Sealing Seams with Sealant, or How Use Too Much

I replaced my baseboards in the main floor bathroom when our new flooring went in and painted trim around the door. What I still needed to complete was cleanly sealing the space between wall and trim. You can see below what I mean.

I’ll admit I avoided this project knowing my own personal limitations and knowing my track record for having issues. Turns out I was right.

Step one: buy the caulk gun and tube combo – enough of this cute little squeeze tube of sealant that cramps your hand and is empty after half a door. Be a grown up, I told myself. Buy the caulk gun. Go big.

Here are the official steps to using a caulk gun:
  1. Snip off the tip of the sealant needle with the hole in the side of the contraption.
  2. Load the tube of stuff.
  3. Push the thing in the thing and start working.
Here’s what I did:
  1. Snip. Dude I got this! Gonna be a cool blog post!
  2. Load the tube of sealant. Push the thing in the thing.
  3. Don’t be ready and watch sealant spurt everywhere – the rug, the floor, the wall, the trim.
  4. Swear and scream.
  5. Use an entire box of Kleenex trying to wipe up my mistake and my tears.

Step two: squeeze the handle which squeezes the sealant onto the seam cleanly and effortlessly.

Here’s what I did:

I squeeze the handle, now prepared for what happens when you aren’t ready, and shoot caulk up and down the wall, swinging extra oozing caulk across the door frame and floor. I quickly grab the rag (a new necessity to this process) and begin wiping up what’s now on the painted wall. I forget my contraption is still engaged and it’s now dripping down the tube, on the caulk gun, and panic a little. Then I take a break. It’s nowhere it should be.

Step three: Use that tool you should use and swipe up extra sealant and create a clean, seamless line that fills in the gaps between trim and wall.

Here’s what I did:

Pointer finger pushes the sealant into the crack.
That tool makes a clean line, yes, however, it does not recognize an overly-saturated area with too much sealant and while I attempted to make a clean line, it was squirting out the back side of the tool giving me a second caulk line one inch out from the trim. Swearing commences. My DIY includes a lot of swearing.

Step four: clean tools and move on with your day.

Here’s what I did:
  1. Wipe down my mess created on two door frames, throw away the rag – it’s saturated in sealant at this point…
  2. Scrub fingers ’cause let’s face it, I have sealant under eight fingernails, smeared into the cracks of my wedding ring, and I may have to redo my nail polish.
  3. Ignore door frames. They are as good as they’re going to get. Someday I’ll just paint over my extra sealant and pretend people reading this blog who may visit my house won’t comment on any of it.

Meanwhile, in the kitchen…I made butternut squash soup, clean eating recipe courtesy of LEAN by Drea and had a fight with the blender. Squash soup was not the color of my cupboard, counters, or walls, but it is now.