Bread 'N' Boards 2018

October 29, 2018

Join us for the 13th Annual Bread 'N' Boards fundraiser to benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County. It’s our favorite and most anticipated event of the year. Come for the boards, the fun, and to help a great cause!

Bread 'N' Boards 2018
Saturday, December 1
9:00 a.m. to Noon

Sears Trostel Lumber & Millwork
1500 Riverside Ave.,
Fort Collins, CO

Come early...the boards will go fast!

Cutting Boards Make Great Gifts

With a donation of $35, take your pick from hundreds of beautiful hardwood cutting boards created by Sears Trostel employees and sanded by community volunteers. With many shapes and sizes to choose from, and the holidays soon upon us, you may want to take home more than one!

Each board comes with a certificate for a FREE loaf of Great Harvest bread, and a bottle of finishing oil. The Food Bank provides color gift tags to include when giving the boards as gifts.

Place your bids in the Signature Board Silent Auction where you’ll find one-of-a-kind boards — and other handcrafted items — donated by local artisans. Auction closings are at 9:30, 10:15 and 10:45 am.

As you browse the wide selection of standard and Signature boards, enjoy a slice of Great Harvest Bread and music by local musicians. Stop by the New Belgium Brewing table for silkscreened dishtowels made especially for the event.

Why We Do This

Since 2005, Bread 'N' Boards has raised $295,635 for the Food Bank. Each $1 donated provides $5 worth of food. The equivalent of $1,478,175 worth of food has helped feed families in Larimer County since the first Bread 'N' Boards event. Last year’s event raised $35,512, and we’re prepared to make that goal again this year!

Bread 'N' Boards is one of the top external fundraisers for the Food Bank each year.

The money generated by Bread 'N' Boards goes to covering transportation costs for donated foods, as well as numerous Food Bank programs:

Fresh Food Share — The Fresh Food Share programs consist of our brick-and-mortar pantries, mobile food pantries and Family Medical Center pantry where neighbors in need can shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, meat, dairy and shelf-stable items – all at no cost to them.

Nutritious Kitchen — Staff and volunteers work in the Food Bank kitchen each day, preparing fresh scratch-cooked meals for children and seniors in Larimer County. Last year, more than 170,000 meals and snacks were prepared in the Nutritious Kitchen.

Nourishing Network — Provides food to over 85 non-profit organizations to distribute to their clients in need. Member agencies include food pantries, kitchens, shelters and snack programs that serve low-income populations. Each year, the Food Banks saves these partner agencies over $2 million on food costs.

Join Us for the Fall DEMO DAY Event on October 25, 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
1500 Riverside Ave., Fort Collins, CO

See the latest tools and products from top woodworking brands IN ACTION! Talk with manufacturer reps, enter to WIN great PRIZES, and have a FREE lunch at this fun and informative event. Whether you are a professional contractor, home DIYer, woodworker, or artist, this event has something for you.  

And you'll want to be sure to witness one of the amazing hot dog vs. SawStop table saw demonstrations. See who's the winner!

Register on Demo Day to WIN over $700 worth of prizes:

(You do not have to be present to win)
  • A pair of Kreg Track Horses ($240 value)
  • EcoPoxy UVPoxy Kit (4L) and 2 jars of Metallic Color Pigment ($191.95 value)
  • Bora Portamate 300-pc Drill Bit Set ($120 value)
  • A pair of Bessey Tools EZS 90-8 Clamps  ($71.89 value)
  • Bora Portamate Pedestal Roller ($55 value)
  • Ecopoxy Liquid Plastic Kit ($48.36 value)
  • Snappy Tools 1/4″ Hex Power Bit Drive Shank set ($30.59 value)
  • 2 FastCap ProCarpenter Tape Measures 30’ ($13.99 value)
  • FastCap ProCarpenter FlatBack Tape Measure 16’ ($9.99 value)
  • FastCap HD Skins Gloves ($6.60 value)
  • FastCap Skins Gloves ($5.50 value)
Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy BBQ and beverages on us!

