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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!

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.

Barry Dale

Woodgrain Distribution is proud to introduce our new, refreshed website showcasing our unique product mix and “best in class” service offering.

Here is an overview of what you will find:

Product Finder: By quickly filtering through thousands of products ranging from traditional moulding to decorative moulding and doors, customers and homeowners can easily find the perfect products for their home.

Our product mix includes:

  • Moulding
  • Exterior Moulding
  • Finished Elegance®
  • DecraMold®/BlockShop®
  • Dowels & Prefinished Ash
  • Boards
  • Doors

Gallery: Get inspired with our photos! The Gallery provides design inspiration for every room using before and after photos and moulding build-up options.

Resources: We are dedicated to supporting our customer’s efforts in selling to their customers. Useful resources include marketing materials, installation techniques, as well as finishing recommendations.

Customized Solutions: Woodgrain Distribution is committed to delivering the products our customers want, the quantity they want, when they want it, where they want it, and with the service package they want. We believe there is a customized solution to fit every need for our customers and outline our value-added services.

Dealer Locator: Find where to buy Woodgrain products through our intuitive Dealer Locator.

Check out our new and improved website at woodgraindistribution.com:

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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.

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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

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.

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Greg Easton

Woodgrain Millwork is proud to announce the addition of our newest plant in Lenoir, North Carolina. This facility is Woodgrain Millwork’s sixth domestic mill and seventh mill total. With the support of the local community and the Caldwell County Economic Development Council, we celebrated our opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Woodgrain has a long history of product innovation and investment in technology. Our investment in technology in this mill will optimize the yield from the lumber and allow us to compete with global manufacturers. We will be manufacturing lineal primed moulding at this mill, with a focus on East Coast distribution within a 500 mile radius.

Throughout the construction and renovations to the mill, Woodgrain has been committed to contracting and purchasing from local companies as much as possible. Over the last year in Lenoir we have:

  • Installed the manufacturing equipment
  • Started production of moulding
  • Grown from 1 to 90 employees
  • Increased production to half of the mill’s capacity

Over the next year, we look forward to doubling our production, while increasing efficiency and reaching our full manufacturing potential. Woodgrain Millwork is proud of this latest investment, not only in a new millwork facility, but also in the Lenoir community. Thanks to all those who have worked diligently to get this facility up and running!

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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

Matt Aemmer

Woodgrain Distribution is proud to announce the addition of the Atlanta Distribution Center’s all-encompassing product guide to our collection of literature available for homeowners, builders and architects. Our product guides display all available products, including full-size moulding profiles, industry terminology and millwork standards to assist in the builder and homeowner’s design plans.

A small sampling of Atlanta’s products include:

  • Moulding
    • Ceiling, Wall and Floor profiles
    • Door and Window profiles
    • Door Shop Components
    • General Purpose
    • Exterior profiles
    • Finished Elegance®
    • DecraMold® & BlockShop®
    • Dowels & Prefinish Ash
  • Boards
  • Wood Stile & Rail Doors

Call your local rep today! Or learn more by visiting woodgraindistribution.com.

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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

Finished Elegance® is proud to introduce two new videos. Found online at finishedelegance.com as well as on our YouTube channel, these videos show the overall value and ease of installation of this innovative interior moulding line.

In “Benefits of Finished Elegance”, you can listen to the user experiences of a prodealer, builder, installer and homeowner who have just used our products to complete a home in Cleveland, Tennessee. With coating (No Painting Required) on all four sides, Finished Elegance saved our professional customers both time and money during the installation process. Virtually maintenance free, the homeowner could rest assured that the grandeur of her home would be preserved through the product’s rigidity and durability, and the building professionals could leave knowing they left a satisfied customer.

“Installing Finished Elegance” illustrates the ease of installation from the installer, builder and homeowner perspectives. By listening to the user experiences as well as watching the step-by-step installation process, it is clear that Cut-Install-Fill/Caulk is as easy as it sounds. With perfect, clean cuts and no painting required, the coated moulding went up quicker and easier than commodity products, which benefited all involved. Once installed, the pros finished the job with our accompanying color-match caulk and wax fill stick to create a silky-smooth furniture finish.

Click below to view our new Finished Elegance videos:

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To learn more about our full product offering, visit finishedelegance.com.

Matt Aemmer

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

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

Joe Wettstein

We are excited to announce the expansion of our Finished Elegance® offering in the Northwestern United States with the launch of a Finished Elegance board program.

Last year, Woodgrain Millwork launched Finished Elegance boards in the South Florida market to complement its popular Finished Elegance interior moulding line available nationwide. With the success found in the Florida region, we’re excited for our customers in the Northwest to enjoy an expanded product offering in their area.

Woodgrain Millwork initially developed the boards, which feature micro-eased edges, in response to customer requests. They are available in 1×2, 1×3, 1×4, 1×6 and 1×8 in 8’ lengths at 55 The Home Depot® stores in Southern Florida and at 63 stores in the Northwest (Oregon, Washington and Alaska).

Builders, remodelers and homeowners have embraced the beauty and simplicity of Finished Elegance since its introduction in 2011. With the expanded product selection, they can use Finished Elegance products in more interior applications for a consistently beautiful look throughout the home. The new Finished Elegance boards can be used for many millwork applications, including fireplace mantels, skirt boards, shelving and cabinetry, independent of or alongside of Finished Elegance interior moulding.

Visit finishedelegance.com for more information about our product offering.

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Renae Crill

A mudroom is a great organization solution for your home entryway. Acting as a cross between a utility room and a walk-in closet, a mudroom can be both a decorative and functional space. Easily store your outdoor essentials like shoes, coats and umbrellas, while adding to the style of your home with this DIY project.

Check out this full tutorial on building a mudroom with moulding:

Visit woodgrain.com to learn more about our products.

Renae Crill

Do you want organization without sacrificing your style? This DIY chalkboard message center creates a space where your family can post their information in a way that adds to the interior design of your home. Using only moulding, chalkboard paint or paper and nails, you can make a message center with high-style on a low budget.

Check out this DIY tutorial on building your own chalkboard message center:

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Visit Woodgrain.com to learn more about our products.

Paul Homenock

Woodgrain Distribution is proud to introduce the Houston Distribution Center’s first all-encompassing product guide. The arrival of this guide marks the first time all of our products have been incorporated into one comprehensive catalog. Inside, all moulding profiles are displayed at full-size – making it easier for our customers to visualize how moulding can fit within their home’s style. The catalog also includes industry terminology and millwork standards to assist in the builder and homeowner’s design plans.

A small sampling of Houston’s products include:

  • Moulding
    • Ceiling, Wall and Floor profiles
    • Door and Window profiles
    • Door Shop Components
    • General Purpose
    • Finished Elegance®
    • DecraMold® & BlockShop®
    • Dowels & Prefinish Ash
  • Doors
    • Wood Stile & Rail Doors
    • Fiberglass Doors

Call your local rep today!

Houston Product Guide