Accent Walls & Wood Paneling Can Easily Change The Look Of Your Entire House

Denver and Fort Collins Area

May 30, 2018

A simple way to change the look of an entire house or even a single room is with the addition or implementation of an accent wall. One wall in a single room can totally change the perception and look of an entire property, while making the switch in multiple other areas of a building can give new dimension to the home or office where the practice is employed. In addition, making a change and adding an accent wall may also potentially add some property value should the real estate be listed on the open market.

Four walls of the same or a similar color pattern can be considered somewhat boring by many occupants or potential buyers. Regardless of the chosen hue, implementing a new accent to one of the walls within a room adds depth and meaning to a particular space. These walls not only become the centralized focal point but also serve to offset the monotony of a one color pattern throughout the entire design process.

Following is a description of an accent wall plus two potential options for changing the look of a room in excess of simply deciding to change the paint color. While this option can be beneficial, taking the accent wall a step further adds even more substance to the desired design, especially when incorporated with a similar theme or pattern utilized elsewhere within the same floorplan of a home or office.

Accent Wall

Even with the recent popular use of open floor plans for most homes, which is utilized readily in today’s construction projects, there remains three to four walls that will encompass any desired space. The accent wall is typically one in which an individual would focus their attention upon entering the room. For example, if a doorway is prevalent, then the wall opposite would be the accent wall, should such a design feature be chosen.

In the more popular and common open concept, the same rule applies although the wall may be much larger in size. Depending on the shape of the room or other walls surrounding a certain area, the accent wall may change but even if not located opposite the entry point, it should draw an occupants eyes toward the highlighted section and be noticed almost immediately upon entry.

A simple change of paint color, such as switching from cream or white to a brighter optional counterpart may be beneficial. The desired results however, are often not tangible - other than when a fireplace or gas log insert is utilized, as both create an immediate sight line for the eyes of those visiting. There are a few options beyond dramatically changing the color that can increase the worth of a particular property.

Wood Paneling

One of the more distinct options for creating an accent wall is through the use of wood paneling such as Shiplap or Tongue and Groove (T&G). Instead of utilizing a different paint color, wood paneling immediately changes both the look and texture of a room with a relatively simple change. This emergence of texture and pattern on a wall, instead of the floor, highlights and draws attention, instantly becoming the focal point within a room.

Shiplap and T&G wood paneling can be implemented either on a horizontal or vertical pattern. In addition, both can be spaced accordingly to create the desired effect from implementing such a look. Instead of having to rely solely on the use of colors, paneling can be installed for the desired effect.

A common practice in many older homes, wood paneling makeovers are making a comeback similar to hardwood floors in the real estate market today. Throughout history, the use of wooden flooring has been commonplace but at some point homeowners elected that carpet was a better surface surface and many covered their now coveted hardwood floors with a hideous color and consistency of carpet. Now, especially in homes where buyers are hoping to invest for a short period and then resale with the intention of making a profit - all carpet is being torn out and the hardwoods refurbished for new owners.

Reclaimed Wood

Another option for those individuals seeking to make an accent wall “pop” to guests is the use of reclaimed wood. This is all-natural wood that has been restored and reused before being utilized as a wall covering. The reclaimed wood often has a personality of its own and can create the desired personal design results without too much effort.

Reclaimed wood typically comes from old barns, fences, houses, or factories and is readily equipped with a history or desired meaning without requiring too much service. Unlike wood paneling, what to expect from reclaimed wood is a personal touch that can be utilized in almost any given situation.

These areas are vital to any home or office space and use of these options can help to revitalize the specific area within any piece of real estate. Both have their benefits and shortcomings but either is a viable option for revamping a particular space.

Also, if the reclaimed wood is derived from a source with a relation to the new installation, then not only does an accent wall stand-out inside a home but the beauty derived from an added implementation simultaneously creates an eccentric feel with added meaning.

