How to Finish Quarter Round Molding

  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-100
What You'll Need
Putty knife
Tool set
Quarter round molding ( this are mainly found in two varieties wood and plastic)
Measuring tape
Chop miter saw

Quarter round molding is a unique concept that not only makes your floor attractive but also protects it from getting dirty. After all, who does not love attractive wood floors? These wooden floors not only look attractive but also add beauty to the house. Just following a few simple guidelines, you can create a Spartan look for your room all by yourself.

Step 1: Coloring the Quarter Round Mold

Get hold of a quarter-round mold and color them as per your requirement. Ensure that you give the quarter-round mold adequate time to dry up; otherwise, you will end up smudging the paint. Ideally, first, you should apply a color coat to ensure the color grips the mold well. Once the coat dries, apply the desired color.

Step 2: Select the Right Sized Mold

All quarter-round molds that are available in the market are around ¾ inches thick. This is their actual thickness. Hence, it is important to choose the mold size with extra care.

Step 3: Cutting the Mold

Just like in the case of installing a foot mold, even for a quarter-round mold, one needs to make cuts at an angle of 45 degrees. So, if you need to mold all the four walls in your room, you need to make all cuts at the same angle of 45 degrees.

Step 4: Installing the Quarter Round Mold

Installing a quarter-round mold is simple until you come to a door. On reaching a door, keep a little extra and then cut the remaining extra part of the mold at an angle of 90 degrees. Ensure that all edges between the wall and the door are deftly covered with butt joints.

Step 5: Joining the Strips

In case of a joint or corner, ensure that the two strips of quarter round mold used to cover that area are cut at an angle of 45 degrees but in the opposite direction. This is to ensure that the molds can slide over each other and give a seamless look. Moreover, these slides will ensure that the quarter-round mold is firmly in place.

Step 6: Nail the Mold to the Floorboard

Once the quarter round mold is placed and cut, nail them onto the floorboard using nails. Ensure that you hit the nails at an angle to ensure that they penetrate the floorboard and hold the quarter-round mold in place.

Step 7: Using the Putty Knife

Once the nails are placed, cover them up using a putty knife to get an even look. This technique can also be used to smoothen out the rough edges, if any.

Expert Tip:

Remember, a quarter-round mold is not a replacement for the baseboard. It is supposed to accentuate the look of a baseboard. A baseboard is an integral part of the structure, as it gives support to the frame.