Hi all, Martin here with a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Remember those porcelain chalkboards in school that took up an entire wall? I can say that I spent many frightening moments standing at that board in front of the class, forced to perform mathematical problem solving miracles that I always got wrong. Well today it seems like most classrooms have gone to dry erase boards instead. But I love going into a coffee shop or restaurant where they still use old fashioned chalkboards for their ever-changing menus. In fact, an artist friend of mine makes some decent cash as a chalk board muralist for local establishments. To add a bit of a vintage vibe to my own kitchen, I recently created a chalkboard with a weathered wood- look frame using Inteplast Building Products new Accent Planks. This is an easy one folks. I promise you can have it done in a couple of hours.
Materials you’ll Need:
• (1) sheet of 1/4" plywood (or 5.2mm hardwood sold as dimension) cut to 24” x 36” (I got a pre-cut piece at my local retail store.)
• (3) Inteplast Accent Planks
• Chalkboard paint
• Paint roller
• Picture frame hanging wire and eye bolts
• Hot glue gun
• Mitre saw (you can also use a circular saw and a speed square)
The first step is to cut your plywood to 24” x 36”. Next, paint the plywood with the chalkboard paint and let that dry. I used two coats, but just check out the recommendations for the type of paint you use. Don’t forget to paint the edges of the plywood too so the sides are less visible when you go to hang the chalkboard.
Now, let’s work on the frame. Measure and cut your Accent Planks at a 45 degree miter. You can purchase Inteplast’s Accent Planks at your local Lowe’s retailer. I used Sierra Brown but you can choose from a range of their prefinished colors like Whitewashed Pine, Reclaimed White, River Grey, or a multi-color kit. The best part about working with these planks - no splinters, bugs, or mildew! And because they’re PVC, they’re easy to wipe clean.
Almost done. The next step is to affix the Accent Planks onto the chalkboard using a hot melt glue gun. Let the glue dry, and then you’re ready to hang it. Just attach the wire and eyebolts in the position you’d like—vertical or horizontal—and hang it on the wall.
That’s all there is to it. Get yourself some chalk and start writing reminders. If you’re so inclined, create your own chalkboard artist-inspired murals. Or, just keep track of doctor’s appointments like I do. Yep, I’m still old school when it comes to calendars. Until next time, keep up the DIYing.
This time of year reminds me of spending an entire weekend helping my daughter get settled into her college dorm a few years ago—her first home-away-from-home. Already facing the stresses of being away from home, finding her classrooms, and making new friends, I wanted to help her create a space that she felt comfortable and relaxed in.
In addition to the necessities like linens, office supplies, toiletries, lamps, laptops, and other electronics, Here are some inexpensive, easy to install, stylish suggestions to help turn a bland dorm room into an inviting, homey place that your student will be happy to come home to—and hopefully study.
An accented wall. When most colleges have rules about what you can and can’t put on walls—specifically no paint, personalizing a dorm room can be difficult. I wish these Accent Planks from Inteplast had been around when my kid was in college. These self-adhesive, removable planks that look like reclaimed-wood are easy to apply and even easier to remove. Put them up on the wall to define a study corner, or create a headboard. You can get these at Lowe’s too.
Small storage options. Dorms are typically tight on space, especially if you have a roommate. It’s important for students to have a space for their personal things like keys—instead of tossing them on an end table. Here is a unique DIY hidden storage cabinet that doubles as a picture frame. You can make this as stylish as you want from Inteplast’s varied color and profile selection of moulding.
Familiar photos. A bout of homesickness can strike a college kid at any time; especially if they’re stressed. I made sure my daughter had lots of photos of family and friends hung prominently on the wall that she could look at every day to remind her how much she was loved. Again using prefinished moulding from Inteplast that you can purchase from Lowe’s, you can create this inexpensive rotating photo frame that students can easily switch out photos or other artwork.
Updated furniture. Having a piece of furniture from home is another way to feel at home in a dorm. It also means you don’t have to go out and buy something new. But sometimes old furniture is, well, old. Maybe a childhood piece of furniture just needs some visual interest to make it new again. You can easily do this by adding prefinished decorative moulding profiles like they did to this dresser. Minimal DIY know-how required.
It’s not easy when your kids go off to college, but knowing they’re comfortable and safe can make life a little more worry-free. All of these Inteplast Building Products can be purchased at Lowe’s. Of course if you aren’t the DIY type, there are lots of other ideas out there to personalize a dorm room. Let us here your suggestions. Thanks for reading.
