Bathroom molding around the floor and other areas is often done in tile, but that's not the only option. You can use wood baseboard even in the high-moisture environment of a bathroom with a little added care to protect the wood. Use pre-finished or painted baseboard, and use silicone caulk to seal it all in so moisture doesn't get behind the trim.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Miter saw
- Finish nailer
- Silicone caulk
Measure one of the walls from the corner outward, at the floor level. Transfer the measurement to the back of a piece of baseboard molding, putting one mark a few inches in from the end and measuring off the mark to make the second mark.
Set the baseboard on a miter saw, with the back of the piece up against the back rail of the saw. Slide the trim until one of the two pencil marks is under the blade. Swivel the blade to 45 degrees toward the middle of the piece of trim. Cut the trim.
Reposition the trim so the second mark is under the blade. Swivel the blade 45 degrees in the opposite direction as before (so it's still pointing toward the middle of the trim). Make the cut.
Repeat for each piece of baseboard along each wall. Don't run it in front of the bathtub.
Stand two of the pieces in place along the floor, against the two adjacent walls at floor level, with the mitered cuts butting into each other at the corner. Affix the trim with your finish nailer, shooting in nails along the upper and lower edges every foot or so.
Repeat for each wall. Lay beads of silicone caulk where the trim meets the walls and the floor.
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