Painting Wood Trim White To Complete A Dream Home

Completing A Couple’s New Home In Ann Arbor By Painting The Stained Wood Trim White

Looking for someone local who can paint interior wood trim? You can see an actual project a client had us do for them where we painted their interior wood trim while they were out-of-state. Rob and his wife are moving to Ann Arbor soon, but they aren’t huge fans of the stained wood trim running throughout the house. That’s why they hired us to paint it white.

Looking for someone local who can paint interior wood trim? You can see an actual project a client had us do for them where we painted their interior wood trim while they were out-of-state. Rob and his wife are moving to Ann Arbor soon, but they aren’t huge fans of the stained wood trim running throughout the house. That’s why they hired us to paint it white.

You can see the transformation and how we did it right here (oh, and we repainted something else too).

Stained Wood Is A Trend Of The Past

Rob and his wife are so close they can almost see it, but they can’t yet.

They are about to make a big move from state-to-state, ending in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They have a beautiful home waiting for them, but it isn’t yet complete. Rob and his wife hate the stained wood trim running through the house, not to mention the blue brick fireplace.

Before painting wood trim white and brick fireplace white

To them it just doesn’t feel like home because of how these parts look. That’s why they want to have someone paint them before they move in.

Rob gets on Google and searchers for painting contractors in Ann Arbor, which is where he finds Tribble Painting. After looking at their reviews, past work, and interior painting services page, he decides to fill out their contact form.

Now the couple just needs to wait for Tribble Painting to reach out to them.

Talking With Tribble Painting

*BRRRIINNNGG, BRRRIINNNGG, BRRRIINNNGG*

Rob whips out his phone, answering it to find Ashley from Tribble Painting on the other end. They talk for a while about his project, asking and answering questions on both sides.

They come to find out there is a potentially big problem: Rob and his wife are still out-of-state and won’t be there for an estimate.

Ashley with Tribble Painting talking about painting wood trim white
Ashley with Tribble Painting talking about painting wood trim white

Rob whips out his phone, answering it to find Ashley from Tribble Painting on the other end. They talk for a while about his project, asking and answering questions on both sides.

They come to find out there is a potentially big problem: Rob and his wife are still out-of-state and won’t be there for an estimate.

Rob and Tribble Painting manage to work out a solution: the parents.

One of the couples’ parents agrees to meet with Tribble’s estimator, Nick, at Rob’s house for the estimate and FaceTime the couple in. This way Nick can get in the house and Rob can ask questions and set clear expectations.

After solving that problem, Rob and his wife decide to get an estimate.

The Estimate Process

Rob flicks his wrist up to check his watch for the time. It’s getting pretty close so he should be there any min…

*BRRRIINNNGG, BRRRIINNNGG, BRRRIINNNGG*

Nick with Tribble Painting

Rob slides out his phone and answers a FaceTime call from his parents to see them and Nick, the estimator from Tribble Painting. They chat for a couple of minutes and then go on the estimate.

Rob and Nick ask and answer each others’ questions like “what color do you want to paint it?” and “how long do you think it’ll take?”.

Nick with Tribble Painting

Rob slides out his phone and answers a FaceTime call from his parents to see them and Nick, the estimator from Tribble Painting. They chat for a couple of minutes and then go on the estimate.

Rob and Nick ask and answer each others’ questions like “what color do you want to paint it?” and “how long do you think it’ll take?”.

Once that is done and they’ve set clear expectations, Tribble emails them an estimate for their project, which the couple readily accepts. Now they need to get on the painting schedule.

Jeanette with Tribble Painting

Jeanette, the office manager, helps get them on the schedule and sends them an email with their start week. As the start week nears, Rob gets another email with their project’s start date and some information on Aaron Goulet, their project manager.

Now it’s time for painting the wood trim white.

Painting Wood Trim White

Aaron and his team show up ready to paint interior trim.

Before painting wood trim white and brick fireplace white

He FaceTimes Rob and goes on a pre-job walk through to make sure he knows exactly what the project needs.

Now that Aaron is 100% sure of what he is to do, he and the team start painting the wood trim white:

Tribble’s 6-Step Process For Painting Wood Trim White

The absolute first step is to prepare the area for painting to make sure the paint won’t end up where it shouldn’t (like on carpet). This involves painter’s tape and drop cloths. Then:

  1. Lightly sand the trim
  2. Clean the trim
  3. Apply primer
  4. Fill nail holes
  5. Caulk trim
  6. Prime and paint with two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance satin acrylic paint

Sanding the trim provides more grip for the paint to stick to. Cleaning it makes sure nothing like dirt or dust will cause problems by getting between the paint and the trim. The caulking gives a more seamless look to the trim, meaning fewer gaps.

The final results:

A Final Walk Through

But it isn’t over yet! Aaron, for the final time, FaceTimes Rob and his wife for a post-job walk through. This means going through the job site to make sure everything is done and done well. Of course, if the couple finds something off when they move in they can contact Aaron directly through his personal cell phone number.

Rob and his wife are happy with what they see. Now they can move into their new house and have it feel like their home.

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