This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in August 2012.
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.
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.
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.