Nothing upgrades a room faster than some well-placed trim.
Add, replace, and repair wood trim to spruce up dull rooms and increase the value of your home. Repairs range from simple cleaning to paint touchups. Replacements remove trim that’s beyond repair. And additions—chair rails, crown molding, and base built-ups—turn boring walls into eye-catchers. Best of all, wood trim is inexpensive, so your home improvement dollar goes a long way!
Get into those grooves with a damp microfiber cloth that attracts the dust that’s dulling your trim. Another quick way to clean your baseboards, use dryer sheets to clean baseboards–not only cleans up, coats them to repel pet hair and dust. I’ve also discovered that it repels my curly hair!
It’s so easy to do! And if you have a Swiffer sweeper, you can attach a dryer sheet instead of a cleaning pad! I’ve found this trick keeps my baseboards cleaner much longer than regular dusting!
Wipe baseboards, ceiling molding, windows, and door frames. Don’t forget the tops, which are expert dust catchers.
To get rid of stubborn scuffs and stains on white trim, attack with a little Comet or another abrasive cleaner sprinkled on a damp cloth. And when you really need some muscle, grab a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, the sponge-like pad that wipes out marks … well, like magic.
You won’t be able to wipe away nicks, gouges, and loose trim. Try the following tips to repair wood trim problems:
• Shoot and smooth latex caulk into the ugly lines that appear when trim separates from walls and each other.
• Fill gouges with wood putty.
• Tap finishing nails into loose shoe molding. Cover nail heads with wood putty or a wax pencil.
• Use a rubber mallet to reattach toe kicks wandering away from cabinets.
• Touch up trim repairs with the same color and type of paint as the original. Paint an entire section of the repaired trim so fixes vanish.
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, those old baseboards and shoe moldings still look beat up. Replacing wood trim doesn’t cost as much as you might think. If you’re handy with a miter box and saw, you can replace trim yourself, if not leave it to the pro’s, like Windy City RDM.
Crowns and Rails
Crown molding adds elegance. But don’t overbuild the crown. Ten-foot ceilings can handle 10-inch moldings, while 8-foot ceilings would look overwhelmed with that much trim. Stick to 3- to 5-inch molding on lower ceilings.
Protect walls with chair rails. Generally, place chair rails one-third of the way up from the floor, or install them where the backs of your chairs hit the wall.
Build up baseboards by adding trim on top of what you already have. Before you dive in, tape a few samples above your current base to see if they visually get along.
If this sounds like more than you want to get involved in alone, give us a call to schedule your free estimate.
Windy City RDM, LLC at 773-951-4545