Moulding

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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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.

Heather Hastings

As the cycle of spring peaks, here’s a fresh idea: go green! Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery, is a burst of springtime succulents that invite the beauty of the outdoors in. Check out this video to see Greenery in action.

Greenery’s lush hue makes it an excellent choice for accenting natural wood and crisp whites. We found plenty of inspiration to bring Greenery into any home. Check out some of our favorite designs and color schemes below!

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This design uses a grid scheme that plays well with the classic white judges paneling and trendy green color.

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The green here has two purposes: Accenting the crisp ceiling beams and elevating the room. This is a fun play on a classic design that really opens up the space.

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This design is a modern twist on a classic detailed chair rail. The chair rail was painted to match the tone of the walls, creating a subtle texture that allows the color to be the focus.

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Another green-centric take on a classic design, this room uses moulding to create interesting depth in monochrome walls and ceiling. The wood tones and cozy textures soften the bold color take-over.

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The large framed doorways in this room accent the green walls peeking out. This design is a subtle way to include a pop of color without overwhelming or compromising your home’s established character.

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Ready to freshen up your spring home improvement list by adding pops of green? Check out our Green-spiration Pinterest board for more ideas. Don’t forget to share your progress with us. We’d love to see your use of Greenery!

Heather Hastings

In our last blog post, we explored accent colors that complement crisp white moulding. This time, we flip the switch and look at the impact color can have when applied to the moulding itself. Before we go any further, let’s start with some basics.

Experimenting with moulding color creates a bold focal point; so keep your walls neutral. Just like you wouldn’t clash two bold colors or contrasting patterns within the same outfit, the same rule applies to moulding and wall color. It may be even more important in your home considering it is much more difficult, costly, and time consuming to change out.

Now that we’ve set the stage, let’s get down to the fun stuff—moulding color options!

Shades of gray

Warm taupes and cool grays are great if you want to color match moulding to your interior doors. Check out these examples that were featured on Houzz. These grays are anything but dull!

Bold black

These examples, also featured on Houzz, show that black moulding can actually open up a space. Additionally, it can create depth and accent architectural details such as floor patterns and windows.

Natural wood

Regardless of whether you opt for dark or light shades, or matte or glossy finishes, wood colored moulding creates a rustic look that complements modern farmhouse design. There are many creative ways to incorporate wood moulding. Wood can add architectural interest, like in this geometric design by renowned interior designer Steven Gambrel. Or, it can be used to add warmth to a picturesque reading nook, like in the example below.

Cool color

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If subtle is not your design preference, then make a statement with juicy colors such as tangerine, lemon and lime. Check out the transformation of this once-outdated playroom by interior designer Bailey McCarthy. Or, dress up a simple kitchen with a pop of sunny yellow, like in the example below.

We will continue to explore color on our blog, but for now, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts on color moulding options in the comments below.

Heather Hastings

When you think about moulding, what color comes to mind? I bet it’s a classic, clean white. White is one of the most popular colors for moulding, and that’s why we chose it for Finished Elegance, Woodgrain’s premier interior moulding line that is easy to install and requires no painting.

If your moulding is white, you can select a color for your walls, or even ceiling, that creates a unique space. Are you painting the walls in a room with Finished Elegance already installed? Because of its unique coating, you can easily wipe any mistakes or spills on Finished Elegance right off!

Below are some examples of beautiful, stand-out rooms where the moulding and color really make an impact. Which one is your favorite?

Pinewold Cottage, Portland, Maine

The combination of moulding styles in this room makes the ceilings feel taller while simultaneously creating a cozy feel.

Casual Elegance Master Bedroom, New York

This room’s designer chose an understated blue for the wall color that emphasizes the dramatic white moulding beautifully.

Sonoma House, San Francisco, California

This designer utilizes different shades of tiger-eye to create a monochromatic color scheme that showcases moulding throughout the home.

If you want to experiment with bold color without painting an entire room, consider an accent. For inspiration, check out this blue strip between moulding in this cheerful dining room.

Remember, your ceiling can make an impact as well. This room showcases neutral walls, white moulding, and a deep blue ceiling for a contemporary feel.

