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First home refurbishing #2: What do do with the baseboards

Blog entry by Bill posted 07-14-2008 04:55 PM 7090 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, so I still have some painting to do on the master bedroom, as well as some touch ups elsewhere. But, my next challenge will be the baseboards. First, they will need to be replaced in several places. Then, they will all need repainted.

I have two challenges with the baseboards. First, the original baseboard installations used a small piece of baseboard to cover the rounded wall corners. Instead of using the rounded corner pieces, they used a small piece of baseboard that makes the corner flat. So, instead of joining the corners with a rounded piece, their is a small flat piece instead. Ok, so cutting a bunch of small pieces is an option, time consuming but can be done.

The downstairs baseboards have been removed before, probably to put in the tile flooring. When the baseboard was re-installed, they did not put the small pieces back on the corners. Instead, they simply cut the baseboard ends at 45 degrees and put them together. The problem is they did a bad job at matching up the ends. Some of the pieces are too long, so the edges do not match up nicely. For those who have built picture frames, you know what it looks like when your 45’s do not match on all sides because one side is longer than the other. Some of the ends were too long, and some too short. So, I need to re-do the baseboards. Since the upstairs has all the small pieces se in place, I will probably follow that model for the downstairs baseboards.

The second big challenge will be the baseboard for the stairs wall. The stairs are curved as they ascend. A nice touch, but hard to match on the baseboards. The wall is approximately 12 foot in length, and the total curve is about 90 degrees. Instead of using a long board and cutting it to length, they replaced it with a short piece about 4 foot long on the straight part of the wall, and an 8 foot piece for the curved section. The problem is when they replaced the 8 foot section of baseboard, they pushed it in too hard and cracked it in many places. It looked like the curved section was filled in with 5-6 small pieces instead of a single piece. So, I tore off that baseboard, and am now trying to figure out how I will replace it.

My plan is to use a single piece of baseboard. Hopefully I will be able to get it to curve like the wall, but without breaking. I may need to install it as a couple of pieces to get the right curve. But maybe a few kerfs on the back of the baseboard will allow it to flex enough and not break.

So far, the work has been straight forward. A lot of painting, but not difficult. The baseboards will be a challenge, but I should be able to overcome that easy enough. After that, cleaning the carpet, a little landscaping, and it will be ready to go.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com



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Dick, & Barb Cain

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posted 07-14-2008 05:55 PM

Did you ever cope the corners with a coping saw, you don’t need a perfect 45 angle.

It sounds like saw curfs are the way to go on the curve.

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posted 07-16-2008 05:19 PM

We are olmost finished with our house and we did just that, in the curved corners we cut 2 small pc’s and put them in place and worked with caulking to make it look nice. On your stair well, you might spend a little more money and buy flexible moulding. Good luck.

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wyly

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posted 07-18-2008 11:26 PM

I don’t know the profile of your baseboard but if it’s a common type you can buy round corners to match at home centers or lumber suppliers, even when it’s not an exact match I’ve been able to sand down the corners so they blend in with the base….the long curved stair, many kerfs will work …..or if you want to spend a few dollars a new base can be laminated in place to match the wall curve(a good curved stair company could easily do this)then shaped to match the existing base profile, a local milling shop hopefully will have the bits for the profile you need…

what I’d do…replace all the base in the house, switching from the standard 2 1/2-2 3/4 base to 5”base does wonders….

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MRTRIM

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posted 07-20-2008 12:07 AM

most base mld dont like being kerf cut depending on the material type . if you have problems with this shoot me a pm and ill try to help . i quite often have to deal with curved walls

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dennis

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posted 07-22-2008 05:04 AM

Well you should be done by now. How’d it turn out? Right you are done arn’t you….

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posted 07-22-2008 04:44 PM

No Dennis, painting is taking longer than I expected. I should be starting on the baseboards in a few days. At least the painting makes the place look better.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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dennis

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posted 07-22-2008 08:43 PM

LOL I know how that goes….

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posted 07-28-2008 04:31 PM

Hey they have a special bending stock that works great on curved stairs I have a white sheet some where around here I will look for it and try to send it to you or look up home bending molding or trim on the internet. I have used this in the past and it worked great. its a little pricey but you don’t have to trim the whole house you’ll be ok. cutting kerfs on them compound curves just don’t work I know from experience I have also resawed trim on a band saw and glued it and routed the edges this works great but is alot of work. good luck on your house
Joey
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posted 07-31-2008 06:30 PM

As an update, my real estate broker took at tour of the house and liked all the progress that I made so far. Her advice was to just paint the baseboards, and replace the one along the stairs. She said 90%+ of the people looking at the house will not even notice the baseboards. While the woodworker in me wants to fix them, the novice real estate side of me says it is a good idea. If they want, they can fix the baseboards themselves. So, the baseboards are painted, and I need to find that piece for the stairway.

With the rooms and baseboards painted, the next step will be cleaning. While this is one of my least favorite things, it should not be too bad. Most areas are repainted, so they are clean. Cleaning the cabinets and floors will take most of the time. Then the windows will need cleaned. A little landscaping and it should be ready to go.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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posted 08-08-2008 01:34 AM

Bill, if you’re going to sell this house, you got to go with what’s cheap and looks good. I had a beautiful old house in Maine that I worked on the 10 years we lived there. But when it was time to finish up the marathon remodeling that I was doing, I went with what fit in with the decor and was cheap and fast to do. I only had a couple of months to get a lot done, and I finished all the projects, they looked nice and the bank account was happy when it sold. Good luck with yours. Keep us posted.

-- Tim

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PaBull

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posted 08-21-2008 04:38 PM

How are you doing Bill, is the house listed, maybe sold, or are you still cleaning and pounding nails?

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Bill

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posted 08-21-2008 05:46 PM

Things are winding down here. I have a few minor spots left to paint, and some more clean up to do. I hope to get these completed in the next few weeks, and then list the house.

A few things I have learned so far -

- Kilz is a painter’s friend
- Murphy’s Oil Soap is a cleaner’s friend
- Everything takes longer than it should (or at least expected to)
-There is always one more item left to do than you remember, so use lists
-And sometimes the simple answer is the best one

Thanks for all of your support. I will have a better update soon.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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PaBull

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posted 08-22-2008 10:46 PM

It sounds like you made a lot of friends; Kilz, Murphy. And You learned to have patience in the process. So what is next?

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