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.