Heather Hastings

This August, Woodgrain worked with Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning, the super-talented women of GordonDunning, and photographer (or “magical fairy genius” as Lathem calls her) Sarah Dorio, to capture moulding in a curated selection of exquisitely designed homes. The shoot was a huge success where we not only shot gorgeous photos but we also got a glimpse into the process of creating a spectacular space. Over the next couple of weeks, with guidance from Lathem and Cate, we will dissect a handful of rooms we photographed and unpack the elements of design that take it from just a room to a space that inspires.

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HH: Tell us the story of GordonDunning.

Lathem: We met at another firm, and left there to go to a different firm together, and left that firm to start our own thing. Essentially, when they paired us together at the first firm, that was it. It was love! We started GordonDunning in 2014.

HH: How would you describe your aesthetic?

Cate: There is an undercurrent of “fresh traditional” throughout our designs. There’s a lot of light, a good bit of color. Not necessarily bright color, but a lot of underlying neutral palettes and a lot of white. Our personal style is more eclectic, with antique pieces meshed with modern.

Lathem: Maybe a traditional/southern mix with a British floral component. We joke and call it “Grandma injected with color.” Color but with a breath of fresh air. A lot of antiques, stories, pieces from people’s families, which are often southern in our neck of the woods. We pair those with some bright, new things to make it what Cate describes as “fresh traditional.”

Cate: Yeah, like the guy from the Six Flags commercial, the old guy who dances. He’s classic. He’s rooted in history, but he’s got some boom-pow energy.

HH: How do you deal with color and getting people over the fear of expanding their palate or changing it up?

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Cate: The color choices need to be intentional. We get to that point with our clients’ likes and dislikes through conversation and through a game we call “Love, Hate” where we give them a bunch of items to cast their opinions upon and that helps steer the design process.

Lathem: I feel like blue and green show up in most things that we do because they’re so in tune with nature and people don’t typically tire of those. Then you punch them with something like an orange or a purple or something bright. Surprise colors are easier to incorporate when they are easy-to-remove items. Color is worth the risk because it’s what makes a statement and makes a space interesting.

HH: For the Woodgrain photo shoot, was it difficult to make moulding the focal point?

Lathem: In some spaces, moulding is the perfect supporting actress. When you switch her to the lead actress, how do you alter things so that she comes through clearly without being an afterthought? Even though the reason she’s an afterthought is because the moulding works so perfectly. This photo shoot made us think creatively, which is why we love our job because no two days are the same.

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Cate: Our clients are starting to notice the architecture of homes and the importance of details—and moulding is key to creating a finished space. They always notice when it’s not there, like when you get to your house and there are pillows and sofas but something is off. It’s the moulding. It’s the architectural details and finishings that really take the room to the next level.

HH: Speaking of the photo shoot, tell us a little about Sarah Dorio, who captured your designs so perfectly and why you are such huge fans of her work.

Lathem:  She’s magical. She’s a photographic fairy genius. How do we sum up Sarah Dorio?

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Cate: I think Sarah captures light and by doing that in interiors, she captures details that you can usually only experience when seeing a room. Somehow, in her layering and her light she catches detail and moulding in particular.

Lathem: Like Cate said, in her ability to capture light, she is able to transport you into that space and help you truly experience it.

Stay tuned for our post next week with expert tips and tricks to creating a beautiful space with GordonDunning!

Tom Hale

Moulding in and of itself adds architectural interest and design to any room, but a moulding build-up takes it to a whole new level. Build-ups are achieved by stacking two or more pieces of moulding together in order to create a unique, fully customized look. Whether you want to add a subtle design upgrade to your room or completely redesign your space, here are some ways that you can achieve the perfect look with a moulding build-up.

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Crown Moulding Build-Up

If you’re looking to add elegance and a touch of formality to your space, a crown moulding build-up is a great option. This interior trim is installed where the ceiling and the walls meet.

Installing a crown moulding build-up can be a bit challenging. However, with Ledgendary™ Crown by Woodgrain, you can now install a gorgeous crown moulding build-up quicker and easier than ever before. Our patent-pending design allows crown moulding to sit directly on the wall cleat to hold it at the perfect angle for stress-free build-up installation. Check out this step-by-step installation video to find out more.