For more inspiration to jumpstart ideas for your home, check out this gallery on Houzz. If you aren’t sure which color to pick for your walls or ceiling, consider Pantone’s color of the year as a starting place: Greenery

We would like to know where you stand on color. Please share your ideas with us in the comments below.

Heather Hastings

We at Woodgrain are committed to the environment. That’s why over 99% of the wood fiber we process is used as a product. This sustainable practice is often referred to as upcycling. The official definition: the process where you transform by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.

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Our line of Nature’s horse bedding is a great example of upcycling. All Nature’s products are created from sawdust, fine shavings and trim materials used in the manufacturing process of our millwork products. Another great example is Proof—an eyewear company started by descendants of the family who founded Woodgrain. Proof’s glasses are crafted from sustainable materials—including FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, and even repurposed skateboard decks.

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So now that you’re more familiar with upcycling, let’s bring it home. Take a look around your house. Surely there are items you want to donate or even trash. Can you think of some ways you can reuse those items? Here are some ideas to get you started:

This is a great idea for cats, too, as they love jumping in drawers.

Repurpose an old dresser drawer into a new, custom piece of furniture. PopSugar has over 200 brilliant ideas for cool upcycling projects, but this chic dog bed by DIY Show Off is my absolute favorite. This is a great idea for cats, too, as they love jumping in drawers. Genius!

I would have never guessed this headboard started off as a door.

How about that old door you’ve had in your storage shed for years? As you can see in this blog post, Remodelaholic looked at 100 different ways you can use your old door. Our favorite, add a little crown moulding to the top of an old door to create a classic headboard, like this one by DIY blogger Infarrantly Creative. Gorgeous!

Upcycling bonus: This pedestal is made from reclaimed barn wood redwood.

If you’ve got an old door lying around, you may also have some random pieces of trim. We’ve found the perfect idea for moulding that can provide function and beauty in your home: The architectural moulding pedestal. If you’re lucky enough to have decorative moulding on hand, you can create an ornate work of art that doubles as a dining room table centerpiece. We love the craftsmanship on this piece from The Cultured Artisan. (Upcycling bonus: This pedestal is made from reclaimed barn redwood.)

We will continue exploring upcycling ideas on our blog and would love to hear about some of your favorites. Show us an example of how you’ve upcycled doors and moulding in the comments below. We may even feature you in a future blog post. Happy upcycling!

 

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!

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.

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.

Renae Crill

As most homeowners know, the most expensive room for a renovation tends to be the kitchen. While what’s trendy and what’s realistic for your budget may sometimes conflict, there are options for you to make a big impact without big spending. With a little time and effort, you can transform the heart of your home with a kitchen island makeover.

Great islands improve aesthetics, functionality and organization in one of the most popular rooms in your home. Whether you’re working in an upgraded kitchen lacking an island or you’re looking to give an entire outdated room a facelift, this kitchen island makeover is for you! This project may be one of the most impactful changes you can make for your friends and family. After all, what’s a get-together without ending up in the kitchen?

Using boards, baseboard moulding, butcher block, plywood, and paint, you can build an entire island from scratch or transform an outdated one into something modern and useful. After construction is finished, add drawers and new hardware to complete the look! Read more about this DIY tutorial to transform your kitchen:

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To learn about the products we offer to help you during upcoming home renovations, visit woodgraindistribution.com.

Brooks Dame

Lineal mouldings consist of solid and fingerjoint mouldings in a wide variety of species and profiles.

In addition to all of our standard moulding profiles, Woodgrain Millwork also has thousands of profile templates available along with in-house CAD capabilities for any customer’s specific needs.

Our vast offering includes:

  • Ceiling – crown and cove
  • Door and Window – casing, stop, flat jambs, split jambs, double rabbeted jambs, exterior door components, window components, glass bead, drip cap, brick mould, and back band
  • Wall and Trim – chair rail, panel mould and corners
  • Floor – base, base shoe and base cap
  • General Purpose – picture mould, rake mould, handrail, apron, joint mould, lattice, screen, round, half round, quarter round, chamfer, astragal, S-4-S, fillet, lip mould, panel divider, shelf cleat/hook, and skirt board

For more information about the products we offer, visit woodgrainmillwork.com.