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Half Bathroom Renovation: Installing the Baseboard Nailers

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The baseboard will terminate on top of the door trim/vertical stile.

[This is part of Our Molding Makeover series.  See all updates here.]

This baseboard is the same basic design as the one we installed in our kitchen.  (See How to Install BASEBOARD-110 for $2.00/ft for more details.)

We made two slight modifications to it for reasons that are specific to this bathroom and to improve the design over our previous installation.

Installing the Nailers

The nailers (they could also be called spacers) I made from scraps.  I ripped them down on my table saw to the exact thickness I wanted the baseboard to project from the walls.

When I installed this same baseboard design in our kitchen, I used 1/2″ thick mdf board for the nailers.

But this time I wanted the baseboard fascia to project a about 1/8″ farther, so I cut these nailers to account for the added thickness.


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Baseboard nailers wrapped around the back wall of the bathroom.

The nailers are held on with Liquid Nails construction adhesive and a few 18 gauge brad nails.

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Baseboard nailers terminating into the door trim/vertical stile.

The nailers don’t have to be pretty.

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Baseboard nailers installed in our half bathroom.

There’s not much more to tell about installing the baseboard nailers than that.

The next post will show how I installed the baseboard fascia.

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4 Responses to Half Bathroom Renovation: Installing the Baseboard Nailers

  1. Mike December 6, 2012 at 5:10 AM #

    does MDF come thicker or are nailers necessary for the coustom thickness, and if it comes thicker, is there a cost savings in useing nailers?

  2. Ken December 6, 2012 at 5:20 AM #

    You can special order mdf in 1″ thick sheets from most lumber yards.

    But do you want to be wrangling a sheet that heavy and large? Can your table saw handle cutting it? These are a few things to think about.

    Using nailers has always saved me money because I usually have enough scrap material laying around to use. So why buy more?

    The most important reason for using the nailers on this baseboard, however, is that I can rip the nailers to the exact thickness I need, which ended up being a little over 1″ thick; so 1″ thick mdf board would not have been a one-stop solution anyway.

  3. Mike December 6, 2012 at 5:44 AM #

    thank you! Nailers it is then, it sounds a lot faster than plaining wood down too!

  4. Ken December 6, 2012 at 7:05 AM #

    Let’s see, you could either buy an expinsive plainer, learn how to use it correctly; buy some expensive stock that’s worthy of plaining, and then plain away.


    You can rip some scrap mdf that costs a few pennies per foot and be done with it!

    By the way Mike, what kind of molding project are you working on?

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