Again, THANKS for all the tips that have been pouring in, they definitely are helping me get through this project with a lot less pain.
TO EVANE: The floor is made of Mahogany. We were trying to pull 3 rooms together with the new floor and oak, birch, or the like, just didn't cut it. If it looked good in one room it didn't in another. We needed a mix of colors and settled on Mahogany because of the wide range of colors.
I'll tell all you painters something........ I haven't been in a "bar fight" for over 40 years, and don't intend to ever be in one again, but if I do, the first thing I'm going to ask my opponent is; "what do you do for a living?" If he says he paints baseboard all day long, I'm going to run like hell, because he would "have to be in great shape!"
I've completed the master bedroom and closet, and I just finished the guest bathroom. I have to say, other than making me ache like you wouldn't believe, it’s not too bad getting that paint on the baseboard. But it is a younger person's game for sure.
I have jumped right in and doing the painting free hand without the tape. I did try something that worked really well however. You all probably know about this, but in the guest bathroom there is a ceramic tile floor. I was able to push a sheet of 8 ½ by 11 paper under a lot of the shoe. In some areas where the shoe was touching the floor, I was able to lift it with a screw driver in the tile seam just enough to slide the paper under and not damage the shoe. It was very helpful in keeping the paint off the floor. Of course there were areas that I had to paint without a safety net but it went pretty good.
Thanks again, and will keep you posted on the progress.