Monday, August 3, 2015

Install Wide Baseboard Molding Over Existing Narrow Baseboard

Want to upgrade the look of your baseboard moldings without a ton of work?  Here's how to Install Wide Baseboard Molding over existing Narrow Molding.

When I showed you guys my inspiration ideas for redoing the hall bathroom, I showed you this new molding idea.  It is a composite wide molding that is sculpted to fit right over your narrow molding without having to remove it.  You all asked for a review when I got it.  

Well, I have to say this is totally amazing stuff.  I ordered it from Lowe's and it came in today.  One fast cut to get the right length and it was done.  How easy is that.  

Here is a picture to show you how it fits over my baseboard.  My existing baseboard is really narrow, not anywhere near as wide as the sample the manufacturer shows.  It does fit right over the top beautifully. 

  I ordered one 8ft. piece for this project.  You can see here how the back of the molding is carved out to fit right over my existing molding.

 This shows how it fits next to the door frame molding without any special angle cuts.  I think this is a genius product.

1. All I had to do was measure the length, make one cut, unscrew the door stop, push in place and nail with my electric nail gun.

 What an amazing upgrade. Wide baseboard moldings are not normally found in Builder Grade homes.  Adding them to our home as we makeover each room is on our to-do list.  It looks fabulous. (That's the chair rail and new towel bars in the tub - it's a construction zone here)

Now all I have to do is install the chair rail and caulk both then the wall will be ready for paint.

Here is the information from Lowe's web site. and the link to order some for yourself if you want.  I will definitely be ordering more.

RapidFit 5.25-in x 8-ft Interior Pine Mdf Baseboard - $21.60

5.25-in x 8-ft Interior Pine Mdf Baseboard
  • Installs over existing trim
  • Covers existing base up to 9/16-in thick and 3-1/2-in wide
  • Eliminates removal and disposal of existing trim
  • Primed and ready to paint
  • Made from eco-friendly wood composite (MDF)
  • Install RapidFit base blocks to eliminate miters and enhance your trim project
  • Use RapidFit transition blocks when upgrading base only to create a seamless transition between RapidFit base and existing casing
  • RapidFit spacers cover bases thinner than 9/16-in thick
  • RapidFit is available exclusively at Lowe-fts 

We also got the chair rail up.  Now when the liquid nails dries, I will caulk and then we will be ready to paint.  Can't wait.  This room didn't get painted for the last makeover, so it really needs it.  

(Did you notice how high the builder put the towel bar.  That is going to be lowered for sure when I install the new one.)

Hall Bathroom Makeover Ideas
This post shares my inspiration ideas.  I always like to do an inspiration board to get an ideas of how the finished room will look.

Hall Bathroom Makeover Reveal
I thought you might like to see how the makeover turned out.  This post shares all the final details and a changes along the way.

(This is not a paid or sponsored review, just my own personal opinion)

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  1. That baseboard is a nice update! Your bathroom is going to look great with your new tweaks

  2. Wow that looks great and how easy! I can't wait to see it painted. Funny how builders put things sometimes. Good thing the bar is easy to move.
    Hope you have a wonderful day!

  3. Wow. Thanks for pointing out a new product. I can't wait to check that out.

  4. Marty, this looks great! I love learning about new products and really appreciate your review. Your baseboards look amazing! Your bathroom is really taking shape too. I can't wait to see the reveal. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. Marty,
    Love this product and love the ease to installing it. Lookin good.

  6. That did turn out great! Looks amazing, and so much richer. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Marty,
    I just shared the new baseboard with "Mr. Ed"!!!
    His reply, "That's pretty neat!"
    Thank you for sharing with photos of explanation and pricing!!!

  8. I had no idea such a product existed! The baseboards in my house are also narrow - I would love to install this over them as you did. Great posts!!!

    1. Me too ... heading out to Lowes later today!!! Narrow baseboards a thorn in my side for ten years!!

    2. Did u do your baseboards?Do you just glue them on to the old base with liquid nail?

  9. I didn't know such a thing existed. What a fabulous idea and thank you so much for letting us know about this baseboard!

  10. Great tips, Marty! Thanks for the information.
    Michelle from

  11. Wow, what a brilliant idea! I love the wide baseboards, but I've never had them. I can't wait to use this and update our house!

  12. I have pinned this post Miss Marty and will be referring to it in the near future! Thanks so much for sharing the information. The room is really coming along.

  13. Oh, goodness, Marty! That is amazing and looks so wonderful! Thank you for telling us about this product! Hope you have a great week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. OMG! i did not know this product existed! My husband will want to know about this product! We have been gradually replacing our short baseboards with taller ones but have been doing it the old fashioned way. I will have to see what height ours is and see if they sell it in the size we've converted to. thanks for sharing this product. Your bathroom is coming along nicely.

  15. I really have to try this one for sure, Lovin' the progress Marty!

  16. A brilliant idea! I'm going to look for it!

  17. Oh dear, Marty -- I could have used this product instead of spending all that time painting our dinky ugly little baseboards -- I will definitely use this product on the next room! Thanks for sharing! Cynthia

  18. Marty, I didn't know such a thing existed, I love it!

  19. I didn't even know this was possible. WOW LOVE IT!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  20. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. I've been looking for updates to my baseboards but didn't want to go through the hassle of taking the other ones down. Good information to know about these awesome wider baseboards

  21. I bought some of these baseboards for my kitchen. I got the 7" baseboards and really wish I had done the 5.5". Love how your bathroom looks!!

  22. Love this idea! What a great solution :) Your bathroom looks great!

  23. WOW. I have never heard of this, but I am so glad to know of it. Genius!!

  24. Now that you've lived with it for a year, how is it holding up? I'm nervous about putting MDF in my bathroom because I've heard it shouldn't get wet

    1. It has held up perfectly. Not one it of a worry. It looks as good as the day it was installed. I love it.

  25. amazing the difference these small changes can make!