Baseboard Build-Up

A baseboard build-up is a subtle way to add extra depth to any space. This simple upgrade looks great and doesn’t require a lot of design work. You don’t even have to fully redesign your baseboard. You can keep the original baseboard moulding and simply add additional strips of decorative moulding on top. Check out this short video clip to see an example of a baseboard build-up.

Coffered Ceiling Build-Up

A coffered ceiling build-up is a really elegant way to add dimension to any room. This type of build-up combines multiple pieces of moulding to create a grid of squares with beams. A coffered ceiling build-up easily turns a plain room into a truly eye-catching space. Check out this blog by This Old House to get tips on installing your own coffered ceiling build-up.

Chair Rail Build-Up

You can create a truly custom look for your dining room (or any space you want) by combining multiple pieces of moulding into a chair rail build-up. Chair rail was originally designed to protect the walls from being damaged by furniture. Now, chair rail is typically used as a decorative divider to differentiate between paint color, wallpaper or wainscoting. Take a look at this short video to get an idea of what a chair rail build-up entails.

Woodgrain Millwork offers a large variety of moulding products to help you create a one-on-a-kind build-up. You can check out our full list of moulding options here. You can also find our moulding at The Home Depot

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Do you have recommendations for creating a moulding build-up? Have you recently added a moulding build-up to your home? Let us know by tagging Woodgrain on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We would love to see how your project turns out.

Heather Hastings

On a typical weekend, securing a table at Le Petit Marché is no easy feat. Nestled in the historic Atlanta neighborhood of Kirkwood, the eatery’s cozy, yet eclectic, ambience is a reflection of its founder—Marchet Sparks.

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The idea came to me while traveling throughout France and seeing the countryside dotted with little markets. I thought, if I ever wanted to start a new business, I would love to open a little market. And that’s what I ended up doing when I moved to Atlanta 10 years ago. It went from a market to a café to a full-blown restaurant,” Marchet recalls.

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Marchet’s entrepreneurial-DIY-bootstrap spirit and c’est la vie attitude are evident in Le Petit Marché’s aesthetic. Working with interior designers Gavin Bernard and Alyssa Cassatto of Grafite, they created a look that Marchet describes as “my grandmother’s house meets Anthropologie.”

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Framed by crisp moulding, the floral wallpaper-adorned walls of Le Petit Marché tell a story of their own. “Pictures of my parents are everywhere around here…as well as my grandmother’s china and mirrors,” she says, pointing to a few pieces on the wall.

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Borrowing design elements from her own past, Marchet’s restaurant feels like she’s inviting you into her home. “This is design on a budget. Everything here, pretty much, is second-hand. My dad even built our specials board,” she says, motioning to the sign.

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“That’s what makes this place so interesting. Nothing matches and seems very random, but that’s intentional. I don’t want there to be any uniformity. It adds character to the space,” she explains.

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Marchet continues, “I have to give credit to Joe Alcock, the architect of this building, for giving me a great, carved out interior to build on. The pitched roof, the modern lines…the exposed wood is a nice touch because it reminds you of what this space used to be; and it wasn’t perfect.”

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Embracing imperfections is what Marchet Sparks (and by extension, Le Petit Marché) is all about: “I’ve just gone with the flow, and here we are.”

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Blending family history with comfort food to create a warm and personable atmosphere, it’s easy to feel at home at Le Petit Marché. Thank you for sharing your story (and food) with us, Marchet!

Heather Hastings

The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler and the leaves are changing colors. It’s officially fall. In the spirit of autumn, we’re sharing some of our favorite fun DIY projects to help get your home primed for the season.

DIY Fall Wreaths

In a previous blog post, we shared fun ways to dress up your exterior entryway for summer. Now, we’ve got some great DIY projects to help dress up your doors for fall. Autumn-themed wreaths are a colorful and inviting way to greet guests. This DIY design featured on Country Living uses a chalkboard, artificial fall leaves, and fake berries. The entire project costs less than $30 and looks great!

