Realtor Rehab: Caulking

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During the prep portion of rehabbing my kitchen cabinets, I noticed that the cabinet shells were not flush against the wall in many places.  It’s not unusual, so I grabbed some caulk and fixed it right up

I have developed a love/hate relationship with caulk.

I love it because it makes things look so finished!  I have used it on every piece of molding in my house.  If you look up at your crown or down at your baseboard and see holes where they meet the wall, all you need is some caulk to get it back to good.  There are all types of caulk, but I like the type that goes into a caulk gun vs. the squeezable I don’t know why…I just do.  And, I like the kind that is paintable in 30 minutes.  I’m not a patient person.

I hate caulk because it’s a hot mess…or I am a hot mess using it.  Not sure which, but probably the latter.  The key is to wipe the excess off your finger before it becomes too much excess and finds its way down the entire length of the wall.  In a perfect world, the caulk lines up properly and you don’t have to paint it if you hadn’t planned on painting anyway.  Always have A TON of wet paper towels handy.  It makes cleaning up that hot mess much easier.

You may be asking yourself, what exactly do you caulk.  Oh anything!  Crown molding, base molding, molding that surrounds your doorways, kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, countertops, and even where two pieces of molding meet.  That’s why you don’t see a gap there!  Anywhere an object meets the wall, you can probably caulk it.

So, next time you’re lying on your couch, look up.  If you see a hole in your crown where it meets the wall, it may be time to pull out the caulk.  You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

 

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