Baseboards cover the uneven edge of flooring next to the wall while protecting the wall from kicks and furniture bumps. They can also add style to the area! I had old baseboards, but instead of replacing them; I added to them.
Flip Your Old Baseboards!
These are my finished baseboards! What a difference a little wood and some caulk can make.
If you're going to repaint, stripping the paint is the best option. This is because baseboards take a lot of beating. You can skip the stripping if you're using a good primer, chalk paint or adding wood over the surface.
I added wood, so I didn't need to strip the paint.
(This was during my planning process)
I went double high. I attached a piece of plywood the same height and width as the baseboard into the studs.
You can also use drywall anchors.
*You can also use an adhesive if this is a permanent project.
I cut 4mm plywood and 'wood glued and screwed it' over the baseboard using self countersinking wood screws.
Fill in the holes with wood putty and sand.
I screwed on a decorative cap and caulked everything with a paintable caulk.
*It's easier to fill in all of the holes with wood putty and sand before caulking.
I'm preparing this wall for wallpaper!
Check out that green! It's called Khaki green and I played around with colors before deciding on milky white.
The baseboards before the milky white paint!
What a difference!!
The bottom piece of wood is called base shoe and I went with flat base shoe. You have a lot of options!
Paint the shoe molding first and attach it using nails. Just paint over the nail heads.
This is an easy way to transform those old baseboards!