Nothing makes a room renovation feel more complete than freshly painted skirting boards. And while this little strip of wood at the bottom of your wall might just feel like the decorative ribbon wrapped around your room, skirting boards do serve an important purpose in your home, protecting your walls from kicks, scuffs and scrapes.
No one could ever accuse Resene expert Tegan Williams of skirting this issue. The qualified painter and decorator and former NAWIC Tradeswoman of the Year, known to many as Tradie Gal, understands how important it is to achieve a quality result when it comes to trims and skirting boards. This comes down to setting yourself up to succeed by doing the right prep and using the best Resene paint.
“Painting your skirting boards is a satisfying job, often skirting boards can look really scruffy but it’s easy to freshen them up” says Tegan.
“Skirting boards are one of those small jobs where you think you won’t notice the end result, but you really will.”
To paint skirting boards, Tegan uses waterborne enamels Resene Lustacryl semi–gloss or Resene Enamacryl gloss due to their durability. I like to use Resene Lustacryl as it is a hard-wearing semi-gloss waterborne enamel and works in nicely with walls painted in low sheen paint. Another bonus is these waterborne enamels are easy to clean, which is handy for getting rid of scuff marks in the future. But before you lift a paintbrush, first clean the skirting board with Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner. It’s also important to do the groundwork and protect your flooring with Resene drop cloths and Tegan’s masking tape hack.