If there is one fact I know about older homes, it’s that the poor baseboards and trim take far more of a beating than they should. All those pretty wall pictures on Pinterest with the stunning crown molding and crisp baseboards? I have yet to move into a house like that. You name it and I have probably fixed it. I have seen dog chew marks, people paint right over dirt, and, well, let’s leave it at that. It’s really sad too because beautiful baseboards and edges really can make a wall stunning. It’s those little details that make a difference. That’s ok, we can fix it! It all starts with some tape and a caulking gun.
So I will start out with my usual disclaimer: we bought a fixer-upper and the walls were riddled with scratches and scrapes. I take no responsibility. Although most of the house is painted, we have a staircase that still stands as a reminder of how far we have come. I think it is time to let that go.
Both sets of stairs were badly cracked, but the baseboards themselves seemed to be in decent condition. Replacing them seemed like an extra step we didn’t need.
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