Finishing The Baseboard Trim

We showed the finished and cleaned over-sized floor tiles in our previous article within this floor tile home renovation project series.

Today, we need to return to deal with the baseboard trim.

The one part which the contractors were not willing to do was to paint the baseboard trim once they installed the new floor tile.

We had two options, either have them:

  • Install quarter round trim against the existing wood baseboard trim once the new floor tile had been laid and grouted,or
  • Remove the existing baseboard trim, install the new floor tile and grout, reinstall the old baseboard trim.

We chose the latter. Using quarter round trim against existing baseboard trim is a faster way to go and would cost a little less, but in the end the new floor does not really truly look finished. And everyone would know we took the easy way out! icon smile Finishing The Baseboard Trim

So, this is the condition of the existing baseboard trim after they reinstalled it.

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As you can see whether it was in the front hall, the laundry room or a closet, many parts of the baseboard trim had the paint cracked or chipped.

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So, it was my task to re-paint them.

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The first thing I did was to sand the paint around any cracks or chips as shown for the trim beside the front door in the above picture.

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Once done, then I applied left over primer on the now bare patches of wood trim. Sure, it still looks a little rough.

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See this completely bare wood trim under the laundry room sink cabinet in the above picture? There was previously no trim there at all.

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So of course I completely primed it.

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After about 5 hours to let the primer sufficiently dry, I then proceeded to use 3 year old paint left over from the major home renovation we did, well, three years ago.

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This was the same paint we originally used to paint the doors and the trim.

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And, while painting is one of my very least favourite home maintenance tasks, I think it came out OK.

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As we look through this set of pictures taken after I applied the trim paint, I think they look pretty good.

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Even the newly installed trim at the bottom of the laundry room sink cabinet looks pretty nice, don’t you think?

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So, this task was all mine to do. Sure, it is not hard. The hardest part for me was to not get any white paint on our new dark grey floor tiles!

So, is that it for this floor tiling home renovation project? Nope. There is one more task left.

Select this link to continue with this series and learn where and why exterior caulking was applied on top of the floor tile grout.

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