Out with the Dark, In with the White

Well after two years, yes two years, we finally got around to painting the inside trim around our new front door.  Well I guess it’s not that “new” anymore, but it still feels new to us.  The door company trimmed out the outside of the door, but it didn’t include the white trim on the inside unless we wanted to pay more money and wait a few weeks for the trim.  Ummmmm, no thanks, we will just reuse the dark trim and paint it white, thank you very much!!!

You can check out the whole door post here.

Here is what the front door looked like before the new white door was installed.  Holy darness batman.  We hated it and it was very damaged and crack, so we had to replace it.

And this is how it has looked on the inside for 2 years.  Don’t mind the wall on the left.  No that isn’t a shadow.  We started to repainted that wall when we had done some work in our Family Room, but we never finished painting the wall the rest of the way up.  Hopefully we will get it done before Christmas.  Well that is our goal anyway.

Here is a close-up of how dark the trim color is.
First coat of primer.
Second coat of primer.

And two coats of paint…..and this is the end result.  So much better now.  We are kicking ourselves for not doing this small project sooner.  It did take several hours {as you can see it’s dark outside by the time we finished}.  We waited about 45 mins to 1 hour in between the primer coats and around a hour or so in between the paint coats.

We have some touch ups to do, have to put the light switch plate back on & we want to caulk around the outside of the moulding to finish things off.

So here is the the recap.

Plus I did some caulking that we haven’t done since we installed the base moulding two years ago. E-m-b-a-r-r-a-s-i-n-g!!! So let’s take a look at what caulking can do for you….well what caulking can do for my moulding. I love the difference and want to share with you how I filled in all the cracks so that you don’t really see the seams anymore.

These two pictures show all the major seams that I wanted to caulk.

We usually like to use DAP paintable caulking.  It says that you can paint in 40 mins, but we usually wait 24 hours until we paint over caulk.  Sometimes you need to put more caulk in the seams because within that 24 hour period, sometimes it will sink into the seam further if enough caulk wasn’t used in the area.  So instead of having to caulk, paint in 40 mins and then 24hrs later or even a few days later you find you need to re-caulk and re-paint again, we just like to wait at least 24 hours before we paint over caulk.  But that is just us and what we like to do.

So once you lay down that first bead of caulk, I love to use this DAP CAP to smooth things out and make sure you have enough caulk in your seams.  Some people just like to use their finger to make it smooth, but I really like using this cap.

It fits right into the area you just caulked.  Then I usually take a wet paper towel or rag and lightly go over the caulk to smooth it out even more.  So if you got to much on the walls, you can get the caulk off at that point while it’s still wet.

Here are the after pictures.  This moulding isn’t perfect, so I did my best to fill in the seams or gaps that we had.  They look soooo much better then with the seams sticking out for everyone to notice it wasn’t finished off the right way.

Now you don’t see the gaps.  YAY!!!

We used Benjamin Moore Natura {no VOC} primer & paint.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore Decorators White.  That is what color all of our trim is in the house.
So has anyone else been painting trim work in their homes?  What color do you use?  Have you ever caulked seams or gaps in your home to make it look more finished?  Do share in the comments area….we would all love to hear about it.
Thanks for stopping by everyone.  Have a great day!!!  :)


  1. says

    The door looks amazing ! Good work ! Must have had a lot of patience for sure. The caulk looks great. One of my favorite things to do =).

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