Nate Swanson

At Woodgrain, we’re always expanding our product offerings to reflect innovative and current styles. This year, we’re adding 40 new door designs, and 7 of those belong to the new Barn Door Collection. This collection is one of my favorites because it’s so versatile. If you’re considering adding a barn door to your home, I hope the questions and answers below help you make the decision.

What inspired Woodgrain to create the new Barn Door Collection?

We’ve seen barn doors emerge as an interior design trend, and it’s one we think has staying power. Barn doors make a wonderful functional accent piece for a wide variety of rooms – from closets to kitchens to bedrooms and more, there are so many possibilities. Any door on a rail can technically be considered a barn door and the style extends beyond the classic rustic look. Barn doors complement modern, industrial, and traditional interiors as well.

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KAL 180

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What options are available in the Woodgrain Barn Door collection?

There are seven new Barn Door designs and five different species to choose from:

  • Knotty Alder
  • Knotty Pine
  • Radiata Pine
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • MDF Primed Router carved

Doors in the collection offer 2/6 through 3/6 width options and are available in 6/8, 7/0, and 8/0 heights. Learn more about the options here.

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With these options, there are endless possibilities to design the look right for your home.

What distinguishes Woodgrain Barn Doors?

Products within our Barn Door Collection are constructed here in the U.S. and are built with Woodgrain’s superior craftsmanship. We are proud to uphold the industry’s highest standard of authentic stile and rail construction. Each barn door features a ¾” panel design to highlight the definition and elegance of the v-groove design. The mulls in each layout are full thickness and engineered to meet flush with the stiles and rails to provide a unique combination of beauty, strength and durability.

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We’re excited about the new  Barn Door Collection and feel that it will be a great addition to Woodgrain Doors’ product offering. We’ve showcased the collection at recent industry events, and I’m happy to see that others feel as excited about it as we are.

For more information about about the Barn Door Collection and distribution partners visit WoodgrainDoors.com.

 

Joseph Merkley

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According to the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, post-Super Bowl Blues are real, and not to be taken lightly. As a huge football fan myself, I can definitely relate. But why would I bring this up now when we’re in the throes of anticipation of the game?

Because no matter your team, scheduling some weekend activities to fill the Sunday football void will smooth the transition to off-season. Here are some weekend projects I recommend to take your mind off those (soon-to-be) empty Sundays:  

Wainscoting

Wainscoting encompasses a wide variety of paneling styles and is used to enhance many different interior spaces, including mantels, stairways, home galleries, and more. DIY blog Sunlit Spaces has a great list of wainscoting ideas here. When picking the style, consider the impact you want to make in your room. Do you prefer a formal look, or something more casual? Traditional or modern? Would you like to make a statement in the room or do you prefer a more subdued style? There are a lot of options!

A common style that fits many spaces is two-tone wainscoting. If this look is right for your home, I recommend purchasing Finished Elegance for an easy, durable installation.

Replace a door and repurpose the old one

Most of us have at least one pesky door nagging to be replaced – whether the style is dated, it blocks too much light, or the pets have ruined it. Replacing a door can transform an entire room. The first steps to replacing a door are choosing style and materials. Vanessa Brunner of Houzz has a great guide to selecting interior doors here. You can see a collection of customizable styles from Woodgrain here.

Once you’ve replaced the door, consider repurposing it. CountryLiving suggests 17 ideas ranging from entertainment console (for when football season finally returns!) to hanging picnic tables for summer entertaining.

Moulding art

Hear me out. Moulding art may sound like the worst possible football replacement, but Better Homes and Gardens has some awesome ideas here. My favorites are the kids’ art gallery and the headboard.

These three ideas are just the start – once you get on a roll, you may find that home improvement projects are the perfect football replacement. (OK, that’s clearly an exaggeration, but you can see where I’m coming from.) Let us hear about your results, and in the meantime, go Broncos!

