Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look


Part 11: Kitchen Remodel and Structural Wall Removal 

Hey there!

As promised this article is all about some of the little tricks we picked up along the way when working with trim in our old home. Now as old houses sometimes go, there’s nothing square or even about our plaster walls therefore it can be a challenge to get trim and baseboards to lay flush or at least appear to do so. But never fear painter’s caulk is here! I stumbled upon this lovely stuff while browsing the caulk department in search of some other type of caulk for a different project.

If you haven’t heard of painter’s caulk I will tell you it’s a game changer! Do you ever discover something new and then it seems like it’s everywhere you turn? Well after being intrigued by its name because of all the painting I do and have done I went ahead a picked up a tube. For less than $2 I figured why not? Then a couple of days later while watching something on HGTV I noticed a painter in the background going along the baseboard trim with a caulk gun and everything clicked lol! Painter’s caulk is how you get that perfect seamless, no-gap look! So I threw that baby in the caulk gun and went to town on all the trim in the house. Even where the gaps were pretty big this stuff filled them in with ease! It was seriously amazing!

Below is a picture of the exact stuff I use and you can click HERE for the link.

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

So when it came time for our kitchen remodel I stocked up 😀 and I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves! Check out those gaps and imperfections !

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Let’s get caulkin!

To caulk trim you literally just run a bead along the seam or gap and then swipe over it using your finger. Through trial and error you figure out how much to use and how much pressure to apply. Then I always wipe off any excess that was squeezed out onto the wood.

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Don’t Forget to Paint It

After the caulk dries which usually takes about 20-30 minutes I give it a coat of paint. It DOES have to be painted over or it turns a yellowish color so you’ll always know if you missed something 😉 After painting I check it out and if it needs to be filled in more I do, otherwise I give it a couple more coats of paint.

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

I’ve literally used this stuff everywhere and it makes such a HUGE difference in appearance! Especially on the door frames which used to have huge gaps and now look so seamless and nice. If you have an older home with plaster walls you know that sometimes the plaster looks as though when the house settled it pulled away from the trim. Painter’s caulk is the solution! It’s the littlest things that make all the difference and get me excited! Lol!

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Caulking Trim for a Seamless Look

Obviously these are very close up pictures so please don’t be too judgmental! But trust me it all looks awesome! Trim brings so much character and charm to our little home, but it’s amazing how much better it looks now with no gaps or cracks between the trim and the wall or another piece of trim. Even though everything may not line up perfectly or sit squarely against the walls you eye will never catch it!

I hope this article is helpful to any of our fellow diyers who are redoing or painting trim!

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