Well, it’s officially August now. I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone by. And I still have a ton of things to do before it ends—like the 5 remaining crafty endeavors I have on my summer bucket list. Last week I shared with you Part 1 of the DIY projects I accomplished the first half of the summer. This week, I’m talking laundry room shelving, installing some premium door jambs, and upholstering a headboard, just to get me started. You can do these yourself in a few hours or a couple of weekends. And away we go…
6. Adding shelves to the laundry room.
I cringe at clutter…I’m guilty of cluttering, but it still makes me cringe! Some folks don’t put much thought into organizing and decluttering a laundry room, but when I recently knocked down all of the outdated, about-to-fall-over cabinets in my laundry room, I wanted a deliberate change. My plan is to create modern open shelving units using Inteplast Building Product’s pre-finished moulding in crystal white. The open shelves will force me to keep the clutter to a minimum (at least that’s my logic going into this).
7. Making a fabric guestroom headboard.
Now I know some of you don’t want to go too overboard with a guestroom suite because you think your guests will never want to leave (I’m in no way talking about my own family). But there is something about making visitors feel comfortable, relaxed, and appreciated that warms my heart as a hostess. My next project is creating a duvet with a matching fabric framed headboard. Using Inteplast’s prefinished moulding again, this time in mahogany, you can create a frame that attaches directly to the wall behind your bed for a cozy focal point. Who knows, you might get inspired to start your own B&B.
8. Creating some pizzazz with premium door jamb kits.
You can add opulence to any door in your home, all by yourself, with a pre-finished door trim kit. This premium door jamb kit from Inteplast Building Products comes with fluted casing, two decorative corner blocks, and two additional plinth blocks to give the frame a solid base look. You can buy the kit from your local Lowe’s, and with just a little elbow grease and a couple of hours you’ve got a wow factor!
9. Replacing a weathered park bench with a sturdy composite one.
I sat down on my wood and metal park bench this past spring to admire my azaleas, and bam, the weathered wood plans broke! PVC and composite benches are the perfect alternative where the elements can be harsh, and they’re a natural fit for any home garden, trail, or pathway.
10. Taking a cue from summer’s trending pallet of soft gray.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you repaint your walls or siding every few months based on the whim of a seasonal color trend, but, if you are ready to paint this summer, like I am, and looking for something cool for the summer but that will carry you throughout the year, how about soft gray. This wistful shade goes with most any décor and has a calming effect—inside and out.
All right my fellow DIY fanatics, I’ve got a lot to do before the end of the month. And you better get busy too! As always, please share your pics with us, and don’t forget to check out our Pinterest site for more fabulous DIY inspirations.
Accent walls, coffee table covers, laundry room enhancements, oh my! These and other around-the-house projects are just a few of the things I’m tackling this summer. Here I’m sharing 10 do-it-yourself design undertakings that I plan to finish by the end of August. It sounds like a lofty goal, but most of these projects can be finished in a few hours or a weekend.
1. Rehab an outdated dresser
I’ve refurbed several pieces of furniture in the past as part of my reuse and renew philosophy. If you have an old dresser from the ‘70s, don’t kick it to the curb. With a few supplies--multipurpose moulding from Inteplast Building Products, paint, finish nails, glue, and some new hardware—you can have a completely new, modern piece of furniture.
2. Cover an ugly coffee table with a sew-easy cover
I found a small, square end table at a garage sale that I had originally intended to refinish, but with some deep scratches, coffee cup rings, and few other unidentifiable defects, it’s gonna take a bit more work than I thought. So, in the meantime, I sewed this super-cute, super-easy cover in an ocean-blue chevron pattern.
3. Create a collage of vintage picture frames
In interior design, not everything has to match in color and style, but sometimes it’s cool if they do. I’ve collected vintage-inspired picture frames from flea markets and garage sales over the past year. I painted them all the same color—Caribbean Blue—and I plan to hang them in a collection in the stairwell to showcase photos of our long-lost loved ones. If you can’t find frames at flea markets, you can make your own ornate, vintage-inspired frames from crown moulding.
4. Spruce up a wall with lighted summer photos
Summertime produces some amazing atmospheric wonders in clouds, sunsets, and sunrises, making it ripe for photographing. Considering that one of the best ways I know to give new life to a room is to add artwork, I plan to use the images I’ve taken this summer to spruce up a wall. Using some prefinished moulding, I’m going to create a frame around a wall sconce that will create a dramatic effect for my photos.
5. Accent a boring wall with reclaimed wood-inspired planks
When we think of accent walls, most of probably think of a bright splash of wall color or decorative wall paper to highlight a specific wall. But I am thinking outside of the can and the roll and going with some accent planks that have the look of reclaimed wood, but without the splinters and nails. I have a boring wall in the family room that I’m going to install Inteplast’s new Accent Planks to create a featured focal point. This product is removable so if I mess up, I can easily remove it and reposition it.
OK, this is half of the DIY projects I’m spending the rest of my summer on. Check back next week where I’ll post the other 5 projects. Let me know how you’re DIYing this summer. Don’t forget to visit our Pinterest page for more design projects and inspiration. Until next time!
