Installing Baseboards in the Nursery

April 7, 2014

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Are we behind on the nursery? Ha! With Greta, we had her nursery ready with 2 months to spare. We’re down to a week over here and we still haven’t put the crib back together since moving our furniture back up last week. We’re buckling down this week to get it done hopefully before she arrives.

First on our to-do list, before we could get to more fun things, was installing baseboards. When we tore out all of the floors, the teeny 2 3/4″-3″ (varying from room to room) baseboards throughout the first floor went with them. Although we plan on tackling this project a little at a time on the main floor, we knew we wanted to install them in the nursery before our kitten gets here.


In our opinion, our standard height 8′ ceilings wouldn’t accommodate really tall baseboards that we’re generally drawn to, so we went to Home Depot looking for something in the mid-height range that was both traditional and modern–the style we’re going for around here. We found this great 4.5″ option that had an extended straight base (the modern) but some nice curves up top–I’m butchering any baseboard jargon, sorry!–(the traditional). For $1.78/ft we were sold.


I gave all the pre-primed baseboards a coat of white semi-gloss paint (off the shelf Clark+Kensington Designer White) and once the paint was dry, we carefully measured each wall section and Chris made the appropriate cuts with our miter saw.



To be honest, attaching the baseboards with our finish nailer took the longest because our nailer is the worst. It constantly pops open or shoots blanks, which irritates Chris to no end–all of which slowed down the process. Needless to say, we’re in the market for a new one before we tackle the baseboards elsewhere on the main floor. Besides the unreliable nail gun, the process is straight forward. Locate the stud, drive the nail through and then I take over filling in the nail holes with spackle (this is my favorite because it doesn’t require sanding, doesn’t shrink or crack and dries really fast) and caulking the corners and tops for a seamless look.



Which is weirdly addicting for me and highly satisfying. It’s the cherry on top. While touching up my paint job on the baseboards, I also finally painted the window and door trim with the same semi-gloss white paint.

In 2 hours, we went from this:


To a fresh “after”:



Now we’re absolutely itching to get the baseboards in everywhere else–it finished the new floors beautifully!!–but, we have a nursery to finish first and foremost. Although, when you see where we started:



I feel a little better about our progress and how far we’ve come.


UPDATE: This post was written Sunday evening. Monday morning, at about 3:00, Jules went into labor and as of this writing (5:40am Mountain time) we are in the hospital getting ready to have a baby. Holy crap… – Chris

What do you think?

  1. […] The last project we did before having Faye was installing baseboards in her room. In fact, we are pretty certain that was a factor in Faye’s early arrival. I love Chris’s update at the end of that post. […]

  2. Steph Christensen says:

    Beautiful so far! Love the color combo. It may just be the way it looks in the photo, but that purple rug always looks like it needs to be vacuumed. Lol. Congrats on the new little one!

    • Julia says:

      Hahaha! A few commenters have said the same thing. It definitely looks that way in photos, but it has a worn/vintage look in person. Anndd…it probably could use a vacuum. ;)

  3. janet @ ordinary mom says:

    OMG! So exciting! Wishing you a speedy delivery and can’t wait to see pictures. :)

  4. Amanda B. says:

    You’ll be so glad you got the baseboards and trim finished before the baby came. If you’d done the crib instead, the baseboards would never have been a high enough priority to get done! Lol! Congratulations on the sweet new little one! :)

  5. Andrea says:

    Hoping all went well! waiting for word!

  6. Kathy says:

    Congratulations!!! Baseboards just in time!!!!!

  7. Katie F says:

    congrats! Can’t wait to hear more!

  8. Marissa says:

    Haha, thanks for the update Chris! Congrats on your new beautiful baby!

  9. Ellen says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to “meet” her!

  10. Wendy says:

    So glad we will finally know what “F” stands for! Congratulations.

  11. Kim S. says:

    Congrats! Hope all is going / went well with your new arrival!

