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.

Heather Hastings

Rustic interior design is all about bringing the outdoors inside. It’s about nature-inspired decor, exposed wood, warm earthy colors and organic elements. Whether you’re building a new home or doing some remodeling, here are some design tips you can use to create a rustic room.

Wood Paneling 

Wood paneling is arguably one of the most important and most popular design features of a rustic room because it adds an element of nature and warmth to your space.

This gorgeous rustic bedroom out of Denver features a shiplap ceiling with exposed wood beams.

A pallet accent wall turns this coastal-style living room into a rustic retreat.
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Rustic Accents by Woodgrain Millwork are fully finished wall panels that can be easily installed—either in a classic shiplap pattern or traditional no-gap pattern—as accent planks to add some rustic charm. We offer two colors, Weathered Gray and Rough Sawn Oak, that are now available at The Home Depot.

Barn Doors

Installing barn doors is another easy way to add rustic design to any room. These unique sliding doors, which resemble a door you would see in a barn, make you feel at one with nature while also doubling as an accent piece.

Barn doors really add warmth and beauty to this modern rustic bathroom.

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Here at Woodgrain Doors, we offer several barn door designs in multiple panel styles. You can check out our inventory here.

Rustic Decor

Design features like reclaimed wood furniture, animal-inspired textures, and industrial hardware can quickly transform a space into a rustic room.

A reclaimed wood desk, parquet wood floors, a neutral color palette and an industrial-style light fixture add character to this rustic office. We also love the use of wood wainscoting, as well as dark wood cove and crown moulding.

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This beautiful rustic kitchen in Montana features a unique mix of natural wood and stone, as well as a vast array of rustic elements. It’s got animal print bar stools, antler decor, industrial hardware, modern fixtures, a shiplap ceiling and exposed wood beams.

Want more rustic room inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board.

Do you have other design ideas for creating a rustic room? Let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you!

Nate Swanson

In a previous blog post, we shared tips for choosing a front door to enhance curb appeal. Now, we’re going to focus on interior doors.

The doors inside your home are just as important as the doors outside your home. Interior doors both separate rooms and are a vital component of your home’s design. If you’re building a new home, remodeling or just interested in discovering new ways to change up the look and feel of a room, these interior door styles are all wonderful options.

Barn Doors

These unique sliding doors add functionality to any space while also doubling as an accent piece. Barn doors are perfect for creating a modern, industrial or rustic look. They look great in master bedrooms, bathrooms, pantries, and kitchens. Check out this article from Houzz.com to help figure out if barn doors are the best choice for your space.

Barn Door – shown in KAL 180

Barn Door – shown in KAL 180

Here at Woodgrain Doors, we offer seven barn door designs in two-panel styles. Learn more about our barn door options here.

Decorative Glass Doors 

Modern and attractive, glass doors are a great choice if you want to brighten up any room in your house. Glass doors come in a variety of styles and clarity. Clear glass doors allow maximum natural light, while frosted glass doors (like what you might see in the shower) allow some light while still maintaining a semblance of privacy.

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 Decorative Glass Door – shown in RAD 4610

Glass doors work well in dining rooms, living rooms, offices, master bedrooms, and bathrooms. Woodgrain Doors offers an extensive line of both traditional and contemporary glass door designs. Click here to learn more about our glass options.

Louver Doors 

Louver doors are both functional and eye-catching. Designed to provide privacy and ventilation, these attractive shutter-like doors are a great option for closets, utility rooms, hallways, storage rooms or any other space that requires maximum air circulation.

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 Louver Door – shown in RAD 730

As one of the largest manufacturers of interior louver doors in the U.S., Woodgrain Doors offers a variety of louver door designs. Click here for our full list of door options.

MDF Primed Router Carved Doors 

Made of medium density fiberboard (MDF), these doors resist shrinking, warping and expansion. Plus, they are environmentally friendly. We especially love these doors because they are extremely customizable. They don’t have a grain so you can paint them whatever color you want.

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 MDF Door – shown in PRM 5152

Woodgrain offers a seemingly infinite number of carved MDF design options. Click here to learn more.

Want more interior door design ideas? Visit woodgraindoors.com to see our full product offering or check out our Pinterest board.

Heather Hastings

The most luxurious hotels spare no expense when it comes to design and decor. One widely used design feature is moulding. Moulding adds architectural elegance, sophistication and depth to hotel lobbies, dining rooms, bedrooms and more. Check out some of the most legendary luxury hotels from around the world that are utilizing moulding in incredibly beautiful ways.

The Plaza: New York
Take a trip back to the roaring 20s with the lavish art deco Fitzgerald Suite at the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City. Named after author F. Scott Fitzgerald, this Gatsby-era inspired suite is the epitome of glamor. Black and white picture rail moulding adds depth to the black and white wallpaper and artwork, while a luxurious chandelier elicits a feeling of charm and romance.

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The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley: Australia
White crown and chair rail moulding perfectly complement the navy blue walls and black and white-checkered tile floor of this chic and sophisticated hotel lobby in New South Wales, Australia.

