Installing new flooring, putting in replacement windows and adding decorative moldings to your home sometimes requires a little bit of something extra to finish the job. But what type of trim work is small enough for these types of applications?
This versatile molding is a small molding that is designed to go along the edge of two perpendicular surfaces. The molding styles include quarter round, chamfered, and ogee style shoe moldings. These moldings are between 1/2 and 3/4 of an inch thick.
Shoe Molding Uses
The original design of shoe molding was to compliment traditional baseboard trim by adding a profile to the top of the baseboard and creating a seamless looking piece. As time has gone on, shoe molding is more commonly used when the addition of flooring, is added to a home. Removing the baseboards of an entire room can be as much work as installing the new floor. With shoe, molding, the flooring can be installed and the gap between the trim and the floor can be concealed by the shoe molding.
Shoe molding also makes a great window stop when adding replacement windows to a home. When installed properly, they look like they have always been part of the window. Replacement windows are a great option for older homes that have decorative window casings and trim work that could be damaged if removed. The replacement of the panes themselves with a profiled window is a great solution to replacing windows. If the trim on the inside creates a lip, the show molding may be installed on the exterior to hold the window in place.
Because shoe molding is so versatile, you can really add shoe molding for a lot of projects. Add it to the front of shelving to give the shelves a manicured curved edge. You can even secure shoe molding to the top of a shelf to create built in separators for mail or important papers. One fun trick is to nail the shoe molding in multiple rectangles along the bottom third of your wall to create panels. Add a chair rail above these panels and you have the elegant look of wainscoting for about 1/8 of the price.
Shoe molding is small and requires a small nails to install it properly. An 18 gauge finish nail gun works very well, however and 16 gauge finish nailer will work. It is a good practice to glue the corners of the molding together so they do not separate between the moisture changes from season to season.
Shoe molding is an inexpensive way to compliment a home and with its multiple uses, the imagination is the only real obstacle to using this versatile building material.