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Beading instead of replacing skirting

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silversixpence Sat 23-Apr-16 12:13:36

Unfortunately we had the house re plastered and painted with the old skirting in place, and now we have come to lay the flooring we've realised it would have been better to have them taken off. Now DH doesn't want the hassle and cost of removing skirting so we've had to go for beading which I insisted I didn't want!

Can white beading (skirting is white) look ok (as in the photo) and will I stop caring/noticing once it's all done? Having just spent a fortune on engineered oak I want a good finish. The rooms are quite big and there will be furniture against most of the walls anyway.

LowDudgeon Sat 23-Apr-16 12:21:48

I have this & it looks ok - IMO obv grin - the only problem for me is that furniture has to stand that bit further away from the wall, & most of our floors slope inwards (wonky Victorian house) so we have to stick wedges under stuff to make it lean back

ABetaDad1 Sat 23-Apr-16 12:30:02

We had beading in a Georgian listed house we bought with wooden floors we have restored. We took all the beading off, filled, sanded the skirting and undercoated, filled again and sanded and painted. There is a gap under it in places but frankly it looks like an old house is supposed to look.

Don't do it. Just sand and paint very carefully so you don't get paint on the wood floor. After a while you will stop noticing and furniture will cover most of it.
If there are especially wide gaps you can slide a wedge shaped strip under with glue on the top edge and then sand it flat once secured.

ABetaDad1 Sat 23-Apr-16 12:32:04

If you want an even gap you could get a multi-tool and shave an even slice off. Put an piece of sheet steel under the skirting for the blade to slide over so it does dig into the floor. It s a lot of faff though so don't bother unless its really bad.

VagueIdeas Sat 23-Apr-16 12:33:44

We have beading and it looks shit (it was here when we moved in) but I have to say it looks better when painted white.

Having said that, when we get around to replacing the flooring, I'll replace the skirting board with it.

silversixpence Sat 23-Apr-16 13:02:05

We won't be replacing the flooring for years as it cost us 3k shock

Well I felt quite stressed about it this morning but in the grand scheme of things I have too much else to do I the house to give it too much head space. If it looks awful in the first room though I might reconsider before they do the others! I

ABetaDad1 Sat 23-Apr-16 17:04:10

What is it that is actually wrong?

silversixpence Sat 23-Apr-16 17:27:07

I just didn't like beading compared to just having skirting to hide the gap.

AmyInTheBoonies Sat 23-Apr-16 17:40:41

I took the old skirting off and it didn't wreck the plaster, only a few bits which needed filling.

Having previously had beading I would always fit under the skirting now, It is a hassle and I nearly didn't bother but very pleased I did. Beading ruined the look of my expensive real wood floor. I actually put quickstep laminate down next when I took the skirting off for and the overall look was much better despite floor costing half as much.

silversixpence Sat 23-Apr-16 20:25:11

Actually the white isn't bad although not ideal. But I won't be making the same mistake again!

BMW6 Sat 23-Apr-16 22:41:40

Our beading is stained to match the flooring rather than white.

Yours looks fine to me!

AmyInTheBoonies Sun 24-Apr-16 07:56:00

Yours looks fine (lovely room btw). I think as mine was a hallway it caught your eye more as it was a narrow space.

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