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Baseboard higher than toekick

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Hello all,

Looking for suggestions on how to handle this situation.

The kitchen cabinets have a 3" toekick but the baseboard I have installed is 4.25". This is the only place in the house where the baseboard meets a toekick and although I don't care for the way this looks, I can't think of any other solutions.

Any ideas?

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I would return the baseboard back into the wall with a 45 degree miter cut/ leaving it when finished flush with the outside corner and then paint the exposed bottom portion of the wall next to the toe kick with some flat black paint. BOB
You could cut your baseboard as you would normally to go around a corner, return he lower portion to the toe kick and return the top 1 1/4" to the cabinet. Either notch the board or do it with 2 pieces.
You got yourself a real problem there. Not much you can do to make it look planned. Toe kicks are usually 4" high, and 3" deep. From looking at the picture the base looks like it sits ahead of the stile, which is flush with the wall.

That type of offset is very difficult to work around. Personally, that offset would be a continuous source of irritation to me. I would cut the base to fit under the toe kick, and miter, and return it to the toe kick of the cabinet.

If it has to sit as it is, cut what's called a "self-edge", which is basically a very narrow return made by a miter leaving the waste piece the width of the base. attach the mitered piece to a mitered edge on the base, and the straight cut on the waste piece sits on the wall and finishes at the right edge of the stile.

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Try making a Plinth block that wraps under the kick and is Higher than the base on the front portion, then just end your base against the block
Thanks for all the great suggestions...much appreciated. Returning the edge of the baseboard really dressed it up and it looks so much better than it did before (especially with the new flooring)

As for the toekick, I built these cabinets 10 years ago and just copied the dimensions of the previous 1970s cabinets, which had a low toekick height. At the time the baseboard was 2 1/4" and it wasn't until years later when I replaced all the baseboard that I realized I had a problem here :censored:
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