Big, Beautiful Baseboards – on a Budget!

ha!  I love that title.

One thing that I’ve always loved about old houses is the millwork.  Especially the generous baseboards.


Our first house was a frame 3-story that was over 100 years old.  (That’s actually another thing I love about old houses.  Those magical, loaded with awesome angles, nooks, and crannies, 3rd floors!  sigh.)  It was small and simple, but it had awesome mouldings throughout the house.

Our current house was built in the 40s, and like a lot of mid-century homes in this area, the mouldings are very simple.  The original baseboard was essentially a 1 x 4.

With so many projects on the to-do list, the expense of replacing the baseboards with a chunkier version was not even considered.

And then I discovered this at Home Depot…

It’s casing – normally used around doors or windows.  Also the perfect width to sit along the top of my plain baseboard.  The best part – it’s price!  All of our rooms could be upgraded for less than $50 each.

It’s made of dense foam, and cuts very easily.  Kevin did all of the cuts with a miter box and hand saw.  No fancy power saw required!  He recently updated our entry, and it took only a couple of hours to cut and install the boards.  (He also added quarter-round to the bottom.)

Once the boards are caulked and painted, it’s very hard to tell that it’s not one, tall piece of wood baseboard.

I love the way it puts the finishing touch on the room.

Super cheap, and super easy!  My kind of project.

Much love,


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  1. That is one of the most awesomest DIY projects I’ve ever seen. I love the chunkier baseboards as well, so I can understand why you updated yours. It’s just amazing how well they turned out!


  2. Deanna Hazley says:

    Brenda your baseboards look great. Sounds so simple to do and it makes a huge change to your room.

  3. I love that! What a great idea! They look fantastic!

  4. Heavy baseboards and crown molding are one of my favorite things. It’s amazing the difference the added pieces made in your entry. I may have to talk Mike into giving this a try! Thanks for the great idea, Brenda!

  5. What a great way to chunk the baseboards up! And bonus…I love that metal shelving image you linked to!

  6. Brilliant and beautiful!

  7. That looks great- REALLY great- xo Diana

  8. What a difference! This is a great thrifty idea for big impact! Happy New Year!

  9. Fabulous! Great advice! It really does make a difference and looks amazing in your entryway….as if it was always there!

  10. Looks great! I love chunky baseboards, too!

  11. i love it when a brilliant idea like this one is also do-able since it’s from home depot!

    so happy to find your sweet blog via tuesday’s treasures!

    when you have a moment, we’d love to have you stop by to say hi!

    smiles to you.

    hello lovely inc.

  12. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    That’s an awesome update! Molding makes such a difference and you found a thrifty way to get a high end look!

  13. It’s all about the architecture – and this really makes a huge difference! Great idea – and looks amazing!

  14. Wow! How creative! This is just what I needed to find today. We moved into our townhome 1 year ago and slowly working on home improvement projects. Baseboards up the staircase and throughout the hallway were battered and beaten, Some wood putty and a lot of sanding and a good coat of gel flow paint helped but they needed something else. Your solution is PERFECT! I got a home depot gift card for Christmas and now I have the project to put it to good use. Thank you so much!

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