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Old 06-09-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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We've been putting in 5" baseboard in our house. At two different locations, the baseboard turns a corner into the kitchen and is going to end at a floor kitchen cabinet. The problem is, the doors of the cabinet(s) won't open if the tall baseboard continues to the cabinet because it will be in the way. The previous baseboard I guess was short enough to fit under the doors. I can take a picture if needed.

Anyways, what do I do? What do contractors and home builders usually do? I've never seen kitchen cabinets where the doors are 5+ inches off the floor. Surely this is a problem that people have run into before...

Should I cap off the baseboard before it reaches the cabinet? Two problems: 1. I think it will look odd. 2. Because we have 1" bullnose corner drywall, the hardwood floor will leave a small exposed opening at the corner because baseboard normally covers it.

I can take a picture if you need me to.

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A Picture would help.

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Funny you should ask. I just went back to a house I framed and trimmed several years ago. The homeowner let me get some pictures while I was there. Here is a very similar situation to yours and how I dealt with it in this case.
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Regarding your trim, does that door have any problems opening? Like does it hit the baseboard? If you look in the pics I posted above, you can see that the doors will hit the baseboard as it's opening, so basically it won't open...
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Regarding your trim, does that door have any problems opening? Like does it hit the baseboard? If you look in the pics I posted above, you can see that the doors will hit the baseboard as it's opening, so basically it won't open...
That's the entire reason why I went to all that trouble with that detail. The door would have bound on the base before fully opening.
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Ya I see now how you made the baseboard turn downward before going around the corner... I will have to go that route I think... Are there any other solutions to this problem?
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Ya I see now how you made the baseboard turn downward before going around the corner... I will have to go that route I think... Are there any other solutions to this problem?
It's possible that different hinges could be available that have a "throw" built into their design. It looks like you are too tight to even squeeze the base behind the door, so that idea is out.

Without physically moving the cabinet over and adding the proper filler on the side, the only other option I see is possibly modifying the door opening and ripping the door narrower to allow for the base.

None of these solutions will be easy. Pick your poison.
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Thank you for the input!
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Why not just end the baseboard there with a return? Paint the base by the cabinet and only you will notice.
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Lone---That detail really caught my eye ! Nice fix.---Mike---
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Thanks Mike.
Here's another one that I conjured up when the HOs decided to wainscot the curved stair. I needed to end the chair rail into the apron under the landing nose.
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I just drooled all over the key board when you ran that thread next door at CT.

I love trimming--it's not often that I get to do nice complicated trim like that.

Art with wood!

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im just curious why you " the op" didnt use bullnose trim pieces at the corners?

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