Although a seemingly small detail, the baseboard trim has another purpose besides covering the joint area between floors and walls. Namely, it keeps the paint fresh for as long as possible by preventing the vacuum cleaner from constantly hitting the lower part of the wall. On top of that, the baseboard trim elevates the aesthetic appeal of any house.
Installing baseboard trim may seem relatively easy. However, it requires particular tools and steps to ensure the end result is a gorgeous baseboard. Read this article to find out how to install baseboard trim like a pro.
Get the Right Tools
The first step with any DIY project is to have the proper equipment. To install the baseboard trim, you need to have a mitre saw, tape measure, a pencil, wood glue, nail gun, safety gear, a piece of paper, a protractor, spackling paste, caulk, and, of course, primed baseboard. Remember to get additional trim to give yourself room for mistakes. Around 20% extra will be sufficient.
Measure and Write
The key to having gorgeous baseboard trims is measuring the walls correctly. Grab a tape measure and make sure it’s pressed to the end of one wall. Hold the tape against the wall and bring it to the opposite corner. After measuring each wall, remember to write the measurements on a piece of paper. When you have them right in front of you, cutting the trim will be easier.
Use a protractor to measure angles and determine whether the room has perfect 90-degree corners or if they’re slightly uneven. Doing so will help you make precise cuts and mitre the corners.
Cut the Baseboard
Once you’ve got all the measurements, it’s time to use the mitre saw and cut the trim. Before you even start cutting, put on the protective gear to avoid any accidents.
Next, mark the trim where you’re supposed to make cuts and the direction of angles to know how to position the mitre saw.
Grab one trim and position the blade of the mitre saw right at the edge of the mark. Once you’re sure you’ve got it right, cut the trim. Be extra careful and make sure your fingers and arms aren’t close to the blade.
Glue the Baseboard
Some people don’t glue the baseboard, only nail it. But gluing is an additional step to keep the baseboard in place. Before gluing, place the baseboard trim you’ve cut at the wall to make sure all pieces fit snuggly. Then, apply glue to the back of the baseboard and affix it to the wall carefully. Do the same with the other pieces.
Nail the Baseboard
Hand-nailing the baseboard trim is possible, but it’ll take much longer, and the result may not be the best. That’s why a nail gun is recommended. The great news is you don’t have to buy this tool. Nowadays, many businesses rent them, so you can get one for this project.
Nail the baseboard along the base and at the studs. Remember that it’s better to nail at a slight angle.
Fill the Nail Holes
The visible holes and nails may look unsightly. To counter this, you can use the spackling paste to cover the nails. When it dries, it will look white. If needed, you might have to sand the baseboard trim to make it crisp.
Caulk for Perfection
No matter how well you measure, some trims might not look perfect. But don’t worry, caulk will help you out here. Use it along the upper part of the trim and anywhere where small gaps are visible. With caulk as a finishing touch, everybody will think that the professionals installed the baseboard trim.
Paint the Baseboard
Now that you know how to install the baseboard trim, it’s time to paint it. Choose the colour to match the decor and clean up any mess after finishing.
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