Buying The Right Pine Baseboard
by Marcel Hudson
Pine baseboard is a great option when it comes to baseboards because it is inexpensive, but nice looking. In addition, pine can match most dcor without too much effort or expense. There are even cases where people own things made of pine, but have no idea because of the way the piece is stained or painted. When you have a baseboard made of pine it can be the same situation.
When you are choosing your pine baseboard you need to decide right away whether or not you want baseboards that have knots in them. If you think that you might paint your baseboards then you probably should look at choosing pine that doesn't have as many knots it in it. If you by some pine pieces that have more than their fair share of knots the paint job may end up uneven and show the knots despite your best attempts to cover them with the paint.
You should probably go with a stain instead of paint if you want to choose boards that have lots of knots in them. You can also use a clear sealant instead of stain. You will need to coat the baseboards with something though whether it is a stain, paint or another sealant. If you do decide to go with a stain, the it is best to stay away from an oak stain because the knots are a dead giveaway for pine.
If you decide to paint your baseboards then you need to consider doing it after they are installed. The reason for this is the nail holes. Baseboards are installed most often using small finishing nails. Although these nails are quite small they still are noticeable if the boards have been painted prior to installation. You will however, want to prime the boards before installation. Priming the boards will help the final coat of paint to stay on the board after it's installed and then painted.
Whatever you do, do not go for low quality pine skirting because you'll end up wasting half of it as it simply wont be good enough to use.
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