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Photo by: Michael Partenio

This adorable DIY owl wreath is sure to be a hoot. It’s made from burlap ribbon, styrofoam, a doormat and a table skirt. Check out this link for step-by-step instructions.

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Photo by: Sarah Dorio

DIY Fall Pallet Art

Wood pallets or reclaimed wood planks are a fantastic material for creating some pretty amazing fall projects, like these cool DIY pallet pumpkins from The Created Home. Pumpkins are synonymous with fall, and these definitely won’t disappoint. Plus, they don’t spoil like real pumpkins. Just start by printing out one of these pumpkin templates (template 1 or template 2). Then, line up pallets or wood planks, trace the pumpkins and secure the planks in place with screws. Finally, cut the pumpkins out and paint them. If you want to add even more texture, you can use pieces of moulding instead of pallets to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

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This festive fall pallet sign by The Magic Brush is a really simple and fun way to welcome the autumn season. Secure wood planks together and then get creative. Add paint, leaves, berries, flowers, pumpkins, etc. It’s sure to add some warmth as you welcome in the cooler weather.

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Pallet art doesn’t just belong outside. This simple and inexpensive fall pallet design from Laughing Abi brings the spirit of fall inside your home. Grab some hanging wall vases, corn stalks, a wreath and some block letters and you’re set.

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DIY Fall Mantel Art

If you have a fireplace, your mantel is another great place to add some fall decor. This unique fall mantel design by Everyday Lovely uses picture frames to highlight different autumn-themed items, like wreaths and pumpkins. You can either purchase used picture frames or create your own by cutting up pieces of moulding and gluing them together.

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If you’re really in the mood to get colorful, this fall mantel design featured on Hometalk uses pops of vibrant orange mixed with traditional fall embellishments.

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You can also use block moulding to create abstract pumpkins by pairing corks and a bit of synthetic moss for the stems and leaves. Just add a coat of your favorite autumn color and you have yourself unique pieces of seasonal art.

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DIY Fall Centerpiece

Spruce up your dining table for fall by creating a centerpiece featuring fall colors and decor. This super easy centerpiece by Addicted 2 DIY uses mason jars, wood planks, candles, autumn leaves and acorns to create a warm, rustic look. Check out this link for the full list of instructions.

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DIY Fall Wall Art

If you really want to get crafty, try your hand at creating this moulding-inspired artwork by Country Design Style. Use leftover moulding from a previous project or browse the scrap moulding pile at your neighborhood home improvement store to create your own unique look. What’s more, the stenciled board in the foreground is removable so you can swap out the design seasonally for year-round use.

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Do you have other fun fall DIY project ideas? Let us know in the comments section below or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter. We would love to hear from you. Happy fall!

Daniel Banks

If you’re new to the world of moulding, it can be overwhelming with all the different products, species and applications. While these terms may seem like a foreign language, we’re here to help translate moulding speak into something any novice can understand.

Chair Rail

Chair rail moulding gets its name because it was originally designed to protect the walls from getting damaged by furniture. Today, chair rail is more often used as a decorative divider to differentiate between two different types of paint, wallpaper or wainscoting (which we talk about later in this post). This wall moulding is typically applied a third of the way up from the floor. Chair rail is popular in dining rooms, formal living rooms, and master bedrooms (although you can install chair rail in any room). Here at Woodgrain, we offer a large variety of chair rail and wall trim products that are available at The Home Depot and other local distributors. Check out this article from DIY Network to learn how to install your own chair rail.

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Crown Moulding

This is one of the most popular types of moulding. Crown moulding is an elegant, architecturally charming interior trim that’s used where the walls and ceiling meet. Woodgrain manufactures a huge selection of crown moulding products, including our ultimate DIY crown moulding product, Ledgendary Crown. With Ledgendary Crown you can install gorgeous crown moulding easier and quicker than ever before. Check out our recent blog post to learn more. Find Ledgendary™ Crown online at The Home Depot.

