August 26, 2021
I'm excited to announce that we now have stain grade hardwood Poplar mouldings available!
For all of us, the pandemic has been challenging in one way or another, to say the least. When the lumber industry hit bumps in the road this year, we pivoted! And I'm super excited about the new addition to our moulding family…
Our premium clear (no knots) Poplar hardwood moulding is domestically grown and custom milled for us in Southern California. Since it's custom-milled to our specifications, the profile matches the profile of our other finish options, so if you're placing a re-order; no problem!
Poplar stains beautifully! I've been so excited to experiment with various stains in light grey, medium grey, espresso, and black. Staining allows a light natural graining to show through, adding beautiful dimension and texture to a room. Not to mention how easy it is to stain; no paintbrush required! Simply wipe it on with a sponge or rag! (more tips and recommendations in future blog posts). I've loved experimenting with General Finishes water-based low odor, low VOC wood stain, and Old Masters wipe on stain gel.
Poplar paints beautifully! Prime the mouldings with a good quality primer. I like Kilz Brand, which is available in low VOC in both an oil-base and water-base. After the primer has completely dried, lightly sand with fine-grit sandpaper or a sanding block such as the 3M Pro Grade Sanding Block Sponge. Use painters tack cloth to remove any sanding dust. Your mouldings are now ready for paint! (Side Note: I've received feedback from customers that they have used a good quality 2-in-1 paint + primer and only had to do one coat of paint and then minor touch-up sanding and touch-up paint.)
Since it's unfinished hardwood, it has less off-gassing than finger-joint products, which is important if you have environmental sensitivities.
Like any other fast-growing species, Poplar can purify the air, taking 70 to 140 liters of carbonic anhydrase from the atmosphere every hour and giving back the same quantity of oxygen to the atmosphere. The storage function of carbon (Carbon sink) is also performed after the transformation of the wood into a finished product.
As I mentioned at the outset, I am excited about our new Poplar mouldings, and I hope you are too! Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about our new moulding option! 😊
April 21, 2022