John and I are nearing the finish line on the big house renovation (woot woot!), so here comes our most requested tutorial yet: how to paint base molding next to carpet.
Yes, it CAN be done! Without getting paint all over the carpet, even.
There are a few ways of tackling this, and the best one depends on the type/length of your carpet. In this video I'll show you three different methods - all of which we've used during our decade of painting professionally - so you can see each one in action and decide which will work best for you.
For a general guide, though: if you have a high shag carpet then the blade method is usually best. For low or Berber styles like we have here, tape's the way to go. And for medium length carpet, any of these three can work, provided you're skilled with a brush.
Oh right, guess I should include the video now, huh? Here ya go:
And finally, here are my three results again in EXTREME ZOOM, just to give you a closer look at what I'm talking about. (Ignore the wall cut-in, we're only looking at the carpet edge on these.)
As I say in the video, it's a little strange that we have this extra quarter-round trim on our baseboards (long story), so odds are you don't have that, and will have an even easier time painting your trim than I did. All of these painting methods work exactly the same whether you have quarter round or not, though.
I hope this helps with your own painting projects, gang! As always, if you have any questions fire away in the comments, and John or I will do our best to answer.