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The Peninsula: Hong Kong
Ornate columns with arched crown moulding coupled with cove moulding along the ceiling really make this luxe rooftop swimming pool at Hong Kong’s oldest hotel pop.

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Claridge’s: London
The Royal Suite at the opulent Claridge’s hotel in London is truly fit for a king (or queen). Thick white baseboards and chair rail moulding contrast the dark blue walls adorned with 19th Century French architectural prints. Dentil crown moulding in the piano room adds additional elegance to this Victorian-style two-bedroom suite.

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Hotel de Paris: Monaco
Arguably one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms, Le Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo is ornate beyond words. The walls and ceiling are essentially works of moulding art. Egg-and-dart moulding, crown moulding, cove moulding and more transform this restaurant into a truly eye-catching masterpiece.

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Want to see more examples of hotels that feature beautiful moulding? Check out our Hotel Moulding Pinterest board.

Heather Hastings

In the spirit of Independence Day, we are featuring some of our favorite room designs boasting a patriotic palette. From bedrooms and living rooms to kitchens and more, these stylish spaces prove that red, white and blue is en vogue all year round. Check out some of our favorite designs below.

Bedrooms

Patriotic bed linens and American flag pillows add a sense of playfulness and color to this all white guest bedroom.

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This cool industrial chic bedroom uses red, white and blue without being overtly patriotic. We also love the wood paneling on the wall.

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Living Rooms

White wicker furniture and wainscot paneling accented by red, white and blue fabrics evoke a casual beach feel in this coastal sunroom.

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This classic living room uses pops of blue and red to contrast the cream colored walls and classic white crown moulding.

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Rose-color wall moulding paired with a bright blue couch makes this stylish living room extra fun and cheerful.

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Outdoors

Decked in stars and stripes, this patriotic patio furniture plays well against the classic moulding and shiplap ceiling. Perfect for festive summertime barbeques.

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Kitchens

This Spanish-style kitchen is exploding with color! From the rich, earthy shade of the hexagon-shaped tile floors to the bright turquoise cabinets and white tile walls, you would never guess this kitchen is located in New York City.

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Bathrooms

This small bathroom is big in style. Simple, white chair rail and crown moulding frame the dark blue walls to create a nice backdrop against the bright, blood orange red cabinetry.

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Want to freshen up your rooms with red, white and blue hues? Get some pinspiration from our board.

Heather Hastings

Moulding is a great way to add character and increase the property value of your home. But, it’s also a fantastic addition to pretty much any place of business.

Here are some unique ways that moulding can add extra pizzazz to any workspace, whether it be a medical office, boutique, law firm, dance studio or any other commercial property.

Enhance the Entryway

The first thing people notice when they enter a place of business is the front door. Adding moulding to the front entryway makes patrons feel welcome right away. You may also want to add door decor for a personal touch. Check out this blog post for some fresh ideas.

Extend that warm welcome inside with judges paneling, exposed ceiling beams and/or crown moulding, like this inviting dentist’s office in Austin. The ambience certainly puts you at ease.

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Spice Up The Ceiling

Turn a drab ceiling into a fab ceiling by using moulding to create unique and welcoming designs that are sure to capture everyone’s attention. Ceiling moulding can really add a unique charm to spaces such as conference rooms (like the one pictured below), lobbies, movie theaters or even yoga studios. Check out this article from Houzz to get more ceiling treatment ideas.

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Brighten Up Bookshelves

It’s common for lawyers, psychologists and medical professionals to have bookshelves in their office. So, why not add some moulding and turn those boring bookshelves into elegant works of art? Take a look at these DIY tips for installing your own moulding on a bookcase.

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This same idea also works for shelves at retail stores. Check out the shelves at this upscale beauty boutique in Boston. They’re made from oak crown mouldings to create a truly unique design that’s rich with texture.

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 Add an Accent Wall

Rather than putting up a piece of art in the lobby of an office building or on the wall of a boutique, consider using moulding to create an accent wall. This is a beautiful way to create a memorable workspace with clean lines. Take a look at one of our previous blog posts to get color ideas for accent wall moulding.

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Revamp the Reception Desk

Moulding isn’t just for walls. You can actually use wood planks and moulding in place of other building materials to give a reception desk a modern twist, like this one by custom furniture-maker Play-Haus designPinterest also has many examples of beautifully crafted desks for your viewing pleasure.

Moulding isn’t just for walls. You can actually use wood planks and moulding in place of other building materials to give a reception desk a modern twist, like this one by customer furniture-maker Play-Haus design.

This type of design would work great at creative shops like ad agencies or production companies because they make the office space seem more fun and innovative. Discover more unconventional ways to incorporate moulding into any business here.

Have more creative ideas for incorporating moulding into your workspace? Share them with us. Just leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

Rocky Hullette

We love getting to know farmers and “horse people” of all types. We recently met Joey McKay and heard about his family farm in the small town of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Here, he shares tips on starting a farm, learning to ride and introducing your kids to the beautiful world of horses.

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Tell me about your farm.

