How to Paint a Baseboard Next to Carpeting

Preperation and using thin coats of paint will help keep paint off the carpet when painting baseboards.
Preperation and using thin coats of paint will help keep paint off the carpet when painting baseboards. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

It can be cumbersome to repaint baseboards without getting paint on the carpet. Although someone with a steady hand and a brave heart may be able to accomplish this task without protecting the carpet, many people are going to need some extra help. Regardless of the method used to protect the carpet, the key element is applying a thin layer of paint and adding extra coats rather than attempting to get complete coverage in one coat.

Things You'll Need

  • Carpet shield or single blade from a window blind
  • Damp lint-free rag
  • Packing tape
  • Paint scraper
  • Angled paintbrush

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Carpet Shield Method

Purchase a carpet shield from a local paint supply store or use a single, recycled blade from a window blind.

Slip the shield or blade between the carpet and the baseboard.

Paint the baseboard in a thin layer using an angled paintbrush to prevent drips and puddles that can work their way under the shield.

Slide the shield or blade out from under the baseboard.

Wipe the blade clean with a damp rag.

Re-insert the blade or shield. Keep 1 inch of the protective tool under the fresh paint on the baseboard so you can work in the wet edge on the painting surface.

Packing Tape and Paint Scraper Method

Lay packing tape lengthwise against the baseboard so the edge of the tape goes up the side of the baseboard about 1/4 inch.

Lay the edge of a paint scraper on the tape so the blade is on the carpet.

Push the blade down on the carpet and under the baseboard at the same time. Repeat until there is tape under the entire baseboard.

Paint a thin coat of paint onto the baseboard.

Let the paint dry before removing the tape; this way if there are any paint splatters on the tape, they will dry in place rather than coming in contact with the carpet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take your time painting baseboards.


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