I mean I guess it is nice that I have base moldings at all, it is just a bummer that I can’t see them from way up here! I know I’m tall, but didn’t realize I was that tall. I do have good eyesight… so, I should be able to see the things…
Well, the bathroom was no exception, it too had the dinky, tiny, can’t even see ’em base moldings and we just didn’t want to fork out the cash $1.50-2.00 a linear foot for new meatier moldings. Besides, I just knew that when I got used to seeing real base moldings in there, I would want to do it everywhere, and my bank account was getting weak in the knees just thinking about that!
Enter a cheap solution!!! DING! DING! DING! My aha moment, “What if we gave our moldings a little lift, like high heels for base moldings?” And the best news, I am about to tell you how…
1. Remove all offensively small moldings, and tell them that they need to shape up! But remove them carefully, as you will be reusing these. If they have been caulked to the wall and or floor, cut the caulk with a box cutter. Then get your crowbar behind the molding and slowly pry it off the wall.
2. Clean them up. With a small chisel or 1 1/2″- putty knife, remove any caulk. Lightly sand the moldings, and wash them off, so that they are not gunky and yucky. Make sure they are completely dry before moving to step 3
3. This is where some tools may be required. This can be done in two ways, I am sorry to say, but the more tools you have the cheaper this is. I will explain the basic tools first.
Purchase a 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ or wider MDF board in the length you need to span the room.
(it is the plain square pre-primed boards, Home Depot has them for $3.82 for an 8′ ft long board here)
a hand saw
nails and hammer
(move to step 4.)
Purchase a 1/2″ x 6 ” MDF pre primed board ( in a little more than half the linear feet you need)
**the difference with the advanced is that you will rip the 6″ molding in half, so that there are 2 -3″ wide pieces. Or, if you have a lot to do buy a 4′ x 8′ x 1/2″ sheet MDF and cut it into 3″ + strips, the if you can route a round top edge (to look like mdf below, this step can sanded down by hand) if using a 4′ x 8′ sheet, the great part is this can be as cheap as .20 cents a linear foot.
4. Now, once you both have your long strips of MDF and your molding, you are going to glue them together, with the little molding on top, see image below:
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