Should I remove the baseboards and trim for built-ins?


Hi guys! I have an update to a tip post from two years ago where I demonstrated how to remove baseboards without damaging your walls or trim. Well that became my OLD way. Now I remove baseboard with the Trim Puller!

This post and giveaway is sponsored by Trim Puller.

Remove baseboards without damage

The OLD way requires the use of a whole handful of tools as you shimmy along the run of baseboard, pulling the baseboard away from the wall as you go. And by a whole handful I’m talking:

utility knife5 in 1 painters toolhammercrow bara block of wood

Remove Baseboard with the Trim Puller

Don’t get me wrong, that way works just fine. Using the Trim Puller just makes it WAY easier!

The trim puller has a sharp tapered edge doing away with the need for the 5 in 1 painters tool.It has a wedged center that helps push the baseboard away from the wallThe surface area that contacts the wall is waaay bigger than that on a crowbar or...
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We are getting quotes to refinish the hardwood floors in our home. One area that the quotes differ is that some contractors remove and reattach the baseboards and others say that we don't need to.

In theory, I can see that having the baseboards off would yield the best result. However, the baseboards are made of MDF, so they may not be in very good shape after being taken off and reattached. If there were fewer pieces, I would cut new ones and just replace them, but with 36 different pieces of baseboard, that's a significant time investment.

Searching the Internet, I find varying recommendations with regards to removing baseboards and refinishing floors. Could anyone inject some experience on the topic? If we don't remove them, how close to the baseboards could the floor be refinished and will there be a noticeable lip between the refinished and original sections?


The 1/4 round base trim should...

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I’m back to work on the bonus room makeover, and I couldn’t be happier with the results of the project.

I had to prep the back wall for a little something special. And it required removing the baseboards. I saved them to re-install afterwards.


Utility knifeThin pry barHammerCoping sawUniversal hand sawHammer (or finish nailer)Finish nailsPliersScrap of wood

Instructions to Remove the Baseboards Cleanly:

Start by running the utility knife along the top edge of the baseboards to score the caulk.

Slip the pry bar behind the baseboard (this thin pry bar is invaluable for so many tasks! If you don’t own one, buy one immediately.)

Once the baseboard nails are out of the wall, gently pull up the baseboards from the corners.

To easily remember which baseboard goes where, label the wall and the back of the baseboard. I like to start with “A” and continue down the alphabet as I move clockwise around...

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I have this function (TRIM_REPLACE) that gets spaces from both the right and the left of a string. However, I am trying to modify it so that it trims in the middle also but I would rather combine the function than to do it separately.

Example: Let's say I have a name

Input -------------------------- PeterGriffin

indicate one blank space in the above input.

I would like to trim the additional space in the so that it looks like this:

Output -------------------------- PeterGriffin

As you can see that the multiple spaces are replaced with a single space.


How do I accomplish...

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Q. I have lots of built-in furniture in my apartment. Should I remove it before listing my home for sale?

A. It’s hard to determine the value of built-in furniture, said George Case, a real estate salesman at Citi Habitats in Manhattan, because what suits you may not work nearly as well for someone else.

“So many times, I’ve seen people create spaces that are so specific to them,” Mr. Case said. Having an expanse of built-in furniture custom designed to cater to your every need is wonderful, until it’s time to sell. Then you may find that potential buyers really can’t see themselves living there, Mr. Case said, because there’s no room left to make the space their own.

He recently listed a studio apartment in Gramercy Park, with “a Murphy bed, built-in side tables, a breakfast bar and...

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Ick. It is alot of work. You can actually do some damage to the walls and wood by removing them, first. The best thing to do is to use painter's tape over the bottom edge of the wall right over the baseboards for a clean paint job. My father did this with perfect results, as a professional would have. He also sanded the old baseboards before he applied the new paint. To get perfection, if you're changing your carpet, do the painting after the old carpet is removed and before you install the new. This way, you her even the areas of the baseboards that the carpet covers a bit. If you're not replacing the carpet, protect it with the drops. After the first coat of the baseboards is done, you can take a smaller brush and catch the area behind the carpet. (Pull it forward to get to the wood.) If there is any paint droplets on the carpet edges it's very easy to trim them off with scissors. Very cheap, easy and effective. Have fun and good luck!

Source(s): Parents redid...

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Well I'm thrilled because a project I've been itching to start for years now has finally started!! Our loft is a great big space that has always felt underutilized to me. I really hate not using rooms to their full potential (even if my way is

not how they're supposed to be used


When we knocked down a wall in our family room a few years ago I lost my office, which really hasn't been a big deal. I don't mind it (I blog from a comfy chair most days) but I would like to have a central location for all things office, crafts and wrapping. This room will be a space for all of those -- plus some.

