One of my favorite things about home renovations is finally seeing all the little projects come to completion. Like installing the last piece of trim. Installing baseboards can be tricky and sometimes feel like putting together a puzzle. But there are a few tricks we have learned from adding pine trim throughout our house that I would like to share with you. If you are wondering how to install pine trim then I hope this will help you.
sand, paint, stain, prepare
Preparing the baseboards before installing is a must! It makes painting 100 times easier and no need to tape everything off. We lightly sanded the boards then added a natural stain to the fronts, backs, and sides of boards to protect them.
After applying paint or stain and allowing dry time, you can now start cutting and nailing them on the wall.
The first thing that will make your trim look more professional is getting your cuts right. There are a handful of different ways to do cuts around doors and corners. Choose whatever way you like best. In our home we have a lot of round corners so it was a little tricky for us to figure out the best way to cut our trim to fit around the corners. Instead of doing angle cuts around the doors we decided to go for the square flat edge look.
My husband cut 2 small pieces, 22.5 degree angle on both to equal a 45 degree cut. To go on the round corners in our home around the archways. Measurements will differ from room to room. These measurements were for our home.
Use the longest trim boards available to you on large walls to reduce the number of joints. And if possible, join your boards in less visible spots of the room.
Adding trim to the walls
To attach the trim to the walls we used 18 gauge brad nails, a brad nail gun, and an air compressor. After all the trim is added to the walls, you can go back through and fill the holes with wood filler.
caulk the gaps
Now it’s time for the most important step – fill in all the seams and gaps with caulk. Most homes won’t have perfectly straight walls so you’re bound to see gaps along the wall, trim, and floor. This is the reality of working with imperfect homes. The best way to eliminate those gaps is with paintable caulking.
Using a caulk gun, squeeze a small amount over the length of your gap and use your finger to wipe it smooth.
a couple before and after pictures:
There you have it, that is how to install pine trim. We are so excited to have the trim in our home almost done. There are just a couple more rooms that need baseboards now. It is such a good feeling to accomplish the small and time consuming projects.