How to Attach Baseboard Molding to a Masonry Wall

What You'll Need
Baseboard molding
Stain or paint
Paint brush
Measuring tape
Hammer and nails
Mitre saw
Safety goggles
Work gloves

Attaching baseboard molding is a simple task that you can carry out yourself by following the steps given below.

Step 1 – Selecting the Materials

Go to your nearest hardware store and find the baseboard molding of your choice amongst the various styles, sizes and types of baseboard molding available. It is advisable to buy at least a total of 10% more yardage than what you think you will need for your masonry wall.

Step 2 – Paint or Stain Baseboard Molding

You can either paint or stain your baseboard molding, depending on the material you have purchased. It is recommended to paint or stain before installation as it helps avoid untidiness and gives a neat finished look. Paint is suggested if the type of baseboard molding is an MDF or a wood composite. For hardwoods a stain finish will produce outstanding results.

Step 3 – Cut Baseboard Molding

Measure the length of the wall. Then see if you have enough baseboards to cover the area. Measure twice and cut the trim accurately in one go. Set the trim against the wall and nail every 16 to 18 inches roughly. To complete the continuation of the wall make a 45 degree mitre cut in the wood using hand mitre box and saw. On the other board, make another 45 degree cut. Then, put both the baseboards together and caulk that seam.

Step 4 – Nail the Baseboard Molding on the Masonry Wall

Nail at the bottom of the baseboard into the wall so that the nails are less visible and fix the board properly to the wall. After making sure that the baseboard molding is firmly attached to the masonry wall, you can use the painters caulk to give it a neat and clean finished look.