DIY

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!

Joseph Merkley

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

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

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

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

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

Joe Wettstein

Finished Elegance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renae Crill

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

New Year, new home improvements! For homeowners, the New Year is a great opportunity to start those renovations you’ve been holding off. Whether it’s something drastic or a DIY project on a smaller scale, January is a perfect time to find your motivation!

For those who want to start gradually, this baseboard tutorial can be the perfect gateway project. Replacing your builder-grade moulding with something more substantial can make a big impact in even the smallest space. By updating your baseboards, you create more architectural interest and adjust the focus of the room. With a weekend of your time and a few installation tools, you can add a fresh take on any room in your home.

Baseboards

For details on the baseboards we offer, visit woodgraindistribution.com. On our site, you can also find helpful resources such as this Moulding Size Chart to help you consider your space when choosing the right moulding. As you can see based on the chart below, the taller the space, the wider the moulding can be.

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For a no painting solution that saves both time and money, consider Finished Elegance for this project as well. To learn more about the benefits of Finished Elegance for your home, go to finishedelegance.com.

Renae Crill

Looking to freshen up a guest bedroom before the holidays, but don’t know where to begin? With dropping temperatures and dreary weather outside, you’ll want to make sure your visitors are relaxed and comfortable throughout their stay. Few furnishings add coziness to a room like an upholstered headboard, but the cost of such comfort can be high. Rather than buying a new headboard, upcycling can be a great alternative.

Upcycling is the reuse of discarded objects in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original. Using this concept and the materials of a salvaged wooden door, decorative wood trim, and upholstery supplies, you can create a luxurious upholstered headboard without the expensive price tag. This DIY tutorial walks you step-by-step through the production process with detailed instructions and photographs. A floating upholstered headboard makes a huge style impact that adds comfort and coziness to any bedroom, which is perfect for your guests this holiday season!

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For more door design inspiration, visit woodgraindoors.com.

Renae Crill

During the holidays it’s easy to get swept up in Christmas lists and retail super sales. But sometimes the most meaningful moments can be spending time with loved ones doing something small. This wooden snowman project is a great, family-friendly activity that celebrates the season in a simple way.

Using 2×4 boards, paint and ribbon, you can build a little snowman for each member of the family that would also be a great gift for neighbors, coworkers and friends. This easy DIY snowman tutorial is a simple way to express the joy of the holiday season using minimal materials and cost.

Wooden Snowman

Renae Crill

Great design doesn’t have to stop at the entry way. Whether it’s adorned with a traditional wreath or something more modern, your front door has the power to make a great first impression for holiday visitors. Enhance your curb appeal and show off your festive side this season with these charming Thanksgiving wood tags.

Using wood boards, a bit of rope, paint, and a final coat of polyurethane, you can create a unique piece of exterior décor that will last for years to come. You’ll be grateful you found this DIY tutorial!

Wood Tags

See our full board offering at woodgraindistribution.com.

Renae Crill

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’ve got a lot on your plate! Between making arrangements with family and friends and organizing a full menu, sometimes the last thing on your mind is designing a festive holiday table. Luckily, we’ve got a solution for you!

A quick and easy way to customize your table is with this wooden trough centerpiece. This step-by-step tutorial breaks down the project just in the nick of time. With only boards, paint and vinyl lettering, you can create a high impact piece that adds to your interior design. Fill the trough with fresh fall flowers for a casual feel or use candles to heighten the drama. Either way, you’ve got a tablescape to remember!

Thanksgiving Trough

Renae Crill

In most home renovations, owners and renters alike focus on areas that will be regularly seen by guests. While it’s important to create welcoming common areas, you shouldn’t neglect your private needs. Scientists estimate we spend about one third of our lives sleeping, so your bedroom should be the retreat of your dreams!

To create a peaceful sanctuary away from the stresses of daily life, your bedroom should reflect your personal style. A room that mirrors your design aesthetic will bring you comfort and relaxation, making it easier to get a good night’s sleep. Using only moulding, boards, screws, and nails, you can build a custom headboard.

Read this step-by-step “Mantel Moulding Headboard” tutorial to see how to create a beautiful headboard with moulding. Don’t forget to build upon the custom feel by staining or painting your new headboard for the desired finished look!

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See our full moulding product line at woodgraindistribution.com

Renae Crill

Creating sophisticated Halloween décor can seem almost impossible. While the thought of making orange and black blend into your existing interior design feels daunting, this moulding project provides a touch of sophistication using bunting. “Bunting” is a term for any festive decorations made of fabric, or of plastic, paper or even cardboard in imitation of fabric. Typical forms of bunting are strings of colorful triangular flags and lengths of fabric in the colors of national flags gathered and draped into swags or pleated into fan shapes.

Using spare moulding pieces from past home projects, paint and ribbon, you can create moulding bunting to string across a holiday mantle. For very little expense and labor, you can create a dimensional piece with high impact. This DIY bunting is the perfect way to translate your personal style into your next themed party.

Moulding Bunting

For your next DIY project, check out our full product offering at woodgraindistribution.com.

Renae Crill

Creating a charming and inviting space requires a personal touch. One of the best ways to transform a house into a home is by adding meaningful details such as family portraits. Though some opt to pay for expensive custom framing for their prized photos, there is an economical alternative. A great option is to make custom frames out of moulding. This DIY project is both inexpensive and straightforward, even for a novice.

