Painting Skirting Boards: How to Tackle the Task in 5 Easy Steps

Painting skirting boards - step by step guide
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Painting skirting boards on a DIY basis can be a cost-effective way to spruce up your home.

Skirting boards are there to protect the walls and in the line of duty will get dirty, scuffed and chipped. Giving them a fresh coat of paint - or varnish - will smarten up a room and keep them protected. 

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.