Do you paint skirting boards before walls? Here's how the pros do it

Person painting wall above skirting board
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Do you paint skirting boards before walls? The answer is yes and no! Traditionally when painting a room you start at the top and work your way down. Why? So you don’t get paint on freshly painted walls, skirting boards or the floor. 

However, the pros don’t always do it this way. When painting skirting boards there’s different reasons and scenarios that decide in which order to paint. Find out what they are and what works best for your project with our guide.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.