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!