How to Paint Baseboards in a Carpeted Room

Painting baseboard.

We recently received this nifty tip on how to paint the baseboard in a carpeted room without getting paint on the carpet from Mike Hansen of Urbandale, Iowa. Read on to find out how it’s done.

The slats from an old metal window blind make a great paint shield for painting the baseboard of a carpeted room. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Take the slats out of a set of old metal blinds.
  2. Cover the holes in the slats with masking tape.
  3. Put a drop cloth down that covers the floor of the room.
  4. Slip the slats from the blind between the carpet and the baseboard on top of the drop cloth.
  5. Wedge the cord from the blinds between the slats and baseboard, using the blade from a screwdriver to push it in as far down as possible. This will hold the drop cloth down and keep the carpet away from the baseboard.
  6. Paint the baseboard using latex or oil based paint (oil will last longer).
  7. After the paint has dried, use a utility knife to cut the cord free from the paint.
  8. Remove the cord, blinds, and drop cloth. The carpet will spring back in place paint free and not stuck to the baseboard.


  1. Ive been doing this for years. My method is a bit different – I use a long slat from an old vertical blind. They’re three inches wide, have a nice curve to hold them in place (so no need to put the cord in the mix)and you can roll them up for storage to use later.

    If you don’t happen to have a blind slat, you can pick a 7 footer up at home depot for about $1.

  2. Most excellent idea. I think I’m going to try to find a set of the old plastic vertical blinds and give it a go!


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