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How-to Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

So this project was not one I planned on doing for quite some time. Was I excited for it? Yes. Was I eager to paint the creamy beige-y baseboards? Definitely. Was I dying to part with my mini baseboards? A little. But we have family coming out to visit at the end of the month so the hubby and I have been living in project mode and focusing on projects that fall onto our “what we want to get done before they come” list. Baseboards was not on my list. But it was on the hubby’s. Plus, he was excited for it! That rarely happens! So beefing up our baseboards quickly became a must and it was knocked out in just one day!

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

If you are looking for the drama of taller baseboards but you don’t want to spend your time and money ripping out the old ones and replacing them with chunkier ones, then this is definitely a project you want to do! The total cost for beefing up the baseboards in our entire great room and dining room was $60. SIXTY DOLLARS! And that included tools we needed to buy. That is a tiny fraction of what it would cost to replace our baseboards!

Anywho, to the tutorial! Above you can see where we started. Our baseboards were about 2.5-inches tall and a yellowy cream. Others of you may have shorter baseboards like mine and they can be great! But when you have vaulted ceilings, they look itty-bitty. Not my cuppa tea. When we painted the great room I didn’t bother to paint the last 2-inches, knowing that we were going to have to paint them and cover them with the update.

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

Okay. So looking at this picture I really get why the hubby was in such a rush. There were cracks all over the place. Seriously. It was like plumber-city over here! {I’m sorry for that one… I’m tired}.

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

Like any good project, it started at a hardware store. So we headed over to big orange to get all of our supplies. First up was trim to become the new top of the baseboards. I found this little 3/4-inch hemlock trim. 96-feet later we had enough. We also needed a few other supplies. For your viewing pleasure, here is a handy dandy supplies list:

  • trim
  • miter box and saw {so you can make those fancy mitered corners like a professional!}
  • paint
  • 1.5-inch finishing nails
  • caulk and gun
  • wood glue

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

Bring home all your trim and supplies and get to painting those trim pieces! Obviously you only need to paint 3 of the sides because the back will be against the wall. So don’t waste your time.

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

Now it is time to get to installing. I’ll leave out the part about measuring twice and cutting mitered edges once because hopefully we all know how to use a tape measure. {How to miter corners will have to be a post for another day} Figure out how tall you want your baseboards to be. Start placing your trim there.

I had figured out that I wanted my trim to be exactly 2-inches above the old trim. Luckily, this meant I could use my 2-inch tall level as a guide for my trim all while making sure it was level! Yippee! I totally recommend finding something to use as a guide. It made this project 10 million times easier. Use a scrap piece of wood, use a book. Whatever. Just find something!

Slide the guide along as you nail in your trim, helping you to keep the trim the same height above the old baseboards. Place a nail roughly every 16-inches. If your wood splits, you may have to pre-drill holes. Luckily, only tiny 1-inch pieces split for me so I just attached those to the wall with wood glue. Make sure to hit that nail good and hard so that the head of the nail sinks into the trim a little bit.

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

Keep going. Measuring and cutting and mitering away until you have all your trim installed. Now it is time to caulk up those plumber cracks. Just squeeze a little bead of caulk and then wipe and smooth and wipe and smooth with your finger and water. Don’t forget to caulk over those pesky nail holes.{Caulking tutorial date TBD}.

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

And because I’m a bad blogger, I didn’t take pictures of the pre-painted and post-caulked trim. Either way, you can see that all those cracks are gone. Then touch up the wall color paint down to top of the trim. Then paint in between the new trim and old baseboards as well as painting the old baseboards themselves. I highly recommend using painter’s tape. It will save you from going insane.

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

Magnifico! You did it! Not too hard at all!

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

Step back and take a look and how much better it looks! I think mine looks A LOT better just because the trim is actually white. But that little bit of height adds just a pop of drama and helps balance out the room and tall walls.

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

And for your viewing pleasure I made a little pinnable before and after picture! Who doesn’t like a good before and after??

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