Moulding DIY

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.

Moulding Wall Art

Source: A Girl and a Glue Gun

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.

Chair Rail Wall Art

Source: A Girl and a Glue Gun

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.

Chair Rail Wall Art

Source: Sun, Sand & Second Grade

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.

Chalkboard Door

Source: HGTV

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.

DIY Desk

Source: Kenziepoo

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!

DIY Desk

Source: Creativities

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.

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!

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

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: 

DecraMold

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

DecraMold Pin

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

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

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:

Frame in Chalkboard 

Visit Woodgrain.com to learn more about our products.

Renae Crill

There are countless opportunities to enhance the appeal of our homes by adding moulding. This non-traditional application of crown moulding showcases the unique touch to an ordinary piece of furniture. The bookcase was designed to look “built-in” to the wall, and the addition of crown moulding achieves just that! Check out this DIY tutorial on adding crown moulding to your ordinary furniture:

Pinterest Moulding Bookcase

Visit woodgrain.com to learn more about our products.

Matt Aemmer

What tools do I need to install moulding?

  • Miter Box, Miter Saw or Compound Miter Saw
  • Finishing Nails, Nail Set, and a Hammer or Brad Nailer
  • Tape Measure
  • Framing Square
  • Protractor
  • Pen and Paper
  • Utility Knife
  • Wood Glue or Filler
  • Ladder
  • Safety Glasses
  • Level
  • Clamps

How much moulding do I need?

To determine the amount of moulding needed for your project, follow these easy steps:

1.  Draw a floor plan of your room.

2. Measure each wall and note on your plan.

3. Also on your floor plan, note the placement and size of any doors, windows or openings in the room.

4. Add all the lengths together to get the amount of moulding you need to purchase. Add 15% more for cutting mistakes and waste.

What type of moulding do I need?

For windows and doors you can use casing, for ceilings use crown, for floors use base, and for walls use chair rail or panel mould. You can choose from a wide variety of options to suit any style and every budget. For more tips, read about how to Add Character to Your Home with Moulding.

What are the basic cuts for moulding?

The most basic cut for moulding is a miter cut. Most moulding is installed with miter joints that form a 90-degree angle. The first piece of moulding is cut at a 45-degree angle, the second piece is also cut at a 45-degree angle forming a tight 90-degree angle. In vertical applications (typically casing) the angles are cut on the face of the moulding. In horizontal applications (typically base, crown and chair rail) the angles are cut against the face of the moulding.

What is coping?

A cope is an inside corner where one piece of the moulding is cut square and butts tight into the corner. The opposite side is first cut like an inside miter. Then using a coping saw remove the material from the moulding leaving the profile. The cope joint will then fit over the square cut moulding on the wall. Coping can be a time consuming process but easily accommodates corners that not 90-degrees and is very resistant to shrinkage.

How do I end moulding without a corner?

If you need to end moulding without turning a corner or running into a wall, you will need to create a return. Cut the moulding to length finishing the piece with a miter angle. A return can be created by taking a scrap piece of moulding and cutting a miter on the end of the scrap piece. Then cut straight down from the face of the moulding. Attach the piece with wood glue and secure the piece until the glue dries with tape.

How do I handle long walls?

Sometimes it is necessary to span longer lengths than what is available in your local store, when this happens you will have to splice two lengths of moulding together. This type of joint is called a scarf/splice joint. A scarf/splice joint will allow one piece to overlap the other section of moulding creating a longer piece of moulding. The scarf/splice joint creates a vertical seam in the finished installation. It is recommended that you place the scarf/splice seam over a wall stud for additional strength.

How do I install moulding?

Install moulding piece by piece working around the room, installing the largest piece first. Avoid nailing within two to three inches of the end to avoid splitting. Some hardwood moulding will require pre-drilling before nailing. If you are hand nailing, be sure to use a nail set to sink the nail heads slightly below the face of the moulding.

Handy Tips:

  • Using a compound miter saw and pneumatic nail gun will not only make the installation process easier, it will also speed up the time required for installation.
  • To fix slight gaps, fill the gaps with wood glue and rub the gap with the side of a utility knife. This will crush the wood fibers to fill the gap.
  • If you are right handed, it is easier to install moulding counter-clockwise. This way you can support the moulding with you unfavored hand and drive fasteners with your dominant hand.