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Wainscoting

Wainscoting is typically a complete piece of decorative wood paneling (or MDF, plastic or plywood) that’s at chair rail height (a third the way up your wall). In addition to adding architectural charm to your walls, wainscoting also helps protect your walls from scuffs and scratches. Check out this blog post by Wilder Publications about which wainscoting styles fit best in different rooms.

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Judges Paneling

Judges paneling is often confused with wainscoting, but it’s a bit different. While wainscoting is typically at chair rail height, judges paneling can fill up either a portion of a wall or the entire wall. Some common design elements include square or rectangle panels within a frame, like the image below.

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Casing

This type of moulding is typically applied around the perimeter of doors and windows. Outside the home, casing prevents cold air from seeping through window frames. Inside the home, casing typically matches other types of moulding in the room to provide a finished, cohesive look. Casing is also used to cover drywall from window and door installations. Learn more about types of casing in this article from HGTV. Check out the different styles and species of casing we offer here.

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Shiplap

Shiplap is a pattern of wall paneling where planks are laid out horizontally on the walls or ceiling. This type of design is common in a rustic, farmhouse or cottage style home. Woodgrain offers fully finished wall panels that can quickly and easily be installed in a classic shiplap pattern with our Rustic Accents line.

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In addition to the moulding applications mentioned above, there is also base moulding (which you install between the floor and the wall), cove moulding (concave shaped trim that you install where the wall and ceiling meet), dentil moulding (wood trim that has blocks shaped like teeth),  picture rail moulding (moulding from which you can hang pictures) and many more categories.

Additionally, don’t feel like you have to use a particular type of moulding in the way it’s specified here. Some of the most incredible designs we’ve seen are when people got creative and used moulding in non-conventional ways.

Woodgrain manufactures moulding to fit every application, whether it’s inside or outside your home. Visit our website to learn more about our full list of moulding products and where to buy them.

We hope this guide is helpful as you embark on your next moulding installation project. Have questions or comments on a specific moulding product? Contact us.

Daniel Banks

With so many different species of moulding to choose from, it can be a challenge to pick the right moulding to fit your space. To make your decision easier, it’s good to familiarize yourself with different moulding materials and their unique attributes. Check out our quick guide to help you figure out which moulding species is right for you.

Pine

Solid pine moulding has a beautiful small grain, is very easy to use and can be finished either by staining or painting. In addition to solid pine, Woodgrain offers two other types of pine moulding. The first is primed finger joint pine. This style of pine moulding is made up of finger jointed pine to create a continuous piece of moulding in whatever length is needed. It’s already primed with white water-based paint, making it easy to finish with whichever paint color you want. The second is raw finger joint moulding. It’s just like the primed finger joint moulding, but requires priming and painting.

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Finished Elegance®

Whether you’re adding moulding to the ceiling, baseboards or walls, Finished Elegance® is a practical solution to achieve a durable, flawless finish for your interior space. This moulding species is particularly great because it’s resistant to scratching, marring, dents, moisture, and splitting. It also has a silky smooth finish and doesn’t require any painting. Learn more about our product here.

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Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)

MDF is an engineered wood product cut and moulded from wood fiber mixed with resin sheet stock to make a solid piece of moulding. This species of moulding doesn’t have a grain, is less likely to split, crack or warp than solid wood and is cheaper than many other moulding products. Most MDF is primed with a white water-based paint coat, making it easy to finish. You can paint MDF any color you like.

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Oak

The warmth and natural beauty of oak moulding is in a league of its own. Unlike pine, solid oak moulding has a very coarse grain, making it particularly attractive if you have a rustic style home (although oak is a wonderful option no matter your style). This durable moulding can easily be finished with stain or varnish to create a really gorgeous look.

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Knotty Alder

Knotty Alder is medium-density wood that’s a bit softer than oak. This species of moulding shows off the natural knots of the wood, which helps create an elegant rustic look when finished. To complete the look of your moulding, you can either add stain or varnish.

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Woodgrain Distribution carries eleven different species of moulding, including all of the species mentioned above. Check out our full list of moulding species here. You can also find several of our moulding options at The Home Depot.

