Painter's Tip: Use a small flat bar or wide putty knife to pry the shoe mold and baseboard from the wall. Be careful not to dent the drywall or baseboard during the removal process. It helps to place a thin piece of wood or a putty knife between the pry bar and wall to protect the drywall from any damage. Remove nails by pulling them through the back to prevent marring the face.
Safety Tip: Older houses (pre 1978) are at a higher risk of containing lead-based paint. Use respiratory protection when sanding. Refer to the EPA pamphlet titled Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home for more details.