What is a pretty skirt without a finished hem?
We are smack dab in the middle of dressing up these stairs (the treads are still the construction set and I'll share how we finished out the risers soon), starting first by adding a skirt to the stairs.
The main reason we skirted the stairs was so we could easily transition the baseboard trim down the hall from upstairs,
And then right around the corner,
And right down the stairs.
Without a skirt, we'd have had to do ump-teen mitered cuts, down each riser, along each tread, down the next riser, and so on. We'd still be cutting corners - literally.
And what the heck to do if the treads have a bullnose front?????
The 2-Tylenol-once-in-a-while my midwife okayed are definitely not enough to undertake that headache.
Now put a skirt on it, and we are really talking the corner cutting I like - as in just two corners.
The first corner is like the rest of the baseboard in the Momplex - just an outside mitered corner. It's a good idea to start your skirt allowing the baseboard to run horizontally so you avoid impossible double beveled corners. You have to pick, angle or bevel - there's no having your angle and beveling it too.
So after the baseboard bevels around the corner, we'll need to angle down the stairs.
So how to find this angle cut???
It's easier than you'd ever guess and no fancy tools required! Nope - you won't even need to raid your kids schools supplies for a compass.
And just continue right down the stairs and on to the landing, and right down to the lower level.
I know, it really should be more difficult than this, shouldn't it? Don't tell Mom we cut just a few corners on these stair base mouldings, okay?
We were really hoping to get some homemade cookies over this base moulding job.
Or at least that beaming proud parent look.