My hope is it will be a fun work space for me when I need to "get away," for our boy to work on projects or homework, a craft area, wrapping station and we'll also have a sofa up here so we can just relax if we want. It will be a much more girly space though and I'm super excited about that!

Here's how this view looked about a year ago:

This room is...

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How To Remove Baseboards, Molding & Trim

Most moulding is held in place with nails and occasionally with adhesive. Molding can be removed and then reinstalled, but if it has split or been dented, while taking it off, you may end up having to replace it. Removing wood moulding isn't difficult, but care must be taken to avoid damaging it, the wall or other surfaces. Some moulding is not very expensive, but finding an exact match may be difficult and the labor to refinish, cut and reinstall new moulding can add a lot of time to a project. That is time that could have been saved if the old moulding had been carefully removed.

Start by cutting through any caulking and paint where the moulding touches the wall or other surface. Ordinarily, it is not possible to extract the individual nails, so the entire piece is pryed up and the nails come out with it or pull through the wood and remain in the surface to which the moulding is applied. The key is to...

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Baseboards may not be the most expensive thing to buy in the molding department, but if you’re doing a renovation and are able to save the pieces you remove from the wall intact, your savings can really add up. Here are just a few of my tips for salvaging old baseboards:

Removing baseboards

*note: the steps in this section were done while I was in class (which is nicer than coming home after class and still having to do it – thanks Dad!), so I don’t have pictures to show. The next time I have to remove them, I’ll take these and update the post.

1. If it is difficult to distinguish where the wall ends and the baseboard begins, this usually means that there is caulk in the seam. This usually makes things look better than leaving a small gap where the wall and baseboard meet. In my case, there was no caulk, so this step was skipped. If there is, cut the old caulk where the baseboard meets the wall. Be sure to slice downward (between the wall and board) so you...

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Our house is a three bedroom, two large bedrooms and one smaller. The smaller is of course the best choice for either an office or nursery. We wanted to plan for an office now, and if we ever needed it down the road, an easy transition to a nursery.

Office Before (sorry about erroneous bookshelf in the way!)

The space is 10.5'x8', has a single closet and a skylight. We wanted to build in some storage, as we have a ton of books and decorative pieces that don't really fit into our open concept main floor. After researching our options, (and doing a lot of Pinterest-ing) we decided to build a wall of Ikea Billy bookcases.

We already owned a black full size Billy, and originally were just going to purchase more of these. However, we learned that we had bought the "cheap" black one (not the black/brown wood grain one) and there were NO matching pieces to go along with it. So, we either had to throw out our current Billy and start new, or re-use the black one...

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In most design magazines these days you see beautiful white shiny trim, doors, and molding. It’s pretty much the standard for crown, baseboard, windows, and the like. White framed walls, floors and windows are bright, beautiful, not to mention crisp, clean and simple. And I love them.

In my old house all of our trim is original wood and I’ll never paint it. Here’s why.

First, our house was built in 1900. While we’re not sure what month, that makes our abode almost 114 years old. Houses of this age are hard to come by {or nonexistent} in many cities and have unique features and characteristics that are not found in new builds. For this reason, and in all our projects, we maintain the integrity of our old house. Wood trim, quirks, plaster, and all.

Second, we’ll never paint it because it looks like this. These are various pictures in the front foyer over the years, seasons and holidays.

And this. These photos are in the...

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Painting wood always draws up strong feelings on both sides. A lot of people are all for it. Some are hesitant in most cases, but willing to make exceptions. Then there is a school of people that thinks it is a sin to paint wood. Take this comment from Jess on my last post:

The natural wood trim is so fantastic and really adds to the value of the house. Painted wood trim, no matter how much you agonize over the color and paint it perfectly, is just never as special as the original wood. It’s really interesting to me that Nicole feels that the dining room set is too beautiful as natural wood to be painted, but doesn’t feel the same way about the delicious natural wood trim in the room.

Or Sara, who said “I would kill to have your hutch in that condition.” I know, Sara, but let me show you the truth. Is this the condition you thought it was in?

I understand why people don’t like to paint wood. Let’s contrast the wood grain of the trim with that of my...

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When we bought our house, the seller told us that all the trim in the house and the bathroom walls were painted with oil based paint, and warned us not to paint over this with latex based paint (we didn’t know why, but more on that in a minute). This tidbit of info sounded a little ominous, but we filed it away in our “deal with it later” mental notes.

A few months after buying the house, we began working on our built-in bookcase renovation. As we picked new (latex based) paint samples, we realized that the bookcase’s original paint was the same semi-gloss almond-color enamel as the trim around all the windows. In other words … oil paint. So, what we thought would be a quick weekend priming-and-painting project turned out to be much more...

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