If you have a hand saw and a miter box, you can make creative and elaborate baseboard moldings to enhance your home's decor. Using molding, paint and a little imagination, custom build baseboards to fit the style of your room and to help resolve electrical-cord management issues.
One of the easiest ways to create homemade decorative baseboards is to layer smaller pieces of flat stock molding on existing baseboards. If your existing baseboard is too small to work with additional pieces of molding, create your own baseboard from simple lengths of flat wood. Use 1-by-4 or 1-by-6-inch wood as a baseboard, and then add quarter-round molding to the bottom. Stack a smaller molding on top of the flat baseboard. You can add molding in many combinations to create custom baseboards for your room.
There is a quick and inexpensive trick to beef up your existing baseboards and make them look taller. Simply add a length of small, decorative flat stock molding a few inches above your existing baseboards. Then paint the newly installed top molding, the wall space between the new molding and the existing baseboard with the same color of trim paint. This will create the illusion of tall, fancy baseboard molding.
If you have unsightly electrical cords running along the wall from your TV, computer or stereo equipment, use a baseboard embellishment to manage the mess. This method uses the idea of a privacy fence for your yard and applies it to your baseboard.
Cut small pieces of picket fence approximately 6 inches high and mount them to the face of your existing baseboard. Then tuck the cords behind the fence to keep them tight to the wall and unseen. You can adapt the picket fence shape to a square top or any other shape that would work in your space.
Many homes are light on wood trim when they are originally built to cut the cost of construction -- especially around the stairs. However, add decorative trim and baseboards after the initial build to give your home a more refined look.
Create faux baseboards similar to the wall space moldings used in other rooms. Mount flat trim molding on the wall that follows the stair rise, then paint molding and wall space to meet the stairway unit and create the illusion of stairway baseboards.