Flip Your Old Baseboards!

Bryan's Workshop
by Bryan's Workshop
10 Materials
3 Days

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.


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)

Adding height!

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.

Thin Plywood!

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.

The cap!

I screwed on a decorative cap and caulked the baseboards 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!

Old meets New!

Check out that green! It's called Khaki green and I played around with colors before deciding on milky white.

New Baseboards Before!

The baseboards before the milky white paint!

New Baseboards After!

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.

Finished corner!

The new baseboards!

This is an easy way to transform those old baseboards!

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  • Mary Mary on Sep 10, 2020

    Where did you get that gorgeous wallpaper? It’s amazing!

  • Shelby 🐈 Shelby 🐈 on Sep 24, 2020

    Hello - Love the baseboard tip & will certainly use it on our next renovation. I wanted to ask you about that beautiful wallpaper also; did you install it over the green brick wall or am I just seeing it that way? If you did, please tell me how.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Mari Mari on Sep 22, 2021

    Great job, but would it not have been easier to buy new 6” molding. Probably close to same cost but less labor?

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