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Old 10-01-2015, 12:32 PM   #1
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Installing trim (baseboard & door casing)

Hello everyone, first post here. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do the molding on this corner. I attached pictures.

The opening is from a play area (vinyl floor) to office (hardwood). There will be no door as it is actually a half-wall around the office, so I have 1/4" plywood that will get painted or stained at the opening. I have a transition block for the floor height change but I'm not sure what I should do to transition from the door casing to the baseboard. I took two pictures, one with a 90* cut on the baseboard and another with a 45* cut.

I would caulk the joints to help, but I still worry that there might be better options for me to use. If there's a different or better casing option, let me know.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-01-2015, 12:54 PM   #2
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Personally, I wouldn't do the plinth block and base molding on the opening itself. I would just put a regular door stop where the wood floor ends or leave it without anything. I don't think I've ever seen any kind of base molding run at the bottom of the door opening.

Rather than try and come up with something that looks contrived, just leave it alone and it will look better IMHO

If you need something to cover the edge of the vinyl and the plywood doesn't cover it, run a shoe mold at the bottom from the hardwood to the edge of the wall in the playroom.


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One of those things that you don't think about until you have to think about it.

Another possible way to view this and find a solution...

The painted 1/4" plywood with casing and described "look" is that of a door jamb. If it visually looks like and will be perceived as a door jamb, should be trimmed-finished like a door jamb. No molding, tight looking fit of jamb to flooring.
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If your looking to cover the vinyl/wood floor edge.
You could add 1/2" lumber on the inside of each jamb.
Then attach your trim
Then baseboard.

That would cover the edges of the floors with no need put anything there except maybe caulk.?
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I'd remove the ply jamb veneer. The trim without a reveal never looks right, although that might be from a habit. The ply edge is also prone to splintering and needs extra wood filler to make smooth. Install 1x jamb and scribe the bottom on the poster paper, test and transfer to the jamb. It will be cleaner and more natural. The expansion space on the corner can be covered as well.
If not, use wider base trim in the kitchen and scribe it to match the liv room trim. Or same trim, match the top edge and cover the bottom edge with quarter round or modified door stop-if the gap is more than 3/4".
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makeathicker jamb to hide any gap, dont baseboard the face of the jamb either just treat it as standard door


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