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Caulking-Finishing Touches That Make a Difference

Updated on December 7, 2014

This long journey of getting my home ready for our competitive and depressed market has taught me a few things worth sharing.

As a house ages and settles baseboards and door and window frames pull away from the walls and create gaps. I would always attempt to fill these gaps with paint. Paint only worked for the tiniest of gaps and the others looked unsightly but part of the normal aging process. Right? Wrong.

Caulk Works Best to Fill in Gaps

Two people, one a professional painter (yes, I hired a friend to paint the cathedral ceilings in the master bedroom and bathroom. Did I mention my fear of heights?) and the other my Realtor suggested I use caulk to fill in the many gaps.

Once I started to really look around I noticed that they were everywhere. Of course, given my struggles with caulking and being absolutely sure I would really mess things up I was terrified to even attempt that project. So, I decided to ignore that advice.

I continued on my merry way, painting room after room. Although the finished project was a vast improvement those gaps started to nag at me.

There are Gaps Where the Wall Meets the Baseboard and the Door Trim
There are Gaps Where the Wall Meets the Baseboard and the Door Trim | Source
The Caulk Fills The Gaps and Looks Much Better!
The Caulk Fills The Gaps and Looks Much Better! | Source
  • I decided to try caulking the baseboards in the family room first. What a difference that made!
  • I caulked the crown moulding in the living room
  • I caulked all the door frames and window frames that had gaps
  • I'm so glad I decided to follow that wise advice. Pictured to the right is a baseboard and door frame upstairs, before and after caulking. Looks much better, doesn't it?

Choose Your Caulk and Make Improvements!

  • I used white latex caulk applied with a caulking gun
  • Don't cut off much of the tip as you will want a small bead for most gaps
  • Remember to cut it at a 45 degree angle
  • Do not squeeze much caulk into the gap because when you smooth the bead out with your moist fingertip it will spread out too much
  • All excess has to be cleaned off the wall and trim
  • As long as you use a small bead and it smooths out without much excess you can do this even after the wall and trim has been painted
  • A great finishing touch!


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