Baseboards: Finishing Touches

No matter how meticulously you measure your baseboard joints, there are bound to be gaps in the joints.  If left like this, your DIY baseboard job is bound to look like a home job.

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Above is a rounded 45 degree corner joint.  It’s a tough one.  Caulk is the obvious answer to filling the joints, but before you jump to the caulk, sanding down the transition edges will give you a finished product with an almost invisible joint.

Might I suggest using a set of hand files, instead of regular sand paper.
#1 – It’s easier, and
#2 – It comes out looking much more professional.

After using the files we a have nice smooth transition, no wavy bumps, and very minimal gaps:

Now go ahead and caulk your baseboards!