Do you have a favorite species of moulding? Let us know what worked best for you in the comments section below.

Brooks Dame

Recently on our blog, we’ve shared tips for choosing a front door as well as interior doors, but we haven’t talked much about door hardware. Selecting the right door hardware can significantly enhance the look of your doors. Here is a list of some door hardware options and how they are best utilized to complement your design aesthetic and fit your household needs.

Door Knob

A door knob adds simplistic design to both exterior and interior doors. If you have kids in your home, knobs may be a good option for you because they are harder to turn. Door knobs come in a number of different styles, sizes, and colors. You can even opt for a glass door knob like the one pictured below. Check out this article to learn how to create your own designer door knob in just five minutes.

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Lever Handle

Some people prefer a lever handle over a door knob. Lever handles are easier to use and can provide a unique style to both interior and exterior doors. Lever door handles come in a wide variety of styles, including modern, contemporary and traditional.

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Door Handle Set

A front entry set is a great way to increase curb appeal while adding safety and security to your home. Entrance sets are two pieces. The first piece includes a lever or knob handle with a key lock. The other piece includes a lever or knob handle with a lock that you can turn without requiring the use of a key. Door handle sets come in a wide variety of styles and designs to fit the look and feel of your home.

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Dummy Sets

Dummy sets are great for hallway doors, cabinets and double door pantries because they look like a regular door knob, but they don’t require any turning. All you need to do is pull the door open. These door knobs are extremely easy to install because they don’t require a latch.

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Passage Sets

This type of door hardware is great for places like a den or a basement because it doesn’t have a lock. You can choose either a knob or a lever depending on your personal preference.

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Woodgrain Doors

Woodgrain offers the necessary components required for easy installation including jambs, frames, stops, casing legs, astragals and brick mould. Click on Door Shop Components on our products page to learn more. You can also browse our entire collection of Woodgrain Doors here.

Have any additional questions about doors and door components? Contact us or drop us a line below.

Heather Hastings

It’s hard to believe that school is already back in session for some, and about to be for others. In the spirit of the new academic year, we’ve decided to put together a list of creative DIY home classroom ideas that are both conducive for learning and aesthetically pleasing.

Moulding Wall Art

Moulding is a unique, cost-effective way to display wall art. Just cut up a strip of moulding into four pieces and then glue them together at the corners to form a picture frame. This is a great way to display school art projects or inspirational quotes, like in the image below.

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Additionally, you can nail a strip of moulding to the wall to create a DIY drying rack. Just add some colorful clothespins and you’re good to go.

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Crate Bench

Who knew that simple crates could make such functional furniture? This 30 minute DIY project costs less than $20 and turns simple box crates into a surprisingly comfortable bench. What’s even better is that it doubles as a storage shelf. You can store books, toys, school supplies or whatever else you’d like.

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Chalkboard Door

Turn a boring old door into a chalkboard! All you need is some erasable chalkboard paint. Woodgrain Doors offers a handful of doors with Dry Erase Whiteboard and Magnetic Chalkboard options. Check out our full product listing here.

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DIY Desk

No “classroom” is complete without a desk. This minimalist children’s desk is made out of two wooden boards held in place by metal brackets. You can accomplish a similar look by using individual wood panels—like our Rustic Accents products—stacked together.

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Looking for something more portable? Younger kids will love this desk made from a repurposed cabinet door. The desk takes up very little space so you can set up your “classroom” anywhere!

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Do you have other fun DIY home classroom ideas? Let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you!

Rocky Hullette

There is no doubt that Charlie Canipe, the owner of Canipe Farms in Cherryville, North Carolina, is passionate about horses. He was literally born into the business. We talked to Charlie about his farm, what he likes most about working with horses and why he chooses Nature’s Bedding for his show horses.

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How did you get started in this business?

My parents professionally trained horses and were involved in both the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), so I’ve grown up around horses my entire life. When my parents retired in 2007 they decided to close down the family farm. In 2010 I started the farm up at a different location, but after moving around for a little bit, I came back and re-established it at its original location in 2016.

