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Installing Shoe Moulding Instructions

  • Installing Shoe Molding

    Shoe molding helps add aesthetic dimension to a baseboard. It generally comes in two shapes, shoe molding, which is more oval shaped or quarter round. Because it juts out from the baseboard, it helps protect baseboards from vacuums and other things that move around at floor level. Over time, base molding can get nicked up, particularly if it is painted. In this tutorial we will show you how to easily replace old and worn base molding with new material that matches your floor.

  • Overview

    This project involves first removing the existing base molding. Then we will cover four techniques for different cuts that you will need to make – end of run; mid-run joints; outside corners and inside corners. Using these techniques, you will then proceed to the actual installation of the new base moldings.

  • Remove Old Mouding

    To remove the existing base moulding, start by using a utility knife to cut paint between the base moulding and baseboard. This will prevent paint from chipping off the baseboard as the molding is removed. Use a stiff putty knife to pull the base moulding away from the baseboard. Once you start to work the molding loose, use a small flat pry bar to finish pulling it completely out. Remove all nails. Before installing the new new material, you may want to take this opportunity to paint the baseboards. It is easier to finish the new material before you install it. Apply stain and finish that will match the floor in your room. After the installation, you can easily fill in the nail holes and touch up the cuts you made.

  • End of Run

    We will cover four basic techniques that you will make to install base molding. At an end of run, cut a 45 degree miter that ends at the same point as the baseboard.

  • Mid-run Joint

    For longer runs that require two pieces to meet, don’t use 90 degree butt joints. Instead, cut two 45 degree angles on the joining pieces. Now if the wood contracts over time, it will not expose an obvious gap in the joint.

  • Outside Corner

    An outside corner is simply two 45 degree cuts that meet at the corner. If the corner is not exactly 90 degrees, split the difference when making the two cuts. This should help prevent gaps.

  • Inside Corner

    An inside corner is the trickiest cut you will need to make. Run the first piece all the way into the corner to the opposite baseboard. Cut a 45 degree miter on the next piece. Using a coping saw, cut out the back portion of the miter. Use the curved segment of the miter as the guide for this cut. The result should be a curved cut that slides over the opposite corner piece.

  • Finish Up

    Using the four techniques we just covered, start installing the base molding in one corner of the room and then work your way around. Drill pilot holes for the nails to avoid splitting the wood. Angle the holes so that you will be nailing into the baseboard. Use a nail set to sink the nail heads into the wood. To finish off the project, fill the nail holes and touch up the exposed ends of raw wood.


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