How To Paint Baseboards WITHOUT Getting Paint On Your Carpet

I've finally learned the secret of painting your baseboards and NOT getting paint onto your carpeting. It's a bit time consuming, but so worth it!
Before we moved in
We had natural oak baseboards when we bought our new house, but I wanted all the trim to be white. Do you know how expensive that would be to replace everything? I decided I would take my time and do every room.
Use shipping tape, either the clear or the tan, like the photo below. I had lots leftover from our moving
Lay the tape on the carpet and against the baseboard, with just a bit of it going up the sides...see photo
Using a simple table knife, gently wedge the tape under the baseboard
This is what it should look like
I did the floor first, but it really doesn't matter, but you'll obviously need to tape the wall by the baseboard, too.
I always used a hotel key card or in this case, my Anthropologies card to flatten the tape to the wall so paint won't seep under.
This was with my first coat of primer
This is another room and what it looked like once I removed all the tape.
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  • I use poster board, or a thin piece of cardboard to put behind and slide it as I paint.

    • Theredpaintedcottage Theredpaintedcottage on Oct 06, 2018

      I’ve done that in the past but it really depends on what kind of carpet you have. If the fibers are long enough, they can spring back towards the baseboard and stick to the paint as it dries.

  • Ronda Ronda on Apr 26, 2020

    great idea! I’m getting ready to paint my trim and I’m going to try this. Have you painted your door frames as well? If so, how did you paint around your carpet?

    • Ronda Ronda on Apr 26, 2020

      Also, do you wait for the paint to dry before removing the tape?