Confidence Booster: Learn How To Caulk Today

If you’re intimidated by the thought of caulking and doing it neatly, think again. Even as a renter years ago, I used caulking (with my landlord’s permission) as a way to help tidy things up. A clean line of white along the backsplash. A thin bead along the edge of the tub that after years of scrubbing, had appeared completely void of any sealant. $4 tube will go a long way, and DIY Network offers some great tips for seamless application.

Caulking around the sink.

In the above picture, for instance, I caulked in the bathroom where the edge of the sink met the vanity base and also where the sink met the drywall to prevent any accidental overflow from being invited to soak in and cause damage (you can read the full story about my vanity installation right here).

Caulk also happens to make any project look very crisp and finished — painters caulk is commonplace in most trim and crown moulding applications. Just cut the tip from the caulk tube minimally, go slowly, and never fear, if the gun gets away from you, you’ll be able to immediately wipe away any errors with a damp rag, so try it at home today.

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at


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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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