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Old 10-24-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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I need to cover the 3/4" gap I left when installing hardwood flooring. I don't want painted baseboards I want natural wood or stained. I want to something nicer than just quarter round if I can.

Any suggestions for combinations of base + shoe moulding or some kind of built up moulding that will cover my 3/4" gap. Do people do built up mouldings that aren't painted? Looking on the web I see mostly painted.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:29 PM   #2
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No idea why you would have left that much gap.
There is no right or wrong way of doing it, what looks good to you is the way to go.
I suggest going to a real lumber yard and looking over some of there moldings.
Base caps, cove moulding there's lots of moldings that would work.
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As Joe suggested--go to a millwork house or better lumber yard---

Good quality base molding is 5/8" thick or more---shoe is 1/2"--so that gap will be covered----
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No idea why you would have left that much gap.
There is no right or wrong way of doing it, what looks good to you is the way to go.
I suggest going to a real lumber yard and looking over some of there moldings.
Base caps, cove moulding there's lots of moldings that would work.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...iles&FORM=IGRE
I left that big of a gap because that's what the flooring manufacturer said to do. Probably overkill but I figured I would be using a shoe or something anyway.
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I have been looking on google but nothing jumps out at me so I am just wondering what other people think looks good.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:37 AM   #6
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you said you didn't like the white shoe molding, but this is what I have .....

I have the 3/4" gap but actually went under the 1x4 and the shoe molding just covers the small gap between the floor and 1x4
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Commonly, the bottom 3/4" of drywall is removed so that the hardwood floor can come up close to the wall.
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We did white baseboards and unpainted oak shoe molding. Looks good, IMO.
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Commonly, the bottom 3/4" of drywall is removed so that the hardwood floor can come up close to the wall.
I thought about doing that but when I looked at it closer there were screws at the very bottom of the drywall that would have been in the 3/4" getting cut off so then I figured I would need to remove those and move them up higher. Which may not have been that big of a deal but I just decided to have the big gap.

Plus having the shoe molding will help hide anyplace the floor is uneven.

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Yeah, I just did a hardwood floor, and I had nails in the bottom of the drywall too. Put new screws a couple of inches up, and then pulled the screws and bottom drywall. Yes, it was a bit of a pain, but fortunately was only one room.
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I think I am liking "craftsman style" based on what I am seeing on google on the base anyway. Something simple like this only natural wood instead of white. http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6171/6...3ece80ef_z.jpg

I don't know if I want or could pull off doing the door and window casings in this style. How big of a sin is it to mix styles also I have a capcod so having craftsman style is probably a sin too Although something like this for casing would maybe be easier than mitered corners. http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH..._CRATRM_11.jpg
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