How to paint your skirting boards

Painting skirting boards will help give your room the perfect frame. This video will explain everything you need to know.

Before painting, you will need to prepare your skirting boards. A bare wood skirting board needs to be treated with a knotting solution and wood primer first. If they’re already painted or varnished though, you will need to thoroughly clean and abrade the surface using wet and dry paper with a mild detergent. Before you start painting, run a strip of masking tape along the floor.

For the decorative coat, use any paint designed for wood and metal, such as gloss, satin and eggshell.

Start painting across the top, use the edge of a 2 inch brush to cut in with long sweeping movements. Now move onto the flat side. Load your brush and introduce it to the board, making a short vertical movement, before a long sweep with the flat of the brush along the length of the board.

Work in easy to manage sections. When moving to the next section, start at the far side and brush into the section you just painted to ensure an even finish.
Remove the masking tape before the paint dries to prevent any from peeling away.