I recently purchased a condo in a downtown building that was converted
to condos. One of the first improvements that I would like to make is
to replace the molding (base and casings) in the great room and the
bedroom. Currently, it has that very cheap-looking plastic stuff. I
would like to go with a nice pine molding that is painted white. I
picked up a book that describes how to tackle a job like this, but I
still have a few questions that I thought I would post:
1. I am pretty sure that the interior walls in the condo use metal
framing. How is molding (or anything else for that matter) nailed into
2. Because the floors are concrete covered in laminate, I notice that
floor along one of the longer walls in the great room is not perfectly
straight, but tends to curve a little bit. Will it be possible to get
wood molding to conform to a slight curve? Also, will white molding
with darker walls tend to accentuate this curvature?
3. Is it preferable to add a shoe to the base, or not?
4. I was planning on tackling this job using nothing more than a mitre
box, back saw and a hammer and nails. Does that sound reasonable? Its
a small condo (800 sq ft), so its not a huge job.
5. One last question....there is a wall that divides the bedroom from
the great room that does not go all the way to the ceiling (11 ft
ceiling, wall is probably 8 ft). The wall is perfectly flat on top.
It kinda looks unfinished as it is. I was thinking of adding a flat
shelf along the top of the wall that is wider that the wall by about 1
inch on each side, and then puting some crown molding along both sides
under the shelf. Does that sound like a reasonable idea? Are there
better approaches that I should be considering?
Any insight or tips is REALLY appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!