We are just starting to make some changes on the interior of our house, starting with painting the room that will be our office. It will be so nice to move the computer upstairs so I can use it more easily for photo editing and blogging. (Maybe. You know me.)
Anywho, we actually painted the office last week, but had to settle for colors that weren’t exactly what we wanted. It’s a long story. I lived with it for a week, and while it wasn’t horrible, I really wanted two shades of grey, and the ones we got had some serious blue undertones. If we were only going to be painting that one room, I would have just left it, but we want to carry the greys through the entire upstairs, so yesterday I went and bought paint at a different store in the colors we had originally chosen.
Really, very little of that is important to this post. Bear with me.
Our house has shag carpeting. Trust me, that was not our choice. I’d like to throat-punch the jerk who thought bringing back the shag was a good idea. We are planning to rip most of it out and replace it with wood flooring, hopefully soon. For now, though, we are painting around it. Undoubtedly, the best course of action would be to take the baseboards off and paint them separately. But let’s be serious. I don’t have the time, or the space, for that. Here’s what I did instead.
Let me explain this picture. The orange is the color of the accent wall. It is staying the same. The green is the tape I used to tape off the trim so I could paint it without messing up the wall. The blue/grey color on the left is the old color, and the lighter grey on the right is the new color. The white on the bottom is the space that was missed with the last paint color because of the shag carpet, but this hack took care of that.
Here’s what I did: I cut a flap of cardboard off of a box. I was just going to put it up to the edge of the baseboard to protect the carpet from getting paint on it. It ended up working even better than I had hoped because the cardboard actually slid right under the edge of the baseboard. I was able to paint about an eight inch section and then just slide it under the baseboard to the next section to be painted. It held the carpet down and made a barrier between the carpet and the paintbrush. I was able to finish the trim in no time! The best part? This handy little tool didn’t cost me a penny.
**We have a lot more painting and decorating coming up. Do you have any tried and true helpful hints for us??