How Moldings Molded History

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Grand Finishes Blog

Moldings have had a material makeover since their early inception. Throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, architecture relied heavily on stone and brick composition. “The ancient Greeks and Romans had masons that would create molds for various profile styles. They did this to duplicate the profile in stone and then add it to buildings, on both ...

How Long Can Wood Last?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Grand Finishes Blog

  Wood would last forever except for one thing – wood decay, which is caused by only one thing…a wood-destroying fungi. This fungi can start in on a tree while the tree is still alive, although generally it invades the wood once the tree is dead. (Nikitas 3) In your own home, when you see mold ...

The Many Finishes Of Paint

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Grand Finishes Blog

Flat (Or Matte) Finish does not reflect light because it has no sheen. A flat finish generally is used on ceilings and walls. This finish is not very scrubbable because of its porousness. Eggshell Finish has a slight sheen and reflects light a bit. It works nicely on walls, and is washable and scrubbable. Satin ...

When To Repaint Your Interior

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Grand Finishes Blog

Interior painting is a cost-effective method to brighten up the appearance of your home. Nowadays, most paint jobs executed properly will last approximately five years. That being said, there is a variety of factors that can shorten the lifespan of paint such as humidity, climate changes, constant exposure to smoke (e.g. fireplaces, kitchens).  Having children ...

What Is A Wainscoting?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Grand Finishes Blog

The word wainscot appeared in the English language in 1570 and it’s defined in the dictionary as paneling that covers the lower portion of the wall (this portion is also called the dado). It is usually made of wood and encompasses the base molding. Technically a wainscoting is comprised of the base molding, the dado, ...

Color Forecast

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Grand Finishes Blog

Each year new shades and tones make their way to the market, but how are you to decide which shade will reflect you the best? There are a few things to consider when it comes to color: How much lighting does the room already have? Is it a communal area? What mood do I want ...

Wallpaper?

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Grand Finishes Blog

For many, wallpaper translates into outdated or passé decoration. However, we can put that to bed right now because wallpaper is back in the spotlight with fresh innovative designs and finishes to entice even those who swore they would never touch it again. The great thing about wallpaper is that it is so versatile and enables ...