  12. Tiffany says:

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to meet the new “kitten” (I seriously laughed out loud when I read that, I love kitties! And babies, of course. ;-) )

  13. Renee says:

    Congratulations! I pray for a safe delivery and nice, quick recovery!

  14. Nicole says:

    Good luck for the delivery! I hope Mama and Baby will do great! :-) Can’t wait to see the new addition to the family.

    And I love how different (good) the room looks with baseboards now. Very light and fresh!

  15. Linda says:

    Oh my!! All I kept thinking about as I read this post was, I hope squatting to touch up those baseboards wasn’t going to put Julia in labor! I had a similar experience when I delivered my third baby. Two weeks before his due date I was painting the baseboards like you and the next day I too went into labor and delivered him. Our midwife laughed and told us this happens all the time!

    Congratulations!!! Praying for your family, doctors and for a fast, safe delivery. So excited to see baby F!

  16. Alise says:

    What a wonderful update! Warm thoughts headed your way as you welcome another daughter to your family!! :-)

  17. Jennifer @ Brave New Home says:

    Love the new base boards! I think that is how we should divide up the base board work in our house, too. I’ll just say spackling and caulking aren’t my husband’s fortes…

  18. Michelle | Birds of Berwick says:

    Holy Moly!!! Congratulations! Can’t wait to meet her!

  19. Trilby says:

    Oh my heck!! I did NOT see the update coming at the bottom. Congrats to all of you as you become a family of four!

  20. Kate says:

    Yay! Baby time! Wishing you a speedy and healthy delivery!

  21. Jacqueline Noto says:

    Congratulations on your new baby!! (today is my birthday too!) Also, the nursery looks beautiful!

  22. Julianne says:

    All the best! Congratulations on your new baby!

  23. Susan says:

    happy baby day! ( oh and yeah, dude-safety glasses! unless that photo was just a staged one; in that case, carry one…LOL)

  24. Rachel says:

    Holy cow! You’re having a baby! Sending prayers and best wishes your way!

  25. Kim // Yellow Brick Home says:

    Yeah, baby!

    Also, how awesome that you guys don’t need to use shoe molding or any quarter round… I am supremely jealous of this.

  26. Susan M says:

    Congratulations! Maybe by now you have a new baby girl!

  27. Meagan Briggs says:

    BABY TIME!!!!!!

  28. stephanie says:

    YA!!!!!! Good luck!

  29. Jennah says:

    Good luck, guys! <3

  30. Erin Colburn says:

    Praying for a safe delivery!

  31. Nadya says:

    OMG! Was my reaction when I read the update. Congrats on a safe delivery and Good health to your family!!!!!

  32. Liz says:

    YAY baby time! Hope everything goes smoothly and fast.

  33. Beth says:

    yay!! can’t wait to “meet” baby f!

  34. LizlovesCam says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Best of luck to you guys for a safe, speedy, and healthy labor.

    p.s. Chris, I hate to be a Debby Downer on this amazing day but please wear safety glasses when you’re using your nail gun. My coworker’s fiance had a brad ricochet into his eye two weeks ago while using his nail gun and the recovery has very difficult, to say the least.

  35. Lauren says:

    WAAAAAH!!!!!! I wasn’t expecting that ending! Good luck! And Congrats!! Can’t wait to see little squishy baby cheeks!

  36. Kelly Goldman says:

    Hooray! BABYTIME!

  37. caroline [the diy nurse] says:

    “holy crap” lol. Good luck guys! Can’t wait to meet the new baby ;)

  38. Monica says:

    Praying labor and deliver go well for you guys!! Can’t wait to meet the newest memeber!

    Also, Love the new baseboards, the match the window trim so much better. You guys are doing great with the new house!!

  39. Kerri @ Building a Charmed Life says:

    what?!? happy baby thoughts! can’t wait to see her! :D

  40. Mina Philipp says:

    Thats amazing news about the baby … hope all goes well with the labour … :)

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