I love the angular steps of this baseboard design. It’s like Falling Water, but without the water, kind of.
I based it on one of Frank Loyd Wright’s baseboards, but from which home I don’t remember.
I probably saw it while leafing through one of those giant coffee table books of his but was too cheap to buy.
This three-piece baseboard is seven inches tall and is made from simple MDF board and a common quarter-round base shoe. I know I say this a lot, but… you could buy the materials to make it yourself today and install it this weekend!
Molding Inventory to Make this Baseboard: About $1.07/lf
This is the 3/4″ thick MDF board that I ripped down to make the 6″ wide baseboard foundation. You can get about 7 ea. 8′ long boards from one sheet. That means each board cost you about $4.66 ea. or about $0.58/lf.
I made the baseboard cap out of this 1/2″ MDF board. You can make about 45 ea., 1″ tall base caps from a single sheet of this MDF board. That’s how I came up with the price below.
This is a simple 1/4-round base shoe you can buy most any place they sell moldings.
[See all the moldings we use on our blog at DIY Molding Inventory page.]
Learn step by step how to install the wainscoting that goes with this project.