It’s a 40-acre farm with a 14 stall horse show barn and a covered lunging area. Right now I’ve got eight horses on the premises. We built and designed everything on the farm ourselves.

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What do you do with your horses?

I buy, sell and train horses. I’m very involved in the American Paint Horse Association and I my competitions focus mostly on Western pleasure, though I am also involved in all around events. Those would be things like horsemanship, showmanship, halter, trail and hunter under saddle.

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What do you like most about what you do?

The thing I like most about this businesses is the challenge and the sense of accomplishment. My biggest passion is taking a two-year-old horse who hasn’t been ridden before and training him for competition.

The world of show horses is competitive, so I also enjoy going out and winning competitions. We’ve had numerous world champion horses.

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Why do you choose Nature’s Bedding for your horses?

The rep for Nature’s Bedding is a friend of mine from high school. He knew I worked with horses and wanted to get my opinion on the product. I’ve used a lot of products and I was skeptical at first, but the consistency, quality and amount of product you get for the price is just unbeatable.

When it comes down to it, people in the horse show industry are picky about a lot of things. I fall into that category with everything I use. That’s why we went with Nature’s Bedding. The quality  of the product far surpasses anything I could get my hands on for the price.

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Thank you Charlie Canipe for speaking with us about your farm and for being a distributor for Nature’s Bedding.

Tom Hale

Do your walls need an upgrade? We’ve got just the solution: Crown moulding. Crown moulding build-ups (when you stack multiple pieces of moulding together to create a unique design), are particularly eye-catching.

With Ledgendary™ Crown moulding by Woodgrain, you can install your own crown moulding build-up easier and quicker than ever before. Ledgendary™ Crown’s patent-pending design allows crown moulding to sit right on the wall cleat to hold it at the perfect angle, resulting in stress-free installation.

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Ready to install your crown moulding build-up? Here’s your ultimate Ledgendary™ Crown DIY guide.

Getting Started:
Here is the basic list of tools you will need for this DIY project. If you don’t own these tools you can easily rent them at a place like The Home Depot.

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Step 1: Determine How Much Ledgendary™ Crown You Need
Start by drawing a floor plan of your room. Then, measure each wall and note it on your plan. Next, identify each corner in the room and use a protractor to determine the angle. Add all of the wall lengths together—plus an additional 15% in case of cutting mistakes —to determine the amount of Ledgendary™ Crown moulding and cleat to purchase.

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Step 2: Locate Wall Studs
Locate the wall studs with a stud finder and mark with painter’s tape.

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Step 3: Mark Walls for Cleat Installation
Then, cut two 2-½” tall spacer blocks. Starting in a corner, hold the spacer block tight against the ceiling and place a mark at the bottom of the block. Continue this process, making a mark every two or three feet as you go around the room.

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Step 4: Measure and Cut Your Cleats
Measure the exact distance between the walls where the top of the cleat will be placed. Using this measurement, cut your cleat to length. Make sure to cut slightly longer than your actual measurement and with opposing miter cuts to “spring” the cleat in place.

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Nail your cleat into the wall studs. Repeat this process until the entire cleat is installed. If you need help picking out a cleat, watch this video.

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Step 5: Measure and Cut Ledgendary™ Crown Moulding
Measure the distance between the walls where the top of the moulding will be placed. Using this measurement, cut your moulding to length using opposing miter cuts, making sure to cut slightly longer, like with the cleat.

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Step 6: Install Ledgendary™ Crown
Nail your Ledgendary™ Crown to the cleat and ceiling. Repeat until all of the moulding is installed.
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Step 7: Add Finishing Touches
Finish the look with caulk and paint. We recommend applying two coats of high-quality latex paint for optimal durability and appearance. You could also consider painting your Ledgendary™ Crown before installation.

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Ready to create your own crown moulding build-up? Ledgendary™ Crown can be purchased at The Home Depot. You can also learn more about our product and discover additional installation tips by visiting our website or checking out our Ledgendary playlist on Youtube.

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When you’re done installing your buildup, let us know by tagging Woodgrain on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We would love to see how your Ledgendary™ project turns out.