For decades, Sears Trostel has served the community with quality and integrity providing custom wooden countertops, wood floors, cabinets, John Boos Blocks, and other wooden assessments, when and where applicable. We are proud to offer the best value without compromising any of the quality or customer service you would expect from the business with a history of doing things the right way, the first time. Our manufacturing processes allow for unrivaled flexibility in custom profiles, and our commitment to quality has earned us the trust of our customers through Colorado, Wyoming, and the surrounding areas. Feel free to contact us today with your needs or visit our retail sales and showroom located at 1500 Riverside Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado. For commercial and residential sales please call 970-482-1928 or for wholesale and manufacturing, 970-482-0222 or 800-950-1928 with any other general questions about our products and services. We can also be reached by email at as we look forward to showing you the effects quality beautiful natural woods can have.

Interior Trim & Moulding Types and Uses

Serving Colorado and Wyoming including Fort Collins and Denver

April 26, 2018

The interior walls of a home or office are often not complete without application of a moulding type. These mouldings (sometimes spelled moldings) are primarily for aesthetic purposes but also allow a building’s walls to combat wear and tear over time. By installing appropriate mouldings throughout a home the finished look will be significantly improved by adding highlighted features in important areas depending on the particular type of moulding selected.

While a majority of individuals often focus on the larger components of a construction project, it is attention to these details which can make or break the desired outcome. By understanding what each type of moulding is and the purpose it serves then a homeowner can begin to make informed decisions which will not only improve the look of their home or office but also lengthen its livelihood.

The most common types of mouldings used are Base, Base Shoe, Case, Crown, Chair Rail, Header, Plinth, and Cove. Following is a review of each, including use and benefits derived from inclusion during a project.

Base Moulding

A common component in almost all construction design, base moulding is known by a variety of names. Skirting board, skirting, floor molding and the most widely accepted baseboard is the accent found along the bottom of most walls.

Serving to cover the joint between wall and flooring, baseboards not only are aesthetically appealing but also help to keep these joint adhesions protected.

Base Shoe Moulding

Another lower moulding, base shoe serves a particular purpose and is often implemented in conjunction with hardwood flooring. A small gap occurs when installing hardwood floors between where the floor begins and the wall ends, even with a base moulding, the need for a base shoe fit is often necessary.

One of the most important factors to consider when installing base shoe moulding is to remember the mould nails into the wall and not the flooring.

Case Moulding

While trim is a general term which covers all types of mouldings, casing is a particular variety. Case moulding is used to enclose doorways and surround windows, covering the connections and cut outs between openings. These mouldings are similar to base mouldings and often both will emulate one another although one may be different in size.

The matching mouldings and rise from base moulding to case moulding where connected at doorways or pass through openings help rooms and hallways to maintain a specific flow and pleasing appearance.

Crown Moulding

Opposite of base moulding, crown moulding covers the connection between where walls meet the ceiling. Of similar circumstance, crown moulding is often more eccentric than base moulding and can be comprised of unique designs and angles in addition to varying widths or sizes.

Crown moulding has a rich history dating back to the Greek Empire having been used throughout time in similar fashion. Unlike base moulding, crown moulding is often used to draw the attention of viewers eyes upwards and can appear to make the room larger than reality.

Chair Rail Moulding

Widely believed to serve the purpose of protecting chair backs from causing damage to walls, the chair rail has evolved into more of a useful tool. While the original implementation of this particular type of moulding may have been for just that, the architectural aspects now associated with the use of a chair rail moulding can be extremely beneficial.

The chair rail moulding can help to separate a room and add dimension within an open concept. However, the railing should be appropriately applied, typically at about one-third of the wall height. If the railing exceeds this height then a room can look and feel shorter than in actuality while a perfect height will add substance and purpose.

Header Moulding

This moulding type is utilized for creative flair and can add eccentric accents to any room by providing unique concepts atop windows and door frames. Header moulding is the top piece of case moulding and can easily be considered as the crown moulding for windows and doors.

