to two coats of primer using a paintbrush. You can let this dry overnight before continuing. When you are ready to begin painting, apply the paint to one side of the brush. Use long light strokes. Only paint a few feet at a time so you can clean up any drips before they dry.

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