Painting Baseboards … A BIG job!

I don’t know what I’ve done!

Well, I do, but I’ve bit off a huge chunk.  A BIG JOB!!!

So, I’ve decided to write it all out.  Give myself REALISTIC time goals to meet for each segment and we’ll see how it goes.

If all goes to plan, our home’s baseboards should be complete by the BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY!


Well, I did say realistic … don’t want to set myself up for failure, right!

One of the challenges is trying to fit this job in to the day.  Fitting ONE more thing in to our day seems so daunting, but, it has to be done.  So, this is why I wrote out the schedule and why I’m sharing it with you!

Accountability works wonderfully!!!

Here’s the schedule:

Entry way:  Sept 6-16    Completed Sept 10
Kitchen:  Sept 18-28    Completed Sept 13
Laundry Rm:  Sept 29-Oct 3  Completed Oct 3
Bathroom:  Oct 4-9  Completed Oct 8
Office:  Oct 11-21  Completed Oct 16 {+ the walls!  Oh yeah!!}
Living Rm:  Oct 22-Nov 1  Completed before Christmas
Dining Rm:  Nov 2-12
Front Rm:  Nov 13-23
Entry way:  Nov 24-30
Bathroom:  Dec 1-4
Master Bath:  Dec 5-11
Master Bed:  Dec 12-22
Studio:  Dec 26-Jan 4
M’s Room:  Jan 5-15
N’s Room:  Jan 16-26
Stairwell:  Jan 27-Feb 5
Handrail:  Feb 6-9

Every time I finish a task, I will post about it and cross it off the list and date it the day it’s completed.  Hopefully it’ll be done BEFORE the end of January {or better yet, before Christmas}, but, the goal is set to be done REALISTICALLY by February 9th.

What BIG job have you tackled lately?  What did you do to reward yourself at the end of it?

Help me think of something … please!!!


  1. That is a big job. I just took down wallpaper and painted my bathroom which had black wallpaper with green bamboo all over it. Taking it down was a nightmare. Then painting over builder beige paint, the walls just sucked up the paint. Now…….my baseboards look dirty. So I might be joining you in the baseboard painting project. The paint store did tell me to be careful though if they are currently a gloss or semi gloss because what you paint on could be peeled right off. I guess it’s like painting over plastic. Eeek….. I’m going to Sherwin Williams with my builders paint can from 8 years ago to get the scoop on painting them the right eat.

    • Chrissy! I hope you don’t have to go through too much trouble! YIKES! Isn’t it something!!! Home ownership!! You start one thing and you open a whole can of worms!
      Keep me posted!
      xo Tara

  2. Oops typo, ……… the right way. (last sentence)

  3. Nikki Kelly says:

    My boyfriend and I replaced our baseboard trim last year when we laid hard wood floors (all by ourselves!). Recently we started the process of painting the rest of the wood the same white that we painted the trim. That’s a bunch of doors, door frames, windowsills, and a massive rail that goes around half of our house. Here’s how we’re starting out!

    • Nikki,
      You are really in the thick of it! You’re totally in my space right now!! We ‘get’ eachother completely at the moment … only YOU are really taking your house apart and doing stuff! LOL! I love your blog and will be back over to check out how you’re doing! {and I love how we’re in the same area!}
      xo Tara

  4. Love how you have been specific with the scheduling – the perfect plan to get it done!

  5. Ugh just finished a 1 month long project of painting cabinets, ceilings, walls, and countertops in our kitchen. Today I will finally be done. I love the way it looks and I can’t wait to have a party to see people’s amazement! Good luck on the baseboards. Those are definitely on my list of to do projects.

  6. Your continued inspiration has kick started me. I finally bought one set of curtains for my office. One more to go.

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