Home Improvement

How To Install Moulding

Recently, my home went through a major overhaul (living through a renovation is tough)! When all was said and done, and the drywall in one of the upstairs bedrooms was replaced, we noticed a large gap between the floor and the wall.  So, rather than go out and buy a new floor (who has the kind of money for that), I decided to utilize a little life hack and add some 3/4 round moulding to the existing structure to cover the gap for $13! Want to learn how to add some flair to your own moulding? Check this out!

How To Install Moulding

Here is the ugly gap between the wall and the floor that was driving me nuts!

So, to solve the problem, I did this to every wall…

Here’s how you can do the same!What You’ll Need:
Miter Saw
Measuring Tape


3/4 Round Moulding ($1.02/ft @ Lowe’s)

Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive ($2.50 @ Lowe’s)

The Steps:

1. Press your new moulding up against the old and measure the length using a pencil to mark both ends.  Your corner end is going to need a diagonal cut, so measure approximately 1/4″ longer than you need on the flat end to make up for the distance.

2.  When you’re ready to cut, break out the saw (luckily my contractor left his in the unfinished downstairs bedroom and I didn’t have to go outside in the cold)!

3. Make your flat cut using the saw at a 0 degree angle.

4. Set your blade at a 45 degree angle to make the diagonal cut on the other side of the round moulding. When you’re ready to add the piece that meets this angle, you’ll have to set your blade to the opposite 45 degree angle.

5. When ready to place your moulding you can use one of two options:- Liquid Nail
– Actual Nails

For this project I chose to use Liquid Nails as the gap between the wall and floor was rather large (I’d recommend using actual nails if you are applying this moulding in a basement, as moisture may affect the efficiency of the Liquid Nails).  If you choose to use Liquid Nails, apply it to the bottom of the baseboard, and along the floor.

6. Press the moulding into the Liquid Nails.

7. Use a sponge or your finger (the fun way!) to wipe the excess liquid nail along the top, open edge of the moulding.

8. Continue steps 1-7 on all walls.9. Once finished applying, paint the 3/4 round moulding the same color as your existing wood to blend the pieces together.

10. Sit back, relax, enjoy the view!

Fin. Enjoy your mess!

As always, if you have ANY questions, please feel free to click on the contact button at the top of the page to email me about this project! Fixing your own home is easier than you think!


Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




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