Do you need to install quarter round trim someplace in your home? It’s not as hard as you might think! Truly, if I can do it you can do it too.
Growing up, I tagged along with my Dad to help him with projects around the house. Consequently, I picked up a lot of DIY skills from being his assistant! I was always fascinated because he knew how to do it all. I’m so glad his lessons stuck with me as he was the master when it came to things like trim work!
This post will be much shorter than the last one! I promise. Quite honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased with how everything is coming together in my home office. I love the farmhouse feel this room has taken on.
Generally speaking, quarter round trim is inexpensive and it adds a lot of bang for your buck! Plus it gives a clean finished look to your baseboards and hides a lot of imperfections.
Gather the supplies.
- Miter box and saw
- Measuring tape
- Safety glasses
- Trim paint
- Drop cloth (or something to protect your work area) I used heavy duty craft paper
- Small paint brush
- Finishing nails
- Caulk (make sure it is paintable)
- Caulk gun
- Nail set
- Quarter round (to determine how much you will need measure along all walls and add a bit in case you make a mistake)
- Transition Strip(s), I used wooden ones
Select your quarter round size according to the gap that you are trying to cover between the baseboards and the floor. The size of the quarter round trim, in turn, will need to be taken into account when selecting the proper size of finishing nails as well.
As you can see in the photo above, I had quite a gap to cover between my subfloor and the baseboards!
Let’s get started!
IMPORTANT: Take the measurement along the baseboard to determine the length of your trim piece. Then at each end, miter the quarter round to angle in towards the middle. As my Daddy always used to say, “measure twice, cut once!”
Step 1 – Measure one wall at a time and proceed to step 2.
Step 2 – Begin mitering your trim pieces making sure the appropriate angle is cut on each end. Then check to make sure each trim piece fits properly in its position.
I suggest you number each piece on the back as you cut it. Simply pick a starting point, such as a door frame, then proceed clockwise around the room numbering each piece. This will help to avoid confusion when you start attaching the trim pieces after they’ve been painted.
Good to know info about trim.
Since most trim comes in 12-foot lengths, you might need to piece the trim if your runs are longer than that. To do this, simply miter both pieces of trim so that they overlap somewhere around the middle. This makes the seam less noticeable. When I did this, I used a 22 1/2 degree miter to hide where I pieced mine together.
Step 3 – Once all your trim pieces have been cut, begin applying the paint to the rounded side as well as to the mitered corners. If you purchase primed trim, you will only need to apply one coat of paint. Raw wood will require two coats. Remember to follow the directions for proper application and drying times on the paint can!
Attaching and caulking the trim.
Step 4 – After the paint has dried, begin attaching the quarter round. To do this, hold the trim snuggly against the baseboard and attach it with a finishing nail by driving the nail downwards at a 45-degree angle. Start a few inches from one end and work your way along the entire piece of trim.
Depending on how level your floor is will also determine how close to place your nails. I suggest every 2 to 4 feet. After each nail is added, use the nail set to countersink the finishing nail just below the surface.
Step 5 – Now that you have all of your trim attached (Yay, you!) it’s finally time to start caulking! Following the directions on the tube of caulk begin applying it at the top of the quarter round and at each mitered corner. Also, use the caulk to fill in at each nail hole.
Smooth each section of caulk as you go, wiping up any extra with your rag. Due to the extreme unevenness of my floor, I opted to caulk along the bottom of the quarter round as well. There are MANY schools of thought on this, with many professionals saying it is not needed. But since I wanted the unevenness of my floor hidden, caulking this area took care of it!
Due to the extreme unevenness of my floor, I opted to caulk along the bottom of the quarter round as well. There are MANY schools of thought on this, with many professionals saying it is not needed. But since I wanted the unevenness of my floor hidden, caulking this area was a no-brainer for me!
Go online – Google is your friend.
There are tons of great tutorials online on different ways to apply caulk. It’s really not hard! Some good tips to remember are to work in 2-foot sections and to release the trigger lock on the back of the caulk gun after you apply a bead of caulk. This stops the flow of caulk. Otherwise, it will ooze out of the caulk gun and make a mess!
Step 6 – After your caulk has dried, go back and paint over it touching up any other areas that might need it.
To me, applying trim makes me feel like I’ve truly accomplished something! I guess it’s because it always makes a project look complete.
Last but not least.
In addition to installing the trim, you will need to use a transition strip at each doorway. This will hide the seam between the different flooring surfaces. I have vinyl in my laundry room and carpet in the hallway that I had to transition to the painted subfloor.
Transition strips come in several different types. Some are made of wood and others are metal. I used wooden ones, painting them to match the base floor color. Just choose what you think will look best in your home.
This part is extremely easy.
Step 7 – Prepping the transition strip. Depending on the width of your door, you may not even need to cut this to fit. If you do need to, simply use your miter box and saw to cut it to the length needed. Be extra careful if you have to cut a metal strip down! You will probably have to use a blade that is designed to cut metal.
Step 8 – Paint or stain the piece if you are using a wooden transition strip. Then simply attach it per the instructions. The ones I used are attached with screws.
Once the transition pieces are installed your project is complete!
See, it really wasn’t hard at all! Now pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
I absolutely LOVE how adding the trim made the floor in my office look finished!
I’ve finally started to move stuff back in and hope to do a post soon about the completed space. I will also be creating a gallery wall with my collection of hand-painted plates!
So what’s next on the blog?
I received some awesome product from a sponsor that I will be using to create some fun and easy projects with! I hope you will stop back then to see what it’s all about, especially since Christmas is coming and these might make great gifts!
Total aside – did you notice that I got rid of the advertisements on the blog? I thought they seemed rather distracting so I gave them the boot!
As always, thanks for following along, friend!