For traditional style frames, our commodity moulding profiles offer both sleek and sophisticated options that complement any decor. If your aesthetic is more ornate, Our DecraMold® product line offers several styles that add an extra touch of elegance. Decorative design styles include our Egg & Dart, Rope, Grapevine, Ivy and Southwest patterns, some of which are pictured below: 

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See how this DIY-er turned moulding into custom frames, and her space into a true family room:

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For more information on moulding possibilities, see the full product line on www.woodgraindistribution.com.

Renae Crill

Closet organization can seem daunting in a small, enclosed space. If your closet feels crowded and overflowing with clothes and accessories, one helpful solution is to arrange your shoes onto an interior wall. By taking your shoes off of the floor, you not only de-clutter your space, but also gain increased visibility and accessibility of your footwear options.

Check out this DIY tutorial on how to create a custom shoe rack using crown moulding:

Shoe Racks From Moulding

Renae Crill

Say goodbye to lazy summer days and hello to hectic schedules… school is right around the corner! Coordinating all of the chaos can seem overwhelming at first, but we’ve got a DIY project to help make the transition easier.

To help organize the entire family, take an old window and transform it into something useful. By painting the panes with chalkboard paint, applying vinyl lettering and adhering it to a central location in your home, you’ve now got a weekly calendar to keep track of activities, dinner menus and notes. Adding hooks at the bottom of the window can also make the piece multifunctional – holding backpacks, lunchboxes and school outfits for the next day.

Make this DIY project your last before summer’s end!

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With a recovering economy, many homeowners are looking to make financially responsible home improvements that have a strong return on investment. Whether you are simply passionate about interior design or are looking to sell in the near future, one of the best ways to add value to your home without breaking the bank is by installing moulding.

The addition of moulding makes a grand statement, even with a conservative budget. Since the Victorian era, moulding has been used in American homes to add another level of visual appeal, reflecting superior craftsmanship and attention to detail. Not only does moulding reflect a sophisticated aesthetic, but it also adds richness and charm to blank walls unlike any other interior medium. Choosing the right moulding for your space adds warmth and energy that can be appreciated by homeowners and prospective residents alike.

When selecting the best type of moulding for your space, it’s important to consider the overall style of your home. Adding moulding that fits with the existing architectural elements will enhance the general aesthetic. It is also important to consider the proportions of your space. For crown moulding, a great rule of thumb is ‘the wider the moulding, the lower the ceiling will appear’. Homes with higher ceilings may benefit from wide moulding, but homeowners with lower ceilings may want to consider a thinner profile. You can also customize moulding with paint or stain to achieve the desired effect. Refer to our previous posts on installation and finishing for detailed tips.

While some home improvement projects require the help of professionals, installing moulding is rather DIY-friendly. With the proper tools, exact measurements and a few hours of time, you can fit an entire room. The money saved on a hired professional and time spent also adds to the overall value of the project.

Once the moulding is installed, it may also be beneficial to complete the room with coordinating accents. Popular moulding choices include crown, chair rail, judges panel, window casings, door casings, and baseboards. All of these options help to create a finished look with an economical price point. Whether you are looking to enjoy your home for years to come or are hoping to make a profit with the sale of your home, adding moulding adds value.

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For information about the mouldings offered, visit www.woodgraindistribution.com.

Renae Crill

Looking to give one of your rooms a facelift? Adding boards is a simple way to enhance the architectural detail of your space. Using boards, caulk and a little bit of paint, you can create additional dimension and visual interest. This DIY tutorial walks you through the process, in what could be a fun weekend project:

Boards on Wall

Renae Crill

Windows can dramatically impact the look and feel of any space. While the easiest way to update an interior window is by choosing a new window covering, you can take it a step further. Even novice DIY-ers can customize their window casing for a fresh style with this farmhouse window tutorial. Using only boards and moulding with straight cuts, you can transform your aesthetic with this simple project.

Add charm and character to an existing window with this easy-to-follow tutorial:

Farmhouse Window

Renae Crill

Looking for a way to dress up your bathroom? A low-cost and high-impact solution is to use crown moulding. By installing crown just above the shower to hide the sometimes unsightly curtain rod, you can transform a utilitarian space into one with major style.

Shower Curtain Rod

For information about our moulding products, visit www.woodgrain.com.

Renae Crill

Interior columns are grand architectural features that add a touch of elegance to your space. Whether used in a main living area, foyer or master bathroom, decorative columns create a luxurious atmosphere that adds to the overall style of your home. Check out this great step-by-step DIY tutorial on creating interior columns:

Column Tutorial

Renae Crill

An interior door makes an impression that carries throughout the entire room and into the rest of your home. Translate your personal style into an interior design statement with these simple DIY projects:

  • Paint:
    A quick and inexpensive way to update a door is with color. If you prefer a traditional look and feel, cool color palettes such as grey and blue can be complementary to existing architectural details without overpowering the space. You can also take a more modern approach with a bold hue that brings energy into any room. To make the room “pop” even more, try painting the moulding to match!

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  • Accessories:
        Another easy update to make is changing door accessories. Door knobs come in all shapes and sizes, reflecting personal style in a subtle, yet impactful way. While traditional knobs are typically round and made of brushed metal, there are also modern versions that add visual interest to the tactile experience. Popular trends in modern door knobs include painted patterns, crystal, and squared shapes.

Door Accessories

Visit woodgraindoors.com to see our full product offering and start your DIY project today!