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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!
The process is really quite simple. Here’s what you’ll need:
trim molding from the home improvement store
white latex paint
Here’s what my basic baseboards looked like at the beginning.
And here’s the view on another wall! It’s fine, but nothing spectacular!
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.
This is how I’ll be positioning the molding on the wall.
Use a level to help ensure that your molding is installed level and even. Use the finish nails to secure the molding in place.
Here’s the view of an outside corner.
And here’s the view of an inside corner that was done pretty accurately.
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!
Caulk along the top edge of the trim molding.
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.
This was a fun project that was pretty easy to accomplish!
I think it looks so much better!
Here are a few Before & After shots!