replace or strip old baseboards


Old 10-17-05, 08:46 AM
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replace or strip old baseboards

We have a house that is around 100 years old. We're in the process of remodelling the house (mostly bathrooms/kitchen) but we're in a dilema with what to do with baseboards. Most of the trim has been painted white and some of it is scratched/dented. And we have a whole 3rd floor that has been gutted to the studs.

We want to get rid of the white and have all wood stained trim. Also we want trim that matches the old. Should we strip the old or tear out and replace with new? All the trim is BIG (2 piece baseboard that is 8" high and 5" window/door trim). Our initial quote is around $3.50 a foot for the baseboard and $1.50 for window/door trim for new trim.

This is a DIY project and i hate the idea of stripping but new trim will be VERY expensive. Any advice?
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Old 10-17-05, 09:41 AM
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It is unlikely that any new wood will match the old even if it is the same size and style. Your house likely has old growth wood which is more stable and the grain [and lack of knots] will look defferent. Although it envolves more work I would vote to retain the old woodwork where ever possible.

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