Joe Wettstein

Holidays are settling down and the year is coming to an end. How many of you are returning to your 2015 New Year’s resolutions before crafting new ones for 2016? If you’re like me and many others, you had some sort of home improvement project on your list for the year. If that project was installing moulding, I’d like to offer a few tips to help you wrap up that up.

It’s no secret that I highly recommend Finished Elegance® – the most durable, flawless, and easy-to-install moulding on the market. For the person trying to wrap up a moulding project with a limited time frame, there’s just no better option. You can see the steps required to install traditional moulding compared to installing Finished Elegance below:

Finished Elegance Steps 

Because Finished Elegance is already coated with Eastman Cerfis Technology, it does not require painting. The benefit to you: less time to install and less frustration. You can see a video of the installation process here:

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Whether you elect traditional moulding or Finished Elegance, here are some tips to help you get started and finish your project:  

    1. Educate yourself first. Pick your moulding type, and dedicate the time needed based on the size of your space. YouTube is a great resource not just for cat videos, but for tutorials on installing moulding, as well.
    2. Measure twice! Take time to make sure your measurements are accurate. Once you’re in the store, purchase the amount of moulding you think you need PLUS 15% more. Measurement mistakes are almost inevitable, and having that extra moulding will save you a trip back to the store.   
    3. It’s all about the tools. I highly recommended using a nail gun and miter saw for the smoothest installation process. If you don’t have these tools at home, you can borrow them from a friend or rent them.

Best of luck completing your resolution home improvement projects, and Happy New Year from all of us here at Woodgrain!

Joseph Merkley

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Is it already December? It’s hard to believe, but winter holidays are upon us, and my wife has been happily decorating our home for Christmas. Her enthusiasm inspired me to share some easy DIY holiday ideas using wood you may find around your home or that can be purchased inexpensively at your nearby Home Depot or other hardware store.

This first project idea came from a festive purchase my wife just made: a dowel Christmas tree. If you have some basic tools and 30 minutes to spare, you can follow this excellent tutorial from lifestyle blogger Rubyellen of Cakies. Don’t have dowels around? For a selection of dowels to purchase for the project, click here.

Did you just replace your old moulding with Finished Elegance? Don’t throw it away just yet! Courtney from Diamond in the Stuff recommends using scrap wood and moulding to create a festive Christmas tree. Add different shades of green paint for a quick and fun way to recycle leftover pieces. For a Hanukkah celebration, follow Randi’s advice from Sowdering About in Seattle to create an antiqued Happy Hanukkah sign with scrap wood.

Need a centerpiece for family gatherings? Robin from Happy at Home has a quick tutorial for a custom wooden statement piece using scrap 1X4s and 1X2s. She decorated her centerpiece with stones, but you could use wide candles, greenery, or ornaments. A versatile piece, no matter your occasion.

I hope this list inspires you to be creative this holiday season. Comment below to let us know how your projects turn out!

Joe Wettstein

Finished Elegance

Wondering if Finished Elegance moulding is right for your home? We’ve answered some frequently asked questions below to help you make the decision.

  1. How does Finished Elegance differ from traditional moulding?
    The main difference is that Finished Elegance is coated on all four sides and requires no painting. It comes installation-ready.
  2. How does the Finished Elegance coating compare to traditional painted millwork?
    Finished Elegance is coated (not painted) on all four sides with Eastman Cerfis™ technology. Cerfis technology was developed and patented by Eastman Chemical Company, and Woodgrain Millwork is the only North American manufacturer to use this proprietary technology. The result is precise, consistent, and customizable coating that provides superior durability. If you need moulding that will hold up over time, Finished Elegance is exactly what you’re looking for.
  3. If Finished Elegance costs more than traditional moulding, how am I saving money?
    Since Finished Elegance requires no painting, the upfront cost is offset by the time, materials, and overhead savings.
  4. How do I install Finished Elegance?
    Install Finished Elegance in three easy steps: First, cut the moulding to fit your wall. Then, install the pieces with traditional moulding installation tools. Finally, fill/caulk to create a seamless finish. Click here to see the easy installation process in action.
  5. What profile options do I have with Finished Elegance?
    Finished Elegance has 55 unique profiles to complete any room in your home. Profiles include primary applications and decorative moulding applications such as build-ups, judges paneling and architraves. To see the available profiles and select the right one for your home, please click here.
  6. Can I paint Finished Elegance?
    While Finished Elegance requires no painting, it can be painted should you opt to change the color. If you are going to paint Finished Elegance we encourage you to take the following steps:
    1. Scuff with general purpose scuff pad or equivalent (320 grit or higher)
    2. Wipe clean with damp towel/cloth and allow to dry before painting

