Re: Installing Shoe Molding after Carpet removed
A typical base shoe is 3/4", so if you've only got a 1/4" gap, then you've got nothing to worry about. If you've got more gap than what the typical shoe will cover, then you can double up moldings to not only cover the gap but create a more interesting "new" molding.
As for finish, that is more of a personal preference, whether you match the floor or match the base, either way is acceptable. I recommend finishing the molding before installation, then touching up as necessary once installed.
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