When Should You Paint Your Trim

Trim Painting Vs. Trim Replacement In New
Berlin: The Pros And Cons Of Each

Understanding When To Restore And When
To Replace Your Home’s Trim

Your home’s trim is an essential feature, bringing attention to your beautiful walls, cabinets, and framed art. Precision trim painting for your New Berlin home can refresh your home and breathe new life into your decor.

Conversely, when your home’s trim is worn, ratty, or faded, it can diminish even the most tastefully decorated home.

But how can you tell when your trim can be restored and when it’s just too worn and damaged to keep? When do you repaint, and when do you replace?

Understanding your options and weighing the benefits and drawbacks of each is the smartest way to decide what’s best for your home.

Trim Painting: Pros

If your trim is still in good condition and you enjoy the profile of it, there’s no reason not to paint it. Save yourself time, money, and a whole lot of mess by hiring an expert trim painter from Colorwheel Painting.

Less Expensive

The most obvious benefit to repainting your old trim (or painting your trim for the 1st time) is the cost. Painting trim is far less costly than replacing it and drastically minimizes the total labor costs.

At Colorwheel Painting, we use only the highest quality paints, so you can be confident you’ve trusted the best with your trim restoration or modification. Our high-quality paints are durable and hold up well over time, so your trim will look new for years to come. It might just need some general dusting and cleaning.

Environmentally Friendly

Replacing trim can generate a lot of waste. Old painted trim can’t be recycled (or even used as fuel) due to the paint, and new trim is often not made of recycled materials. Painting your old trim reduces waste.

Preserves Original Aesthetic

Waukesha County has no shortage of historic homes. Many older, historic houses have unique trim and molding that ties into the house’s original aesthetic. The trim is often part of what gives an older home its charm.

Repainting the trim of historic homes refreshes and restores the trim without compromising the original design.

Trim Painting: Cons

Trim painting is a wonderful option if your trim is still in good condition. However, sometimes a home’s trim has to be replaced.

Not Feasible For Worn, Damaged Trim

While we at Colorwheel Painting work miracles every day, sometimes, the trim is just too worn and damaged to repaint. This is especially true of “fixer-upper” homes that have been neglected for long periods of time. You’ll have to make an assessment, and we can help you. Is there just a small amount to replace? Or a lot? What will the trim project entail?

Recommended If Original Trim Had Lead Paint

If a home’s original trim was painted with lead based paint, the hazard is best mitigated by letting it lie, and encapsulation. However, the risk comes in repairing imperfections. Typical DIY or even lesser educated painters will sand the lead. This is a big no no. Knowing the right types of fillers, and types of repairs that can be performed, is vital.

Trim Replacement: Pros

Sometimes, the trim just isn’t salvageable. When you replace your trim, you can choose a new style to compliment your home and make it truly unique.

You Get To Choose A New Style

If you weren’t crazy about your trim and crown molding when you first moved in, now’s the perfect opportunity to pick out what you truly love. If you love the look of wooden trim, you could have your trim prefinished before installation, saving some time and effort.

Have you tolerated that outdated trim for too long? Now it’s time for a fresh new look!

Increased ROI

If you’re considering putting your New Berlin home on the market, replacing your trim will likely increase your property value and attract potential home buyers more than repainted trim. You’ll likely recover most of your initial trim replacement costs.

Trim Replacement: Cons

As beautiful as trim replacement is, it does come with some downsides.


Trim replacement is expensive. The overall costs include labor as well as the price of the trim itself along with finishing itf. Trim prices vary widely depending on the material and style. But no matter how inexpensive your trim choice, labor and trim costs combined will cost far more than trim repainting.


Trim replacement requires a lot more time and labor than trim painting. The carpenters have to remove every piece of trim you want to be replaced, clean up the old trim (most of which can’t be recycled or turned into firewood due to the chemicals in the paint and varnish), prep the areas for trim installation, and install the new trim. And if there is lead, watch out. This project just got much bigger.

Not only does this mean abatement specialists or carpenters, or both, being in your home and making a mess for a longer period of time, but it also costs more in labor hours.

Colorwheel Painting: Precision Trim Painting For
New Berlin Homeowners

Does your old trim need some refreshing? Is your old, worn, outdated trim bringing down the look of your home decor?

Turn to Colorwheel Painting for all your trim painting needs. Whether you want a new color altogether or just want a touch-up, we’re here for you.

If you have any questions about our trim painting services, contact us through our online form or call us directly at 414-708-6324 to set up your free consultation!

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