If you paint Finished Elegance, the paint can only dry from the outside in due to the coating. Therefore, dry times may be longer than normal.

Does Finished Elegance sound right for you? You can purchase Finished Elegance at The Home Depot stores as well as many ProDealers (lumberyards and door shops). Click here for buying locations near you.

For additional inspiration, take a look at our Finished Elegance Pinterest board here. You can also learn more at finishedelegance.com.

Have any additional questions? Please contact us or leave a comment below. We would love to hear about your experience with Finished Elegance.

Renae Crill

Let’s face it – in the grand scheme of home projects, organizing your dresser drawers probably falls pretty low on the priority list. Though it may seem insignificant in the big picture, drawer organization is actually an impactful project that can help with daily time management. When you can see what you own, you’ll spend less time searching for what you need and more time doing something productive!

This DIY drawer organization project offers full customization for your needs at a reasonable price. Using dentil moulding and mull, you can cut out dividers to make an organization system that works for your drawer contents. Whether it’s socks, ties, or t-shirts, you have the ability to completely tailor the organizer to the shape and size you desire.

Check out this great DIY article below:

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For more information on our product offering to create a similar system for your drawers, visit woodgraindistribution.com.

Nate Swanson

When customers are looking to select interior and exterior doors to complement their décor there are many options available in the market today. So why should they purchase wood stile and rail doors over the other options?

Beauty. Strength. Durability.

Woodgrain Doors combines all three of these features in every door we offer. A wood door provides a unique look for every door. The specie of wood also impacts the grain pattern and natural color of the door. No two wood doors will ever look the same. When staining or clear coating your door, the rich look of the wood will show through and add warmth. Each door truly adds its own unique beauty to the aesthetic of the home.

Woodgrain’s quality craftsmanship upholds the industry’s highest standard of authentic stile and rail construction and is committed to using the highest quality raw materials to build our doors. The solid wood stile and rails are found in all of our door types along with solid wood panels for the full panel doors, providing increased strength and durability for each door.

The overall benefits of wood doors over other door types include:

  • Superior aesthetics
  • Increased strength and durability
  • Energy efficiency through increased insulation
  • Better sound barrier
  • Increased resistance to fire, slower burn rate

With the breadth of styles, designs and options offered, the superior craftsmanship and the increased strength and durability from Woodgrain Doors, customers are sure to find a door that meets their functional needs as well as enhancing the charm of their home.

For more information on our product offering to create a similar piece in your home, visit woodgraindoors.com.

Kelly Dame

At Woodgrain we have more than 60 years of rich tradition in the millwork and home building industry. From our humble beginnings in 1954 to our burgeoning international company today, one thing has remained the same – our commitment to safety.

The President’s Safety Award was created to reward the Woodgrain division that has the best safety performance over the course of each calendar year. The best safety performance is determined by scoring the Total Recordable Incidence Rate, Lost Workday Incidence Rate, and a financial metric that reflects the severity of accidents.

