Learn how to install baseboard to match your trim once the walls are painted.
Baseboard covers gaps where the floor and the walls come together. It also protects the wall from errant vacuum cleaners, feet, and furniture. Aesthetically it eases the transition from vertical to horizontal, adding visual appeal to both the wall and floor. Choose baseboard that complements the rest of the trim.
Install baseboard after the walls are painted, hard flooring is installed, door casings are attached, and any built-in cabinetry is in place. If the room is to be carpeted later, use a wider baseboard or elevate the baseboard with blocks.
If the baseboard will be painted a color different from the walls or will meet a finished floor, prime and paint the baseboard before installing it. Painting or finishing baseboards and shoe before installation also minimizes tiresome time on your knees painting. After installing the baseboard and shoe, fill the nail holes and apply your final coat of finish.
It's always a great idea to paint the walls before you install moldings. Painting walls is faster and easier without having to cut in around the woodwork.
About 1-1/2 hours for a room with four walls (including a doorway)
Tape measure, miter saw or miter box, hammer, nail set, coping saw, block plane, utility knife
Measuring and laying out, cutting pieces to length, coping joints, cutting miters
Walls should be finished and painted, door casings in place
Baseboard molding, 8d finishing nails