TRIM PAINT: Before and After

I’m so excited to share todays post! It’s what you’ve all been waiting for, sadly a month late, (sorry about that.) For those of you who don’t know or can’t remember, I started painting the trim in 2 rooms of my home. Honestly the results are so amazing that I’m hitting myself for waiting 5 years before doing this!!

BEFORE: The living room’s orange hued miss-matched trim is not original to the house. So there were no “attachment issues” with ruining beautiful wood with paint. Besides, it’s all a bit heavy and disjointed for my taste.


AFTER: It’s amazing what a little paint and a lot of man-hours can do to a space. It’s fresh, unified, chic and relaxing. The living room feels much more open and the windows just recede into the space. I not only painted the trim but the fireplace as well as the front door. These were cream and looked terribly dingy next to the new brilliant white trim. (Doesn’t my ivory elephant stand out so much more now?! I just love that little guy!)

FancyFreeMe LR Trim After 1

FancyFreeMe LR Trim After 2

FancyFreeMe LR Trim After3

THE NITTY-GRITTY DETAILS {I wiped the wood clean of dust and primed with Zinsser 123 Primer. Filled all the cracks and joints and holes. Then finished with 2 coats of Sherwin William’s Latex Enamel Trim Paint in Snowbound.}


BEFORE: The orange hued trim of the living room gives way to a darker and more brown stain in the dining room. None of the trim matched in these 2 rooms so painting it white brought the 2 spaces together. I never wanted to sit in my dining room. It’s a room we use every day constantly so I really wanted to like it more. It’s still a work in progress, but painting the trim will keep me satisfied for quite some time.


AFTER: It’s like a totally new room with the trim paint! Open and airy, and much more preppy right?

FancyFreeMe Dining Trim After

But that’s not all the painting I did to this space. I also had to paint below the chair rail, the gray paint wasn’t cutting it any longer. Lightening the gray to a khaki really aided in this room’s lofty feel.

FancyFreeMe wall paint


So much better right?! It was worth every bit of extra time it took to paint below the chair rail.

FancyFreeMe Dining Trim After3

FancyFreeMe Dining After 2a

Not that I wasn’t before, but I am so sold on the power of white trim. It just opens up the possibilities of your space and design. And in my case created a calm, clean and brilliant place to live.

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