How to build easy baseboards
There’s a little room downstairs with tall windows that I call my photo studio. It’s being revamped with fresh wall paint, funky pipe curtain rods and sheet curtains (see HERE) to come!
However, today I tackled some easy baseboards… which this room has never had.
I wanted something easy though, without purchasing expensive moulding wood or having to do fancy miter cuts… so here’s what I ended up doing. And it turned out fabulous!
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How to build easy baseboards
Choose stock lumber
I desired some floor baseboards but didn’t really want standard schmandard. So some simple chunky 1×4’s were sanded down with a palm sander.
Update: Need a new sander? I prefer a Bosch variable speed palm sander like THIS ONE.
Cut to fit
Each board was cut to the desired lengths, then each one was dry-fit along the floor to ensure they fit perfectly.
Love the simple and clean look already!
Straight cuts instead of miter cuts
Mitre cuts are a standard for baseboards, however I wanted to try something easier.
All the joins were left squared-off.
Tip: If you try this, don’t oversand the edges. Try and leave them as square as possible.
Check out that perfect fit under the heat register!
Love the look! I think it has a very nice clean modern farmhouse look that will be timeless for years to come.
And from a distance, you can’t even tell whether the join is miter or square anyway!
Paint with desired finish
Here you can paint as desired. If working on raw wood, it would be wise to prime, then paint.
However I desired a slightly different look this round. Instead of solid white, I desired some wood character to show through, but didn’t wish for the pine tone.
So I mixed some water and paint and white washed them instead. No primer needed!
A white-washed effect
Love the outcome! White-washing baseboards offers a little more interest to your woodwork so they don’t completely disappear, yet don’t completely take over. It’s a nice balance!
And with baseboards now complete…
Next up was to add some funky window treatments… which are now complete too!
Visit Pipe curtain rods with sheet curtains HERE
And another way to hang sheet curtains is below at:
Light and airy sheet curtains on pipe rods HERE
and How I painted the concrete floor white
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This photo studio revamp is really coming along! What do you think of the lighter and brighter improvements?
16 thoughts on “How to build easy baseboards”
wow…your room is going to be amazing!…lots of light!
I am a procrastinator…sometimes I don’t even have a vision of what I am going to do till the 12th hour!…they say that is common with creative types…and thats what I am going with!
Hope you sleep well!
I am so proud of your computer savvy self! I got all tangled up trying to do a link to MMS tonight….I really need help!
Have a great weekend….C
That room has amazing natural light…and I love the baseboards!!
Ohh the light in that room! It’s gonna be the best photo studio EVER! Great idea on the baseboards, love the simplicity! I’m photographing mine this morning since we’re supposed to have sunlight today lol
Busy bee!!! You had me in the mood for a complete overhaul of my craft room. Then reality kicked in. It’ll have to be small changes, if I can finish those……
i love love love this studio space already! it will be so bright and so fresh and so clean – i’m soooo jealous!
get back to work!
this is going to be one heck of a room…the curtain rods sound really neat!!! See ya at the party.
I know what you mean about “interruptions” and I don’t have nearly the projects you have. When I was younger, I had the energy and the money but no time. Now that I’m retired, I have the time but no money and no energy! LOL! But I’m making progress because people like you inspire me. I finally finished my kitchen counters after almost 2 weeks! LOL! Of course, I do lots of other things too but still…kitchen counters? But I am making progress and so are you…there used to be a t.v. ad, I think it was Dupont Chemical, that said.. “progress….our most important product”…that’s my motto! You go girl! YO\our studio looks great! I actually did baseboards like that in a room in my old farmhouse. I liked it and you’re right…easy peasy really! Congrats on your much deserved award too! And I don’t even LIKE pointsettias but I do now after what you did with them! Beautiful decor! Thanks for being here!
I am definitely borrowing your curtain rod idea! Its exactly what I’ve been trying to explain to my husband… now he will have a visual! Thanks!!
Can’t wait to see the finale!!!
I love the baseboards! We used the same idea in our rustic cottage.
I’ve done “cheater baseboards” too. Shhhh . . .
Can’t wait to see the pipe curtain rods completed and love that 5 panel door I spotted in one of the pics! Progress is being made. Looks great!
EEEEEEEEEkkkkkkkk!!! How did I miss this post…..Oh pooh I had to go to the grand daughter’s basketball game and didn’t get in until late. That’s what kind of baseboards I grew up with except a little wider. Nothing wrong with those girl, they work. Lookin’
Good!!! Congratulations on the win, you deserve it and it doesn’t surprise me.
Your decoration at Christmas sure deserved to be 1st place! Love it!
It is so nice to see the progress on your home and the pride you have in all your work.
Are you going to leave the metal vent hanging on the wall? Or are you going to surprise us in another post?!!
Congratulations on the win! I’m sure there will be more!
I just did this to my sons bedroom, but I used MDF instead!
Love your idea! My bedroom and bath are asian and i have the clawfoot tub in front of a gold and black bamboo wall. I wanted to trim that wall like a shoji screen. im PREtty creative but my ideas dont always look as good as in my imagination, so im thrilled to see your sleek baseboards! i can utilize different width wood pieces to paint gloss black and wow! ty for pinning! this particular design challnge had me up a few nights and now i can sleep. ?