While serving the purpose of outlining these figures within a room, header moulding often differentiates from the normal pattern used to match baseboards or room crown moulding. The header moulding is a unique design drawing attention to the doorway or window for which it is utilized.

Plinth Moulding

Another trim covering which serves to cover adjoining components, plinth moulding is often utilized where baseboards meet the case moulding of a doorway or cut out inside a home or office.

The plinth moulding is used as a decorative function while adding a layer of protection for joint adherences of two different types of moulding.

Cove Moulding

Finally, cove mouldings are implemented where walls and ceilings meet much like crown moulding but more similar to base shoe moulds. The cove moulding not only provides an aesthetically appealing texture to a room but also serves to cover joints needed for construction.

For decades, Sears Trostel has been at the forefront of the lumber and millwork industries. Having proudly served this community with quality and integrity has created multiple repeat consumers, which has also benefited all of our customers by implementing faster turnaround times for all. Providing custom wood floors, wooden countertops, cabinets, John Boos Blocks, and many other wooden assessments, we are proud to offer the best value without compromising any of the quality you would expect and deserve. Our business has a storied history of doing all things the right way, the first time. Our manufacturing processes are unique in this industry and allow for unrivaled flexibility in custom profiles. Also, our commitment to quality has earned us the trust of our customers through Colorado, Wyoming, and many other surrounding areas.

Feel free to contact us today with your needs or visit our retail sales and showroom located at 1500 Riverside Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado. For commercial and residential sales please call 970-482-1928 or for wholesale and manufacturing, 970-482-0222 or 800-950-1928 with any other general questions about our products and services. We can also be reached by email at as we look forward to showing you the effects quality beautiful natural woods can have.

Photo Contest Winners

April 17, 2018

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos in Sear Trostel’s first Photo Contest! We love seeing all the beautiful and creative ways our products are being used — and the photography skills used in showcasing your work.

Winning photos were chosen based on the overall use of materials in the project, photo composition, lighting, and visional interest.

Congratulations to our winners!

1st PlaceEdward Darchuk, Darchuck Fine Woodworking — $100 Sears Trostel Gift Card

2nd Place
— Jean-Pierre Bressieux, Green Home Base Solutions — $20 Sears Trostel Gift Card

3rd Place
— Sean Kleker, Klecker Construction — $10 Sears Trostel Gift Card.


Why Butcher Block Countertops Are an Essential Component of Any Kitchen

Fort Collins & Denver Area

May 16, 2018

When people are considering remodeling their kitchen, they usually look to new cabinets, flooring, and appliances to make a statement. While these are all a big part of any kitchen remodel, an often overlooked component of this project is the inclusion of a butcher block countertop. People value the importance of having a beautiful, solid and dependable cutting board, but often overlook the butcher block as a valuable kitchen countertop or accent countertop option.

The Value of a Butcher Block Countertop

Butcher block countertops are a classic addition to your kitchen that create an accommodating environment for any cook. Having a proper surface to cut on is an essential part of your kitchen, and having butcher block countertops installed ensures you will have no shortage of space from which to work.

Butcher block countertops are made from straight cuts of wood that have been glued together. They differ from standard cutting boards in that they are thicker and tend to have a larger surface on which to cut. As the name suggests, butcher blocks are primarily used for cutting, filleting, deboning, and quartering of meat. 

Perhaps the most important aspect of any butcher block countertop is its sturdiness and dependability, the last thing you want to have happen is to be preparing your meals on a flimsy cutting board that can break in half, dull and damage your knifes, and potentially contaminate your food.   

If you are having a butcher block countertop installed in your home, you will want to consider wood that is unsealed and ready for an oil finished. This is because a sealed countertop will not work as a functional cutting surface. If the wood you select is sealed, it will typically have the surface covered up with a resin or polyurethane, which ultimately will give you a beautiful countertop but you will need to treat it like other traditional countertop surfaces and avoid cutting directly on the surface of a sealed butcher block.  

