How to Finish Decorative Molding

What You'll Need
Putty knife or spatula
Thin paint brush
Painters tape
Stain or paint

You can add character to your home by adding a decorative molding along the floor line and to case your windows and doors. Your home would be instantly transformed into a more luxurious accommodation with the addition of even simply designed moldings. But in order to add to its aesthetic value, decorative moldings should be finished properly in order to hide flaws which might disrupt an otherwise perfect façade.

Step 1 - Cover Flaws and Nail Holes

In order to make your finished molding achieve an even finish, ensure that no nail holes and hammer marks will show by covering them up with putty. You can simply swipe the putty with your finger on a nail hole while a putty knife or spatula might be needed to even out hammer marks.

Step 2 - Tape off Walls and Ceilings

In order to keep the stain or paint within the moldings, fix the painter’s tape to the adjoining wall or ceiling but keep the moldings exposed.

Step 3 - Paint or Stain the Moldings

Take your thin brush and apply paint or stain on the moldings. Using rigid bristles will help in ensuring that the paint or stain stays within the taped area. Allow to dry for a day.

Step 4 - Remove the Tape

Once the paint or stain have dried sufficiently, take off the painter’s paint that you placed on the edges of the decorative molding. Make sure that you remove it carefully so that the wall or ceiling paint will not be damaged.