For some reason whenever I finish putting down a floor, I always take an extra couple of months before I’m ready to put down the shoe molding. Why? It is definitely not because it is hard, but maybe because sometimes I procrastinate. And I will not tell a lie, I hated trying to measure the length that I needed with tape measures, holding it against the wall, etc. So, today I have to show you a really easy way to measure and cut those angles. Trust me; this will make your life very simple.
So, first measure the length of the wall section where you plan to put the shoe molding. On a sheet of paper draw how you will be placing the molding against the wall and how you need the direction of the angle to be cut. See the picture below. This will help you see which part needs to be cut, what angle needs to be cut, and where you will need to measure the length from.
Typically I start by cutting the angle off of one end of the shoe molding using a miter saw. If you do not have one, then you could always use a handsaw and an angle box. Once you do that, place it against a ruler and mark it at the correct measurement in the direction of the angle. Remember, follow your diagram that you drew.
Utilizing this method allows you to cut multiple boards accurately at the same timeJ Now, take them inside and prepare to attach.
There are times when the length needed for installment may be longer than the ruler. In this case I just marked all the way to the end of the board and then slid it up to the beginning and then marked the additional inches.
When you are getting ready to attach the shoe molding, make sure that place it against the wall and make sure it fits. If it does, hold it firmly in place and nail with 18g finishing nails. The nails should be about 6 to 8 inches apart unless more are needed. Remember, you are nailing the shoe molding into the baseboards not the flooring itself.
If you have an area that is longer than your shoe molding, you will need to attach two ends together at a 45 degree angle.
As you are attaching the corners, sometimes there may be small gaps. Don’t worry. When you are completely finished you will fill all the gaps with caulk and paint for a beautiful finish!