Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget! - Engineer Mommy
Apr 172016
 

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When it comes to easy DIY home upgrades, nothing makes quite as impressive of an impact as this project I’m about to share with you here today. When you add affordable trim a few inches above your builder-grade baseboards and then paint in between, you can get a very high-end look for less!

Did you know that purchasing a 5-7 inch baseboard from the home improvement store can get very expensive very quickly? However, with this little trick, you can get the look for less! Simply buy basic trim molding and install that approximately 3 inches above your basic baseboards. Caulk and paint the whole thing white for a lovely, chunky baseboard look – on a budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

The process is really quite simple. Here’s what you’ll need:
Supplies:
trim molding from the home improvement store
miter box
saw
finish nails
hammer
paintable caulk
white latex paint
paint brushes
level
measuring tape

Here’s what my basic baseboards looked like at the beginning.

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


And here’s the view on another wall! It’s fine, but nothing spectacular!
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


Using the measuring tape, cut lengths of the trim molding to size. Use the miter box to cut inside and outside corners. As you cut the pieces, place them on the floor along the wall.
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


This is how I’ll be positioning the molding on the wall.
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


Use a level to help ensure that your molding is installed level and even. Use the finish nails to secure the molding in place.
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


Here’s the view of an outside corner.
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


And here’s the view of an inside corner that was done pretty accurately.
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


And let’s keep it real for a second! Here’s the view of an inside corner that’s not perfect! But it’s nothing that a little caulk won’t fix! :)
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


Caulk along the top edge of the trim molding.
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


Wait for the caulk to fully dry and then paint the whole thing white- from the top of your trim all the way down to the bottom of the original baseboards.
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


This was a fun project that was pretty easy to accomplish!
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


I think it looks so much better!
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


Here are a few Before & After shots!
Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!

Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!


Happy Remodeling!







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 April 17, 2016  Posted by

3 Responses to “Sprucing up the Baseboards- on a Budget!”

  1. Wow-what a big difference! This looks great, I love this idea! It is now on my list of things to do over the Sumer!

  2. So easy from the looks of it, and so pretty when done, have made a note to do in my place, my baseboards are a diaster. this place needs all the help it can get and being on a low budget will definately help.

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