We made this baseboard fascia 6-5/8″ tall, a bit taller than the one I made in our kitchen that is 5-3/4″ tall.
Jennifer and I arrived at this height after making several baseboard mockups of different heights, placing them in front of the already installed wall frames and then living with them for a day or two each.
We felt that the baseboard needed the extra height to balance the visual effect of the baseboards “supporting” the wall panels.
Sand the Top Exposed End Grain
The reveal at the top of this baseboard (that exposed flat space between the base cap and the top edge of the baseboard fascia) is hard to sand after the base cap has been installed on top of it.
So I ran my palm sander over the edge before installing the fascias.
Prime the Bottom
I like to prime the bottom exposed end grain of bathroom moldings before installing them. Otherwise they can act as a water wick in case of a big spill.
You can’t protect any molding if you have a really big bathroom flood, but this technique will help guard against the little ones.
Thin Spacers Under the Baseboard
I put thin paper spacers under the base for two reasons: One, to make it easier to replace the tile someday and two, so I have room to slip masking paper under the baseboard when I prime and paint.
Returning the Baseboard
The baseboard has to terminate on top of the flat-stock that acts as both door trim and vertical stile for this wall.
So I just create a few miters and then glue and nail them together before I install it as one piece.
All contact surfaces get a coat of Liquid Nails and is tacked in place with 18 gauge brad nails.
Preparing for Disaster
I’m splitting the baseboard behind the sink here and down to the wall to the water shut-off valve behind the toilet.
This short section will be held in place with just a few dabs of Liquid Nails so I can pull it off when some day I need to get to the fittings on that shut-off valve.
An Awkward Solution Behind the Toilet
This one was a real head-skratcher. But there you have it.
The next post will show how to install the ogee base cap. See you there!