Easy, No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

By Noreen Doll.

We love this super easy no-mess way to paint baseboards.

Easy, No Mess Way to Paint Baseboards - Crafty Journal

Before when we’ve painted, we used a paint edger, which needs to be wiped free of paint after each use.

Easy, No Mess Way to Paint Baseboards - Crafty Journal

This left us with tons of paint smeared paper towels or rags, and we usually managed to get some paint where we didn’t want it anyway.

This time we applied packing tape along the edge of the carpet, leaving a half inch or so on the baseboard.

Then we used a scraper to push that extra half inch under the baseboard, and pressed the tape down against the carpet.

Crafty Journal - Easy No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

Once the whole edge was taped, it was a cinch to paint the baseboard – with absolutely no mess!

Crafty Journal - Easy No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

After the final coat of paint was applied, we let it dry for a few hours and then gently removed the packing tape.

The newly painted baseboard looked perfect.

Crafty Journal - Easy No-Mess Way to Paint Baseboards

For more great painting tips, see Cheap Amateur Painting Tips.

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  1. Genius!

  2. Very clever! I’m a rotten painter, so I truly appreciate any tips. Thanks! :)

  3. Thank goodness for tape! Mr. Frugalista is a freehand kinda guy but I’m for tape all the way.

  4. great idea!!

  5. Great tip! We’ve done this as well and it works great! :-)

  6. What a great idea!!!!! That makes life a lot easier when you have carpet and have to paint baseboards.

  7. Super tip! I have some painting to do and I will keep this in mind.
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  8. I need to touch up some baseboards in my house but I’ve been afraid to make a huge mess. I will have to try this!

  9. Ingenious! Now, I just need something that works on hardwoods…:)

  10. Great idea! Nice to have an easier way to make painting neater. Thank you for sharing this. :)

  11. Where were you months ago when I had to paint my baseboards? Great tips. I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party at IT’S A ginger SNAP.

  12. Cynthia Landrie says:

    Great tip! I’ll be sure to remember this when I do some touch-up painting. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  13. What a great idea – we have used that painters blue tape before but I have not tried packing tape and I have a lot of it. I am going to try this soon as we will be painting our dining room and need to protect the floor. Pinning so I remember.

  14. Oh my, genius! I’ve got to try this, I have some ugly baseboards that need a paint job so badly! Pinning, thanks for the tip!

  15. I am going to have to paint some baseboards soon and this will come in handy. Thank you for the great tips.

  16. Genius!! Pinned to “How to”…

  17. Such a smart idea- now if I just can remember to do this next time I paint!

  18. Oh. My. Gosh. I wish I had seen this a few days ago- it would have saved a lot of headache!

  19. Great hint – thanks

  20. I can testify that this method really works! It is so easy to paint baseboards this way. I use a tiny amount of paint toward the bottom of the baseboard as it blends in when the carpet is released from the tape. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  21. Thanks for this idea! It’s time for me to paint baseboards. I keep putting it off in favor of projects that are more fun :-)


  22. ooh great idea, very clever way of doing it! Thanks for sharing, i will try and remember that! :) xx

  23. Hi Noreen, Great tip. We’ll be painting our kitchen soon. I’ll have to try this. Thanks for sharing at the party Theresa

  24. That´s very clever, thanks for sharing!

  25. Wonderful tip-Wish I had read it about 2 weeks ago though :-/ I’ll be prepared next time though!

  26. Very clever, should have done that in my bathroom makeover. At least paint comes off ceramic tile easy, lol. Thanks for sharing on Worthwhile Wednesdays! I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  27. Brilliant! I’m featuring this post on the blog tomorrow. I will most definitely be using this tip – thanks!

  28. Great tip! I am sure I will still find a way to make a mess, but at least this might limit it a little, haha. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  29. Hi Noreen! I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your tutorial for painting baseboards, and I’m featuring you as one of my Rockstars this week from Creativity Unleashed!

    As a Rockstar you’re in the running for this week’s MEGA Rockstar! The MEGA Rockstar gets loads of love including:

    1. Shout outs on all my social media houses.
    2. A bucket full of Pins to my biggest group boards
    3. A big sidebar ad proclaiming them the MEGA Rockstar of the week
    4. And a feature in my weekly newsletter!
    5. A secret bonus to continue the fun… Yay!

    Congratulations and Good Luck!!!

  30. Thanks fo sharing this awesome tip.

  31. Paint on carpet makes me crazy. Thank you for sharing. Hello from Fabulous Finds.

  32. This is a great tip! I want to paint soon. This will help.

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