One Room Challenge Week 3 | How to Fill Baseboard Gaps

Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home.

If you are new you can check out Week 1 HERE and Week 2 HERE.

 

When I was priming the baseboards in the kid’s bathroom I came across a problem. As I painted I noticed these huge gaps between the wall and the baseboards. The gaps became more pronounced as I primed the walls as well. Not cool.

 

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It wasn’t a matter of nailing the boards to the wall. I tried wiggling them to see if they were loose, but they were securely nailed to the wall. I wasn’t quite sure what to do about the space. Luckily I have a brother that builds houses for a living, so I asked him what I should do to fix the gap between the baseboard and the wall. So I am going to share with you how to make that annoying gap between your baseboards and walls go away and for under $3. You can’t beat that!

 

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I put on one coat of white primer on my baseboards and walls first, then I used a caulk gun with All Purpose Acrylic Caulk Plus Silicone in white to fill in the gaps.

 

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I put the caulk all along the top of the baseboards and around the decorative spindles in each corner and smoothed it down with my finger. In spaces that had a large gap I just kept going over it with the caulk and smoothing it out until it was even with the other spaces. I went over any spots that caulk got on that it wasn’t suppose to be with a damp rag.

 

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You could see an improvement in the way the baseboards looked right from the beginning.

 

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It looks so much better! No more annoying gaps. Now I have pretty primed baseboards ready to be painted. If your baseboards are already painted and you want to fill in the gaps you can just be sure to really smooth out the caulk so that it is even with your baseboard or else it will be noticeable. Here is a little before and after shot. The best $3 improvement I have spent.

 

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Does anyone else find ‘Caulk’ an odd word? or is it just me?

Maybe its because I have been saying it and typing it over and over during this post.

I have also started working on the bench for the bathroom, my plan is to put it in the open space under the window. I got this bench a few years ago at a garage sale for $5.  SCORE!  At our old house it sat on our covered porch and was claimed by our dog Alby as his sitting perch/ lounger. Hence the deep scratches on the top of it. (He is not a little dog, even though he might think he is.)  I think it adds some nice character to the bench.  You can see the bottom of the bench has a red tone to it, that is the area that I haven’t sanded yet.

 

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I think the bottom might hold extra bath towels once its in the bathroom. Possibly some decorative baskets to hide bath toys in or extra bathroom items. Maybe I should just leave it empty, I am undecided.

What do you think I should do with it?

 

Thanks for checking in this week! Go check out the other projects from other bloggers doing the One Room Challenge. Seriously so much awesomeness going on HERE.

 

I will be linking up my project  HERE as well.

 

Have you missed a week? You can find the previous One Room Challenge weeks here.

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4| Week 5 | Week 6

 

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