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Freshly painted baseboards will give your home an upgrade.We have everything you need for a successful job.

It may take a backseat to your gorgeous accent wall or detailed accents, but baseboards are the root of all rooms.Natural flow from room to room is made seamless by the baseboards.You have the option to paint or stain baseboards.Both options result in very different looks.We have got you covered, whichever you choose.There are instructions on how to paint and stain baseboards.

Consider the finish when choosing baseboards.It depends on whether it will be painted, stained, or left natural.Wood is the traditional choice, but it is not the only option.Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and plastic moldings are good-looking, budget-conscious alternatives if you want to paint the trim.

To save money when staining, choose wood with the appearance of the grain in mind.If you want to get a similar look to cherry, you can buy birch and apply a cherry stain.Both cherry and Birch have the same grain and hardness.

For small nail holes on baseboards, use a dough-type wood filler.Limit its use along the length of the baseboard since it doesn’t look like real wood.Before or after staining, experiment to find out which looks best.Put a small amount of the filler into the hole with your thumb.Use a knife to smooth it.Water or mineral spirits can be used to wipe away the excess.Water-mix putty is good at filling shallow depressions.Do not mix more than you can use in 10 minutes.To fill cracks around a knot, mix the putty to a pastelike consistency and force it into all the cracks with a knife.Remove the patch from the wood.Sand the surface once the wood is dry.

Medium-grit sandpaper is used on a sanding block.Sand with the grain, not against it.In rooms with high traffic or areas with furniture that backs up to the wall, more sanding may be required.Use a tack cloth to wipe away the remnants.

To fill knots and nail holes, use a putty knife.It is not necessary to smooth the putty down yet.Let it dry.Wait until the surface is even and wipe the spots clean.

Before painting, protect the floor and wall with painter’s tape.Apply paint to the wood surface with short light strokes and lay it down in both directions.Work with the wood grain only with longer strokes.To smooth out the paint, use only the tips of the bristles.

You can finish baseboards on a waist-high work surface if you stain them.Dust particles can be wiped away with a tack cloth.

Before using a stain, mix it.Apply it with a brush or cloth.You don’t miss any spots if you overlap your strokes.Allow the stain to be set according to the directions.