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Faux Baseboard

Create the look of custom trimwork with this simple faux baseboard project. It's an easy way to dress up a stairway or entry.

Faux Baseboard

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Paintbrush
  • Hammer


  • Painter's tape  (#53140)
  • Paint (to match existing paint)
  • 8' Pine Shoe Molding  (#3366)
  • 1-3/4"  x 8'  Primed Chair Rail (#158485)
  • 1 1/4-inch finishing nails (#69150)
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Step 1

Clean and prepare the wall to paint.

Step 2

Determine the height of the faux baseboard and apply painter's tape to desired height.

Step 3

Paint faux baseboard desired color (we matched ours to the stairs).

Step 4

Paint shoe molding and chair rail the same color as faux baseboard.

Step 5

Using finishing nails, attach shoe molding to edge of stair tread (where stair meets wall). Using finishing nails, attach chair rail to top of faux baseboard.

Step 6

Touch up nail holes with paint.