I am proud to announce that Woodgrain Distribution was awarded the President’s Safety Award for 2014, primarily by keeping accident severity low. At Woodgrain, we are passionate about safety for our employees across all divisions. We are proud of the continued efforts of our Woodgrain Distribution division, and ask that we continue to pride ourselves on the health and safety of our workforce. With further dedication to the common cause, we can have zero accidents in the coming year.

Thank you for doing your job safely and efficiently. Let’s keep everyone safe in 2015.

Safety: It Takes All of Us.

Cathy Leonard

Windsor

Did you know 94% of buyers do some form of online research before purchasing products? Homebuilders, designers and homeowners alike turn to the Internet to research the construction and remodeling materials that will go into their home – whether it’s to visually inspect a product, find certain functionality they desire or scan the energy ratings to meet local regulations. Those searches represent a small but significant part of the more than 1 trillion searches conducted on Google each year.

At Windsor Windows & Doors, our goal is to provide value during every step of the home building and/or renovation process. We understand how important online research is during the planning stage, as well as after the purchase. For the past several months, Windsor has been quietly working away to build a useful new website that will meet the needs of our two distinctive audiences:

1) The homeowner, who wants to learn about our company, research our products, and select the perfect options and accessories to meet their needs.

2) The industry professional that needs easy access to technical information such as sizing information, performance data and specifications.

Here’s how you can use the new Windsor website to help make a stunning and energy efficient home:

  • Architectural Reference Information – get precise architectural elevations, sizes and product specifications
  • Energy Performance Search Tool – find the specific product with the performance you need
  • Installation Instructions – download step-by-step guidelines for installing all products
  • Parts & Service Information – see illustrations of various components to find replacement parts
  • Windows & Doors 101 – discover how to select the best product for each application
  • Photo Library – find inspiration for your next project
  • Product Details – research the unique features and benefits of Windsor products
  • Warranties – get details on our window and patio door warranties
  • Case Studies & Testimonials – hear from professionals who have successfully used Windsor products and see photography from intriguing projects and product applications
  • Stories of Interest – read stories about exciting Windsor projects from across the country
  • Dealer Locator – find the nearest Windsor distributor, complete with Google map & driving directions
  • Careers – submit resumes and inquire about employment opportunities

The fresh layout, responsive design, dynamic photography and intuitive navigation will make it easy to find whatever you need, regardless of your role in the home construction process.

The new design allows viewers to see the information on any electronic device… desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. You can easily find resources, whether you’re on a job site or viewing from home. You can maneuver throughout the site by scrolling and swiping, similar to a mobile application.

The new Windsor Windows & Doors website is scheduled to launch in early April. Go to windsorwindows.com first when you begin your next project.

Renae Crill

American Craftsman homes originated in the early 1900’s with the works of two prolific architects in Pasadena, CA. Charles and Henry Greene were influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement in England, and similarly worked to promote the fine touch of craftsmen in making a house into a home. From California, this home style spread throughout the country into the 1920’s.

These days, the term Craftsman is commonly used to describe a home that expresses Arts and Crafts aesthetics. This particular building style is best identified through its architecture and interior design. A popular form of the Craftsman style is found in a bungalow.

On the exterior, Craftsman homes typically showcase intricate millwork and great attention to detail. Many homes have low-pitched roofs, single dormer windows, tapered columns, exposed beams, decorative supports, multi-pane windows and large front porches. Interior touches include an open floor plan, natural materials, built-ins, and wide window and door casing.

Whether you currently own a Craftsman home or simply appreciate the delicate architectural detail, you can embrace similar stylistic choices with a simple DIY project. This Craftsman door casing tutorial outlines how to frame an interior door for a sleek, simple finish using 1″ X 4″, 3/4″ X 2″ and 1/2″ X 2″ boards. With only five S-4-S boards, you can frame a door to insert instant character and charm into your home.

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For more inspiration for architectural statements in your home, check out our Woodgrain Distribution website’s updated Photo Gallery. To see our full offering of boards, visit our Product Finder.