I think I’m correct in assuming that most people will never see a house without baseboards. The gap between our drywall and tile was a weird, dark crevice that made us uncomfortable for the eight months we didn’t have baseboards or door trim. So I am very excited to have baseboards again!
When we moved in, the existing baseboards were serving their purpose and in fine condition — but I really wanted to install taller, more decorative base throughout the house.
I got a little ambitious and decided it would be a great idea to rip out the baseboards before we moved any of our stuff into the house. Then eight months rolled by and I still hadn’t installed any new base! I have a whole list of excuses, but it really came down to a lack of motivation to start such a large project.
Lucky for me, I have an awesome uncle that offered to come visit and help us with our trim. It was great to have him here, as he lives out of the country the majority of the time and I don’t get to see him very often. We also appreciated his expertise from a long career in the construction industry — not only did he help with the base and door casing, but I also got to pick his brain regarding future projects for the house (yay).
Here’s Shawn quickly becoming a master baseboard-installer.
I don’t think I can offer a tutorial for installing base that would be any better than one that already exists somewhere on the internet — but I can say from experience that you will become best friends with your power tools – namely your nail gun and miter saw.
Our house got a little torn apart during this process and our kitchen turned into a space for storing tools, as it always seems to do.
Uncle Steve working away on the door casing!
I’m a fan of large and dramatic trim of all kinds, but we had to keep it simple with our door casing because our ceilings are so low! We have 8′ ceilings in all of the rooms, but the ceilings drop even lower in the hallway where most of the doors are located. Here’s the casing, pre-painting.
Painter’s putty and caulk are necessary for filling nail holes and corners. Below is an example of some installed base before being caulked. Some of our cuts looked less-than-awesome thanks to some of our walls being nowhere near straight — but caulk takes care of that.
After all of the base was installed (I’ll admit most of it was installed by Shawn and Uncle Steve while I was at work — thanks guys!), I painted all of the base with Benjamin Moore’s “Frostine” in semi-gloss. The last step was to apply a line of caulk between the base and the wall to make it seamless. We did end up with some small gaps between the base and the tile in a few places because our tile is not very level throughout the house. We’ll just have to deal with that – caulking it would look too messy.
Whenever I have a camera my cats always follow me around the house and try to get in every shot. This one’s for you, Akira.
We had another visitor recently, my brother, Dixon, who also lives outside of the country most of the year. I guess we’re a family of expats. Here’s Dixon admiring his handiwork after replacing a light switch. What would I do without all of the help I get from my family? 🙂