How to Remove Old Corner Molding

What You'll Need
A-frame ladder
Utility knife
Putty knife
Drop cloth

While corner molding can make a lovely decorative addition to a room, there are occasions when it needs to be removed, such as when you are redecorating or need to undertake some repair work. Follow these steps to remove your molding properly.

Step 1—Prepare

Start by gathering all the equipment you will need for the task. Check to see how the molding was attached in the first place, as this will help you determine which tools to use. It's almost always a good idea to lay out a drop cloth to catch the small particles that will chip off as the molding is being removed.

Step 2—Loosen Fastener

The corner molding will need to be loosened before you can remove it. Securely position the ladder so you can reach the molding without having to stretch.

Run the blade of the utility knife along the join where the molding meets the wall. This is necessary to cut through the caulk that was used to install the molding in the first place. Run it along both the upper and lower edge of the molding to be removed.

Step 3—Create Space

The space that has been created by the earlier steps can be used as a starting point to remove the corner molding completely. Starting at one end of the upper edge, position the tip of the chisel against the join and strike the end with a hammer to work it into the gap. Repeat this process at regular intervals along the length of the molding.

Once this is complete, follow the same process along the lower edge of the molding. As you're going along, be careful not to force the chisel too deep.

Step 4—Remove Molding

To finally remove the molding, position the chisel in the gap at one end. Place the putty knife between the wall and the chisel before prying it away to keep from gouging out any sections of the wall or ceiling in the process. This is easier to achieve when prying downward as opposed to the other way around.

Gently pull the chisel and the putty knife away from the surface using a smooth rolling motion. If the molding was attached with nails, they will come right out in the process.