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How To Cover Toe Kick With Baseboard – Easy DIY & Video

Make your cabinets look more like beautiful furniture with this DIY! Here’s how to cover toe kick with baseboard. My cabinets look SO GOOD!

How To Cover Toe Kick With Baseboard

Base cabinet toe kicks are great, when you need to stand close to a countertop to work. BUT, if you won’t be standing in front of the cabinet, toe kicks aren’t necessary.

And, you can add a ton of built in furniture charm by covering a cabinet toe kick with baseboard.

Image of baseboard installed over the toekick on a cabinet. Text says "Cover A Toe Kick With Baseboard".

You can see more of my favorite ways to make cabinets look like built in furniture in a previous post. And, check out this post for the full Before & After Home Office Makeover.

Now, let’s get to how to cover a toe kick with baseboard.

What You Need

  • Baseboard – Pick one tall enough to cover the toe kick. I recommend using the same baseboard used on the walls in the room, when possible.
  • Plywood or lumber to use as the toe kick filler.
  • Miter Saw
  • Possibly A Table Saw
  • Brad Nailer & Nails
  • Paintable Caulk (I like this one)
  • Wood Filler

DIY Steps To Cover A Toekick With Baseboard

IMPORTANT: Decide whether or not you need to remove the flooring under the toe kick before you add the baseboard.

If it’s carpet, definitely pull it back. You can cut the excess carpet off after you’ve installed the baseboard.

If it’s any other type of flooring, decide if you want, or need, to remove it before installing baseboard on the cabinets. You can install baseboard over most types of flooring, except carpet.

But, if you plan on changing the flooring before removing the cabinets, you’ll have to remove the baseboard to remove the flooring.

So, decide whether or not to remove the flooring inside the toe kick. And, if yes, remove it before moving on to step one.

Image of someone removing carpet.
I replaced this carpet with tile. BUT, if I wanted to keep the carpet, I would have pulled it back while installing the new baseboard.
New tile installed around a built in cabinet.
I installed the baseboard on the cabinet before installing the new tile.

Step One – Measure The Toe Kick Opening

The first step to cover toe kick with baseboard is to carefully measure the inside area of the toekick. You need to know the height, depth, and length of the toe kick so that you can build a filler.

Image of someone measuring a toe kick.

Step Two – Cut A C-Shaped Filler

Once you know the measurements, you can build a C-Shaped filler to put inside the toe kick. The filler acts as a backing and support for the baseboard.

I actually made an L-shaped filler since the top of my baseboard would cover the bottom of the cabinet.

If you can cover the face of the cabinet with 1/3″ or 1/2″ of the top of the baseboard, you can build an L-shaped filler too.

Someone using a Miter Saw.
Marking my cuts for the toe kick filler with a pencil.

I used my table saw to cut plywood to size to build my filler. Then I cut it to length on my Miter Saw. I finished by building the filler with wood glue and my Brad Nailer.

Step Three – Attach The Filler To The Cabinet

Once you have the cabinet toe kick filler built, slide it into the toe kick area and brad nail it into the cabinet. You want enough nails to hold it securely in place.

Don’t use wood glue or construction adhesive for jobs like this. It’s not necessary and it will make deconstruction harder later.

Image of wood filling a toe kick.
You can see the L-shaped filler in the toe kick here. If you build a C-shaped filler, flip it around and install it with the long back against the cabinet so that you can nail the filler onto the cabinet.

Step Four – Cut And Install The Baseboard

Once the filler has been attached inside the toe kick, measure and cut the baseboard. You’ll need to know the length you need and the height.

If the baseboard you bought is too tall for your cabinet, you can cut across the bottom of the baseboard to reduce the height. You can use a table saw for that.

Cutting baseboard on a table saw.
I cut an inch or so off the bottom of this baseboard before installing it on my cabinet.

Then cut it to length with your Miter Saw.

Once it’s cut, install the baseboard with a Brad Nailer. You can see how I do it in the video below. Angle the brad nails slightly when installing.

The angled nails hold the baseboard nice and tight. It also makes it harder for the baseboard to accidentally back out.

Image of baseboard installed on a cabinet.

Step Five – Use Wood Filler And Caulk

Once the cabinet baseboard is installed over the toe kick, use wood filler on the nail holes. Let it harden, then sand it smooth.

Then, you can use caulk on the joints between the baseboard and the cabinet. Be sure to wipe away excess caulk with a damp cloth before it can dry. And, don’t forget to use a paintable caulk.

You can see a more detailed explanation of using wood filler and caulk on trim in a previous post.

Step Six – Paint The Baseboard

Now you can paint the new baseboard to match the cabinet. And, that’s it. Your beautiful cabinets have a new built in furniture look after you’ve covered the cabinet toe kick with baseboard.

Image of a baseboard cabinet with baseboard installed over the toekick. For a post about how to cover toe kick with baseboard.

That beautiful baseboard looks great on these office built in cabinets.

Large, organized home office with green storage cabinets and shelves with white walls and trim. And, organized office shelves with nice decorations.
You can see more of this Before & After Home Office Makeover with Green Built-Ins in a previous post.

How To Cover A Cabinet Toe Kick – Video

If any of the steps above are confusing, watch this short video to see how I installed baseboard over the toekick on my cabinets.

How To Cover A Toe Kick With Baseboard On Cabinets - Works On Kitchen Cabinets Too!

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