I am renovating a home built in the mid 1990s - with oak everywhere! The window casings are 2" 356 colonial and are in good condition, so I am just painting them an off-white. The baseboards need to be replaced though. Should I replace with a wider colonial? Or can I go with a more modern smooth baseboard? Am going for a modern, contemporary look (on a budget so not keen to replace window casings). Thanks.
This is really more of a decorating question than a remodeling question. Structurally they don't need to match because moulding is not structural.
Oak moulding is an expensive upgrade from your traditional painted pine. It costs about 2x per linear foot than pine. It is a shame to paint it but to each his own. Some day someone will be back here asking how to strip all this beautiful oak that someone painted.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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