My family and I live with my father and grandfather on the same property that my grandfather purchased over 60 years ago. I’ve lived on this property my whole life. It’s now 43 acres and we have six Quarter horses and three mules.

How did your farm get started?

My granddad developed a polo habit so that’s what led him to buy horses. He needed property, so he moved 15 miles outside of town. Leaving town to run a farm was a strange move to make in the 1950s!

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Did your granddad’s interest in polo impact you?

Yes, definitely. I’ve been riding horses since before I can remember. I started playing polo when I was 13 and right after high school, I was hired to play polo professionally and train horses. I played professionally for 5 years. My granddad played longer – 58 years! He’s 79 now and still rides horses.

Do you have any tips for someone starting a horse farm?

First, take the time to think about what you really want and be honest with yourself about how often you want to ride. Your ability to get along with your horse is significantly impacted by the suitability of your match. If you’re mismatched, you may end up with a very athletic horse that may not be the most obedient. Remember that advanced riders make it look easy.

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What about riding tips?

Be light. People drive a horse with the reins, which are touching a very sensitive part of the horse’s mouth. It doesn’t take much muscle to get a horse to understand you.

I also recommend riding often and spending a lot of time with your horse. Even grooming helps you learn about each other. The more time you spend together, the better the experience will be for both of you.

You have a 2-year-old son. What are your tips for introducing kids to horses?

For young kids, the best thing you can do is to have them around you while you work with the horses. Of course, use some caution so they don’t put themselves in danger, but just have your kids out there. I have an old horse that was my granddad’s for about 30 years. I know her very well and can ride her with my son. If you want your kids to ride, you need to be on a horse you trust.

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Another great option for kids is mules. We purchased our mules to pull a wagon and riding together is a fun family activity. My wife, son, and myself all ride together and we love it.

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Thanks for speaking with us, Joey. We look forward to seeing what the next generation of McKay’s does with horses!

Nate Swanson

As we mentioned in our last blog post, it’s peak home selling season, which means you may be looking to enhance your curb appeal. Swapping out your old front door with a new one is a great way to create an inviting entryway. What more, installation is simple enough that you can do it yourself. But before you get carried away hauling off your old door, consider the following tips when choosing a new front door.

Woodgrain Doors Knotty Alder 6 lite over 1 planked panel Craftsman door with matching sidelights.

Select a style

Before looking through a catalog of doors, make an assessment of your house to determine its unique style. Is it a colonial? Mid-century modern? Rustic farmhouse? Understanding your home’s character will help you narrow down the options and select a new door that fits. This helpful article on DIY Network breaks down some of the most popular styles on the market.

Woodgrain Doors Knotty Alder planked panel door and sidelight with wide reed glass.

Know your species

Regardless of your style, you will need to choose a wood species for your front door. Our wood species guide is a great resource to determine which types are ideal for the paint, stain or finish you’re looking for.  

Woodgrain Doors Radiata Pine sash door; 9 lite over raised 2 panels with Delta Frost glass sidelights.

Get glass (or not)

Decorative glass is a beautiful option that fits many door styles. However, if you’re looking for maximum privacy, a full-glass front door may not fit your needs. Therefore, consider opaque, textured glass, a partial-glass door or sidelights. Similar to species, there are a wide variety of glass options. Check out our glass resource guide to see which glass option appeals to you.

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Don’t get hung up

If your door frame is intact, there is no need to change it. Just buy a slab door whose dimensions will hang on your existing hinges. 

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Want more ways to spruce up your front door? Check out our tips for summer door decor or browse our photo gallery for inspiration. Good luck with your project!

 

 

 

Daniel Banks

June’s here, which means it’s peak season for homebuyers and sellers. If you’re the latter, here are some simple home improvements you can do to stand out amongst the competition without breaking the bank.

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First, Clean Up

Did you know that a clean home could actually boost your appraisal value? Check out this article to see what else appraisers consider when calculating the market value of your property.

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Getting rid of clutter and making your home “showroom ready” allows potential buyers to envision the space as their own.

Touch Up Your Paint

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Putting aside personal tastes to make your home appeal to any buyer is easy with a coat of fresh, neutral paint. Take a tour of your home with a realtor to get an unbiased look into where your home needs updating. Some quick dry wall putty and new paint patches up most dings on walls, and looks like new after a few minutes.

Install Moulding

According to The National Association of Homebuilders, homebuyers are looking for unique details, like crown moulding and chair rails. Whether your home is historic, a new build, or anything in between, moulding can add character and accentuate features.

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Choose which rooms are the star of your home and work from there. Check out this Houzz Article to see if installing crown moulding is a good option for your space.

Professional installation is a good option if you’re crunched for time and intend to install moulding in several rooms. However, if you’d like to cut labor costs, there are plenty of DIY moulding installation tutorials to guide you.

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Using quality moulding—like our easy-to-install Finished Elegance—will simplify the installation process. Finished Elegance does not need to be painted so it is ready to install when purchased.

Dressing up your home is the perfect way to close your current chapter and move into a new one. Planning to put your home on the market soon? We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you plan to make it open-house ready.