How to Install Wood Trim Around a Bathtub

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If you are remodeling a bathroom and want to add wood trim around the tub to give it your own custom look, you don't need to hire a contractor. You'll only need some common tools and a bit of patience. The most difficult part about installing wood trim around a tub is getting the corner cuts right and affixing the wood trim to the outside of the tub. Any do-it-yourself homeowner can complete the project, however.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood trim (molding)
  • Tape measure
  • Notepad and pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Miter saw
  • Construction adhesive

Measure around your bathtub, getting all the length dimensions. Write these down along with a short description of each so you remember which measurement goes where.

Put on safety glasses. Measure, mark and place the molding in a miter saw, set to a 45-degree angle. Cut your molding to fit each measurement around the bathtub.

Stage each cut piece of wood molding in its respective place to make sure each 45-degree angle correctly aligns and forms a 90-degree angle.

Let the molding acclimate for 24 hours.

Affix the wood molding around the tub by applying a bead of construction adhesive. Spread a bead of construction adhesive against the wall and tub, then tack the wood molding into place. Let it dry overnight or as long a directed by the manufacturer before using the tub.

References

  • "Remodeling a Bathroom"; Leon A. Frechette; 2004
  • "Home Rehab Handbook"; Michael J. Crosbie, Steven Winter Associates; 2002
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