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  1. Kathy Huegele says:

    Have you by any chance discovered what the shiny weird paint is that was used to paint Tim & doors in 80’s builders homes? It looks like it will be difficult to paint over…like it is not actually a paint but a sealed weird finish and horrible beige color? Hoping you have suggestions!

    1. We’ve had pretty high gloss paint on the trim in our older homes as well! It certainly would help to sand it down a bit before painting over it, but I’ve also had okay luck just painting directly over it – it just requires an extra coat, usually.

  2. Couldn’t have found the article at a better time! I’m putting moulding up around a 1×2 bench leg in my mudroom. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to determine where to make the other 45 degree cut. I either get the piece too short, or it’s upside-down. I’m a little (too) independent and want to do this WITHOUT my husband’s help. Can YOU help me?

    1. Hey, Heather! It can be so tricky to figure out those angles! The general rule of thumb is that you’ll flip the board so that you’re working from the opposite direction to make the appropriate cut (alternatively, you could re-angle the miter saw to face 45-degrees in the OTHER way). What I generally do when I’m struggling is practice with some scrap wood until I get the angles right, then I save those pieces and label them so that if I start to struggle again and I can put that scrap piece back on the saw and remind myself of how the board needs to sit.

      As for the board being too short, the biggest thing to remember is that you always measure and cut from the BACK of the board – that’s the part that will be touching the wall! So, for outside corners, the back should end up being shorter than the front, and for inside corners the back will be longer.

      Hope that helps a bit!

  3. Well, nice try. Internal corners should be scribed to fit, not cut at 45deg as they will always open up and look like a beginner has done it…

    1. Thanks for your comment! As I stated in the post, I am a beginner (and this blog is geared towards beginners), so I generally stick with beginner-level strategies. I’m pretty pleased with how ours have turned out, and I haven’t had a single guest comment that our baseboards look as if a beginner installed them, so I think my strategy worked okay. 🙂

    2. Agreed. Cope your inside corners. It’s a tighter joint, looks better. Also, caulk trim, spackle nail holes. Caulk in a nail hole will shrink and the nail hole will still be visible when painted over.

  4. What a great tutorial. I hired it out but had I seen this I may have tried it myself.

    1. It’s definitely not as hard as you might think!

  5. Great post! Great job! I am with you, let’s let someone else do it. Lol. Pinned! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!