After laying your beautiful mosaic floor tiling, you then install
elegant-looking 5.25-inch-high baseboard. How do you paint the baseboard to get
professional results without slopping paint all over your new mosaic floor
tiling? The secret is, before installing the baseboard over the tile, put down
blue painters tape on the floor in a position so the baseboard will be on top of
the tape at least 1/4-inch.
Before getting to the point of installing and
painting the new baseboard, lets talk about the old baseboard. Before laying
your new mosaic floor tiling, completely remove the old baseboard. Even if you
like the old stuff, I suggest installing new material. That way, you dont have
to worry about breaking it when removing it. Garden
If you have the narrow 3-inch baseboard, you can instantly
make the room look more elegant by installing wider 5.25-inch-high baseboard.
After the old baseboard is removed, lay the mosaic floor tiling up to the wall.
Then, when ready, install the new baseboard on top of the tiling. Dont leave
the old baseboard down and tile up to the baseboard. If you do, it looks so
unprofessional. If youre going to spend the time and money to put down gorgeous
new mosaic floor tiling, then do the job properly. Remove the old baseboard,
tile to the wall (its okay to leave a small gap between the wall and baseboard
thats less than the thickness of the baseboard, usually between 1/8-inch and
1/4-inch, assuming your new baseboard is 5/8-inch or more thick), and then
installing new 5.25-inch-high baseboard on top of the tiling. It just looks so
much nicer and more professional.
Install the tape on the mosaic tile
about 1/4-inch away from the wall. Then, install the baseboard directly on top
of the tape. Put down a second piece of tape on the floor, overlapping the first
piece by a hair, all around the baseboard to ensure a thick-enough width of tape
so you don't slop any paint on the new mosaic floor tiling and Music Support
grout. Paint the baseboard with two coats of your favorite color of high-gloss
paint (use high-gloss for all trim molding). I prefer white, but not pure bright
white. Then, when the paint is dry, use a razor-blade knife with a new blade and
run the knife along the edge of the baseboard cutting away the blue tape. Angle
the blade slightly so the tip cuts just a hair under the baseboard. As long as
you use a fresh sharp blade (i.e., change the blade after every 30 linear feet
of cutting), the blue tape will cut precisely and you won't see the tape that
remains under the baseboard. This gives a clean, beautiful finish. I believe
putting the tape down before installing the baseboard and then installing the
baseboard on top of the tape results in a more professional look after painting
than if you were to install the baseboard first and then put down the tape
adjacent to the edge of the baseboard. The paint job doesn't look as perfect.
This method gives wonderfully professional results without slopping paint all
over your beautiful new mosaic floor tiling.