DIY Perfect Baseboards

6 Materials
2 Hours

As promised, I'm back with more of our Entry Hall Makeover. Today I'm going to attempt to tell/show you how to get your very own perfect baseboards with the perfectly finished off ends.
We are not pros by any means, total DIY people here.  Everything we do we look up on Pinterest, YouTube and Hometalk of course!  If you don't already know, those three sites are the best for the DIY types. *wink*
A few weeks ago my honey installed our nice new wood look tile floor and of course it was beautiful so we couldn't leave the bottom edge of the wall exposed like this for very long.  We wanted to add the baseboards back so it would look finished and gorgeous.  Check it out HERE for how we did the floor tile.
You will need to choose the type of baseboard look you're going for first.  We chose a very simple look.  The baseboard itself with a quarter round finish.  This is two separate pieces of wood.  You will also need a chop saw like you see above, or just a miter saw will work.  The reason being, you will need to be able to cut the wood pieces at an angle and it is much easier with the chop saw or a miter saw.
Here you can see the tall flat pieces (baseboard) up against the wall and then the skinnier rounded pieces (quarter round) touching the base board and the floor.  My honey's method was to make all the cuts first and lay everything out for what it would look like, then nail everything into place.
See the before picture above?  This is what we ended up with when he was all done cutting all the pieces to size.  He was NOT happy with that look and he wanted it to look more finished off.

The after picture is what he ended up with after reading the very informative article we found online.  So much better huh?

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Here are the pieces before they are joined together.  You will need to add a bit of white caulk to the end cap before nailing it in to place, this will help secure it.  Next step is nailing it all in place.  We used our nail gun for a speedier process, but you can also use the old fashioned hammer and nails as well.

Look how nice and finished off those ends look now.  After these are painted, they will be perfect!
To finish off your baseboards completely, you will want to use a white paintable caulk.  Run a very small bead of caulk along all the open gaps.  With a damp finger, run your finger along the caulk bead to smooth it out.  Wipe excess into the nail holes and then if needed, have a damp cloth in your hand for any unneeded caulk.
Gorgeous!  All I have left to do is put a nice fresh coat of white paint on them and we'll be golden!
Fresh paint for everything coming up and some new decor too! Stay tuned!

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3 of 10 questions
  • Nice job, very neat. What's the furry creature without a head?

    • Reba
      on Mar 27, 2019

      I love animals. We had a cat named Tiny. Christmas was her favorite, she loved to knock over our tree. Lost a lot of decorations, she lived to be 15. Wish we still had her and she could knock over our tree if she wanted.

  • Cinamom
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Why do you caulk the top of the baseboard to the wall? Here in the midwest most homes have wood stained baseboards. So we remove them as well as all outlet, switch plates & drapery rods when we paint the walls.

  • Deb
    on Apr 13, 2019

    How did you do your walls

    • DeeDee
      on Apr 14, 2019

      Hi Deb! My FIL did it and he used premixed joint compound and a extra large putty knife. Its one of many versions of the Santa Fe Wall Texture. You can find how tos on YouTube to do it.

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  • Debbie
    on Mar 28, 2019

    You know I may be wrong but this is how they used to do the base board when I was young now a lot of houses doesn't have it. People got cheap. Yes I think it is lovely. I like it's neat clean look and you did a good job.

    • DeeDee
      on Mar 28, 2019

      HI Debbie! Thank you! I think its probably becoming a lost art plus your'e right, people get cheap and lazy, no craftsmanship anymore. :)

  • Kristine Brady
    on Mar 28, 2019

    Painting before install seems so much easier. That's what I do.

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