While you’re here, take advantage of the Trade Up to Festool Promotion that runs through October 31. Purchase a new Festool 55 Circular Saw or Plunge Router, and Festool will send you a $100 pre-paid Mastercard when you trade-in your old tool. Festool will even pay for the shipping of the old tool!  A Festool rep will be on-hand at this event to discuss the full line of Festool tools. Test them out yourself!

See the possibilities with EcoPoxy Resins. People are using EcoPoxy to create all sorts of stunning projects. With no toxic chemicals, low odor, incredible durability, and crystal clear to very colorful options, EcoPoxy makes it safe and easy to express your creativity.

Check out the NEW Kreg Track Horse and its advantages over traditional sawhorses.

Dakota Rustic Collection has the weathered look of reclaimed wood at a more economical price, and comes in a variety of colors. A Dakota Rustic rep will be on hand to discuss the advantages of using Dakota Rustic for residential and commericial interior design projects and more.

Find out why the Fein Multi-Master is one of the most useful tools for faster and easier completion of a wide variety of renovation and construction tasks. Try it out for yourself!

If you work with large volumes of dust and debris, learn about the NEW Festool CT CYCLONE that separates and collects large debris and coarse dust before it reaches a Festool CT Dust Extractor, resulting in better dust extraction and greater cost-efficiency.


NEW Products at Sears Trostel! EcoPoxy & Dakota Rustic

September 11, 2018

We're pretty excited about two new product lines at Sears Trostel — EcoPoxy and Dakota Rustic Collection. We think woodworkers, artists and interior design buffs will be, too. Sears Trostel is the ONLY place you’ll find both lines IN STOCK in the Fort Collins and Northern Colorado area. Come to our Riverside Ave. location to see all the options.

EcoPoxy Resins

The creative possibilities are endless with EcoPoxy Resins! Create crystal clear or very colorful surfaces that are incredibly durable — and do it with NO toxic chemicals. EcoPoxy products are safe and low odor and made of bio-based materials like soybeans, cashew nut oil and egg shells.

People are using EcoPoxy for all sorts of amazing projects. Want more ideas of how you can use EcoPoxy? The EcoPoxy Instagram feed is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Dakota Rustic Collection

If you love the look of reclaimed wood, then check out the Dakota Rustic Collection. A reclaimed wood alternative made of sustainable raw lumber that is processed to create a weathered appearance.  It’s more economical than true reclaimed wood and available in 7 COLORS. A beautiful choice for residential and commercial interior design projects BIG and small, furniture-building, art projects and more. Plus the boards are reversible with Weathered and Rough finishes for more design options.


Calling all woodworkers! Get a head start on Bread ’N’ Boards.

August 24, 2018

It may be hot now, but the snow — and cutting boards — will be flying before we know it!

Now is the perfect time to start crafting a one-of-a-kind Signature Board for the Sears Trostel 13th Annual Bread ’N’ Boards fundraiser.

Since 2005, the event has raised $295,635 for the Food Bank for Larimer County, and we could not have done it without the help of our local woodworking community.

As we prepare for the event on Saturday, December 1, we once again look to our woodworking friends to show their stuff!

The Signature Board Silent Auction plays a big part in the success of the event, where over 1000 cutting boards are sold to benefit the Food Bank. Woodworking artisans donate their time and talents to create a beautiful variety of custom hardwood cutting boards for the auction. These boards can bring in contributions from $35 to $400 each.

Help us fill the silent auction coffers for this year’s fundraiser. GET INSPIRED and donate a board to the cause!

Create a wooden masterpiece (or more than one!) to help provide inspiration for culinary delights in the kitchens of the lucky recipients. Woodworkers from novice to professional are encouraged to participate.

Signature Board donors receive a Bread ’N’ Boards t-shirt, and those who wish to promote their professional talents may display brochures and business cards at the event.

Please let us know you're on-board to donate a Signature Board. Email Liz Carter at or call her at the Riverside store, 970-482-1928. Completed boards for the auction are due by Thursday, November 29.

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 floor plan 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 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.