When I bought my house four years ago, I had envisioned an entirely different layout than what the house had. I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I began knocking out the walls I needed to expand the kitchen and master bedroom. I was pretty good at knocking out the walls, but it was the steps after that that I did not get accomplished as quickly as I would have liked. I decided to hire a general contractor to help me finish the projects that I had started. You can learn about my journey of home improvement failures on my website, so you can avoid the same awful mistakes that I had made.
Changing your baseboard molding is a great home renovation project. It is a subtle but effective way to clean up the look of any room. Baseboard is important because it defines the line of your floor and separates your floor from your wall. When baseboard gets old or damaged, it can make your walls and floors look older. This article will explain how to replace molding on your own.
Removing the Old Baseboard
To remove the old baseboard you will need, a utility knife, two flathead screwdrivers and a hammer. First, cut away the caulk along the top and bottom edges of the molding. This will break the seal so you can hammer the flatheads behind the baseboard. Try to hammer near a stud so the flathead does not gouge the drywall. If there is a stud behind the drywall, you will have more prying power. You might need to pry both flatheads at the same time so the molding does not break.
Cutting the New Baseboard
The first thing to consider when choosing your new baseboard is making sure it is taller than your old baseboard. If the new baseboard is taller, it will cover the caulk and paint lines from the old baseboard.
To cut the baseboard you will want a compound chop saw. The blade of a compound saw can tilt on its axis. This means you can cut wood at different angles (usually up to 60-degrees). This is important because you will need to cut 45-degree angles at the corners of the walls. This allows the molding to line up so the decorative bevels are aligned. Set up the chop saw on a sturdy table. The job is easier if the table is in or near the room you are working in. This way you do not need to carry the long pieces of baseboard to make cuts. This will speed up the cutting, but you will want to mask off the room to protect from the sawdust that the chop saw will produce.
Nailing the Baseboard to the Wall
To attach the baseboard to the wall you will want a pneumatic nail gun. These guns leave behind a small hole that is nearly invisible. You might also want to use an adhesive caulk along the back edge of the baseboard to create a stronger seal. You will definitely want a waterproof caulk along the top and bottom edges of the molding. This creates a seal and protects the edges of the molding from chipping and denting. You might also need to fill the nail holes with caulk to make them invisible. Make sure the caulk dries to the same color as your molding. There is no point in filling the holes if they dry different and end up looking worse.
In the end, you will be surprised how different a room will look with new baseboard. It is an affordable but effective remodel that will update your style. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from DaCosta General Contracting & Design.Share