Perhaps not my most spectacular post

Greetings! Fear not my fellow renovators and spectators, my infrequent posts are not a sign that I am growing weary of this nearly 10 year renovation marathon. No, indeed I’m more energized than ever to complete this adventure in my lifetime. The problem is, I have nothing wow-worthy to show you. Take this post for instance. I suggest you get comfortable, grab a beverage of your choice and be prepared for a incredibly entertaining post about…

~ Baseboards ~

Yep, the baseboard. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was that my next project on the list was putting in new baseboards after the floors were installed. I’m using 1X flat stock of poplar, 10 feet long. This is a simple squared off design, so no coping the corners, no this should be a simple install 1-2-3 done! But are we forgetting something? Anything? Well, yes – this is no mere baseboard – this is part of our ongoing art project. Add a little OCD in there and this easy project become a little more complicated.

First we size up some boards and give them a coat of primer and a couple of finish coats. It’s a lot easier to finish them on the sawhorses than on my creaky old knees.

Second, we bevel the bottom at an angle so that the base comes to a point at the front. This will make removing any wood easier.

After we cut them to size, it’s time to scribe the base. Having done this many times. I just use a pencil and position my hand to make the marks.

If you’re a little unsteady in the hand department, you can also use a scribe tool like this.

Scribing the base will show the high spots in the floor in relation to the base, so to remove the extra material, we get out a sander and sand to the line.

Now that we have the pieces scribed to the floor, we make a mark for the scarf joints on the walls that are longer than 10 feet – which is most of them.

Once we get them cut to the right length, we glue and nail the scarf joints together. The joint is cut to land on a wall stud for extra strength.

I use trim head screws to attach the baseboard to the wall through the wall studs for a tight fit. I use Ready Patch to fill the holes. I really like this stuff, but buy the smallest can you can, because it will rust in the can. That’s three ‘cans’ in the same sentence – impressive.

Everything goes slower now that the floors are partially finished. I use a drywall knife on the floor to make sure my disc sander doesn’t have an accidental meeting with the floor.

Once the scarf joint is sanded it is primed and given a couple coats of paint.

So after several hours crawling around on the floor like a worm, we get to see the fruits of our labor. We still have filling and sanding to do. Now no one will see this unless they drink too much or I fall asleep while renovating this place – but then my OCD can take a break.

While I was wrestling with the baseboard, these two guys showed up.

And delivered my new gas range to my imaginary kitchen – boy, I can almost smell the bacon now.

And once the baseboards were in I started to fiddle with the TV lift and connections. I’ve bolted on a 32″ TV to work out the bugs before I put the 55″ one in that belongs there.

So there you have it – another fascinating glimpse into theย  MisAdventures world of Remodeling.

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy weekend!



12 thoughts on “Perhaps not my most spectacular post

  1. I knew installing base had to be more complicated than I expected! I like your technique of drawing the pencil line to show irregularities in the floor (the absolutely gorgeous floor!).

    • Thanks D’Arcy! It needn’t be complicated, but I seem to make everything that way. The pros scribe floors a little differently by lifting the base off the floor a 1/2″ or so and then scribe, but I’m too old to get up and down that much to find the blocks, so this is a lazy man’s way.

  2. Hello Curt! I will be trying to source that MH ready patch as I am in the process of building in a work space in my new studio. (Hubby helped me when I was gone for two weeks this summer and used giant deck screws through the face of my framing for the table along the wall. It looks as bad as it sounds). ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I hope this patch works as great for me as it has for you! I did the same simple baseboard in our mud room 5 years back. I love the look! Unfortunately, I did not know all the simple tricks that you have shown us here. Ah, well, if I ever decide I need to do baseboards again I will employ these tips! Your work is stunning as always.

    • Hi Lynda! Ready Patch works pretty well for smaller holes, might need several coats for those big ones. You could also get some small screw caps and cover them – but they would have to be fairly uniform. As for the baseboards – really, who would even care – except for those of us with a touch of OCD – or should that be BCS? (Baseboard Crack Syndrome) Hope all is well!

      • Uniformity was not the order of the day when He put those in. I think the openings are about 1/4 inch across and most not too deep. I will buy the smallest can available and try it on an inconspicuous place. A friend informed me years ago that it is CDO. But I like BCS too. LOL! I did know how to hide the vertical seams, but not how to make the floor contact seam disappear. In our old house I don’t think anyone would notice anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And yes, all is well, thank you.

      • I remember Bondo. Ha, my dad used to repair cars with that stuff. Might be OK since I intend to paint it after it is sanded down. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Curt. In South Africa we call baseboards ‘skirting boards.’ Why, I don’t know. But I wish someone had taken half as much trouble installing them in my house as you’ve taken in yours. It’s looking great.

    • Hi Jacqui! Your home renovation looks to be progressing nicely! It’s always the case when projects need more time than the contractor is willing to part with. The plus when doing it yourself is that you can get exactly what you want – the downside being it takes time.

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