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How To Finish Baseboards Near Door Openings

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Hello all,
I have been installing baseboards in my house and have come across an issue. This house was built in 1959 and is a mid century, modern house. All of the 'edges' of the walls near the doors are rounded. My baseboards are cut flush and looks weird. I don't know what to do about this. If I could post a photo of this I would. Any ideas on how to cover the rounded areas?
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I usually use a transition piece at the corner.In place of having two pieces cut at 45 degrees to make a 90 degree corner you have the two longer pieces with a 22.5 degree cut and a small piece in the middle cut at 22.5 degrees on each side.
If it is a larger/longer bullnose you can kerf the back of the molding and wrap it.Pics would help but these are the two alternatives.
Thank you Mako 1 for your reply. Yes I photo would be really helpful. I have looked online and on YouTube but I don't really know what to type in as my question. There are tons of things on baseboards but nothing that pertains to my issue.
Really need that picture.
Any I've seen like that just add a small 22 1/2 deg. angle on the outside to the base where they meet.
Really need that picture.
Any I've seen like that just add a small 22 1/2 deg. angle on the outside to the base where they meet.
Is there any way to post pics on here?
Yes, to post a picture--you need to 'go advanced' and then click on the paper clip--

You may need 5 posts in order to post picture---that is a spam stopping feature--
I can't find "advanced". Please advise. Never mind I found out how to post pics. Thanks!
Really need that picture.
Any I've seen like that just add a small 22 1/2 deg. angle on the outside to the base where they meet.
Here is a pic of the issue I'm having.


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Why are you trying to use casing for a baseboard?
Use regular base and cut it back 45 deg. on the ends, about the best look your going to get with that odd door trim you have.
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I'm using casing because the house is small and the ceilings are low. If I use regular baseboards it would make the rooms look much smaller.
Maybe try what is shown in post #9
Sorry but the casing as baseboard does not look good. A tall baseboard does not make a room look small, it makes it look finished. If your ceilings are 8', a 3.5"-4.25" will look more than fine. Small, weird baseboard casing will just look out of place and like a DIY job.

Relooking at it, you might almost be best off with like a small wooden end block to terminate it in to. Or use proper baseboard and cut a return.

What was on the wall originally? Was there no baseboard? Wall flush to floor, or was like a shoe molding used?
I agree with the others: casing looks awful for this application. Even a short 3" base profile with a small (3/8") quarter-round would look much better and IMO, would not make the walls look shorter.

Regardless of my opinion, I do agree that what you show in your picture is awkward indeed. The easiest way to end your "baseboard" would be to bevel cut it at 45 degrees and then cut another profile at 45 degrees to make a small return to the wall (the return, including the 45 equals the thickness of the stock). I would create the return about 1/2" from where the existing corner radius begins. Whatever the distance that you choose, be consistent.

I don't know if what I explained will look much better. I am used to my baseboards terminating at a plinth block however creating one for your situation would be difficult and would look odd without the usual (vertical) casing.

Perhaps situating big pieces of furniture near the door openings is a better solution! :wink2:
Baseboard, with mitered return:

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