Choose Sturdy, Long Lasting Material

If you are thinking about purchasing a butcher block countertop for your kitchen, you are going to want to select one that you know will last and can be counted on to make it through any tough job without being damaged. The John Boos butcher block is a terrific option for fulfilling this requirement. They are made with the highest quality end grain and edge grain wood, and are reliable options for your kitchen. 

In deciding between end grain and edge grain butcher block countertops, you will need to consider a few different factors. First, if you are needing the toughest and most scratch resistant type of butcher block, one that is made of end grain will fit the bill nicely. When you are cutting into it using your knife, it will not scratch as easily, and the knife will actually sink into the wood fibers while you are cutting. 

This is because end-grain wood is a much more fibrous surface, and its scratches will not show as a result. End-grain wood butcher blocks are arranged in checkerboard patterns due to the construction of the material, and can be an eye-popping accessory for your kitchen as a result.

If you are not intending on doing intensive cutting, an edge-grain butcher block countertop can be the right option for your home. These are usually not as thick, and can show off the colors and character of walnut, maple, oak or cherry hardwoods on your countertop surface. Strips of wood are arranged side by side and grafted together to give edge-grain butcher blocks its appearance. Regardless of if you decide to go with an edge-grain or end-grain butcher block, you can rest easy in knowing that both options are sanitary and long-lasting if properly maintained.

Why Make the Decision to Choose Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher block countertops are a terrific method of adding functionality and class to your kitchen in a way that traditional countertops cannot compete with. This option can be a fantastic way to add a layer of functionality to your kitchen that you never thought possible. 

Traditional kitchen counter tops are often made of material that would be easily damaged by the use of knives on their surface, and are usually not constructed to be used for such activities. Butcher block countertops are meant to be used for such cutting processes, and provide a functional staple for your kitchen.

By having butcher block countertops installed in your home, you will also be saving precious space in your kitchen. With the purchase of countless kitchen accessories, your cabinets can fill up faster than you realize. Installing a butcher block as the countertop itself will ensure that you will have one less accessory to put away and fit into your limited cabinet space.

Beyond the obvious benefits of being able to cutting on your countertop surface, there are additional positive attributes that can make a countertop butcher block the perfect choice for your kitchen. Countertop butcher blocks add a layer of classic appeal that standard countertops cannot rival. For homeowners looking to bring a warmer, more natural appearance to their home, installing a wood countertop can be just what the doctor ordered.

In addition to their functionality as a permanent kitchen accessory, butcher block countertops can be used as an accent island within your kitchen. They can also be utilized as a workspace for studies as well as for workshops. 

Installing a butcher block countertop can also provide a degree of contrast to all of your other kitchen materials. If you kitchen consists primarily of tile, ceramic, and steel or metal appliances, installing wood countertops can provide a proper sense of balance for added visual appeal. Having an overly sterile kitchen can be uninspiring and uninviting, and having wood countertops can be a great way to break up this monotony. 

If you are interested in having John Boos butcher block countertops installed in your home, or have questions about finding the right countertop style for your kitchen, contact Sears Trostel Lumber and Millwork today. We are more than happy to assist you in finding the best countertop and butcher block style for your home.

A Visit from Budding Woodworkers

March 19, 2018

In our neverending quest to inspire younger generations to the virtues of creating with wood, we recently welcomed Design Technology students from Lesher Middle School in Fort Collins for a tour of our Airpark facility.

They explored the production floor and had a chance to see our precision saws and moulders in action.

We thank these budding woodworkers, and their teacher Owen Murphy who arranged the visit, for coming to learn about wood and techology used to create wood compononents for building construction.

We encourage other teachers and their students to visit. To arrange a tour of our Airpark Dr. and/or Riverside Ave. facilities, please contact Carl Herrmann at 970-482-0222.