Whether you’re tackling a moulding project on your own, or having the work done by a professional, it helps to know what all of the different types of profiles are. And if you aren’t used to the terminology, moulding speak may as well be a foreign language. But rest assured, it’s an easy lesson. Here’s an alphabetical guide to get you proficient.
Also referred to as floor moulding, baseboards cover the joint between the wall and the floor, providing a soft, stylish transition.
You may have heard it called board and batten, but it’s a trim piece used most often to hide the joint between two pieces of paneling or other wall covering.
In exterior application—or interior if you have exposed brick walls—brick moulding fills the space where a door or window and brick walls meet.
In the literal term, it’s a cap for other moulding profiles like wainscoting or baseboards and creates a stylish, finished look.
Think of casing as a baseboard for windows and doors. Casing goes around the perimeters of windows and doors and hides door jamb seams for a finished look.
Originally added as a way to protect walls from chairs pushed against them, chair moulding, also called chair rails, add sophistication and proportion to any room in your house—chairs or not.
Outside corners, inside corners, no matter the corner, corner moulding is most often used with baseboards, and interior window and door edges. It can also be used with crown moulding where the wall and ceiling meet as well.
Cove and Scotia
Cove and scotia mouldings have concave profiles and are most often used where walls and ceilings meet or to hide other joints.
If your project calls for a detailed finished top edge, crown moulding is an ideal choice for capping walls, cabinets, doors and windows, and columns or supports.
Inteplast Building Products manufactures a line of multi-use moulding products like batten, planks, panels, beadboard, and lattice that can be used to create old-world charm, soften and protect exposed wall corners, or create interest on your walls or furniture.
Quarter Round and Shoe
Quarter round and shoe moulding cover the gap where the baseboard meets your flooring. It creates an aesthetic solution for uneven baseboard edges.
I hope you find this vocabulary list helpful. Inteplast Building Products decorative moulding comes pre-finished and ready to install, with no special tools required. It has the same workability of wood, but greater uniformity, and it won’t rot, mildew, or mold. You can purchase Inteplast’s moulding at your local Lowe’s. You can also buy it online at Houzz.com. This handy moulding comparison checklist can also help you determine the right profile for a particular project. Until next time, thanks for reading.
Have you ever wondered if product manufacturers use their own products? Well of course they do! And we here at Inteplast Building Products are no exception. Not unlike everyone else, we have budgets too. So when it comes to decorating our own offices and meeting rooms, we not only want our clients to feel comfortable in a professional setting, but it’s our chance to show off our products in real-world applications as well.
Recently we felt one of our conference rooms was a little boring. We wanted a fresh, inexpensive makeover, but with our busy schedules it needed to take little effort, but produce the greatest WOW factor. Of course we thought about our new product--Accent Wall Planks.
Over just a few hours, our Inteplast colleagues not only spruced up a conference room with a fresh coat of paint, but using Inteplast Building Products Accent Wall Planks, we transformed a plain wall into a stunning focal point. These new planks are great for non-commitals because they use 3M Command Strips to attach, so they’re easily removable. They were also the perfect solution for some of us who couldn’t hammer a nail if we had too (I won’t mention any names). You can find our Accent Planks at your local Lowe’s.
We built out and framed a section of the wall to make the accents more prominent—but that was us looking to impress our clients. The great thing about these accent planks is that no extensive wall preparation or finishing is needed before you start your own project.
For anyone who has a thing for the warm character and the look of reclaimed wood, but doesn’t want to deal with the risk of bugs, splinters, or mold and mildew, you can recreate a similar look and feel with our Accent Planks.
Here’s another creative makeover solution we embarked on in an adjacent meeting space in order to showcase door options. Originally all of the door samples were stacked against the wall, covering each other up. We attached them to a brightly colored wall to more easily check out the doors. This Keeps the clutter off the floor, and the focus on the doors.
Whether you’re looking to overhaul a corporate meeting space or update your own home office, these are some inexpensive solutions anybody can try. Just out of curiosity: If you have a home office, what room is it in, and do you invite your clients there? Let us know how you dress your walls with our Accent Planks to impress your own clients! Until next time, thanks for reading!
Hello readers, Jennifer here with you this week with some front porch inspiration to get you outside where you can enjoy these lovely summer evenings. When I think back to my childhood summers, there is one memory that dominates the rest: sitting outside on the front porch after dinner playing card games with my siblings while my parents talked about their days and waved to neighbors as they passed by. Back then the front porch was just a porch. But today, a porch is an extension of indoor living spaces, with more attention to detail than ever. Including the ceilings!
Beadboard is the embodiment of craftsman charm when it comes to porch ceilings and has been installed for decades over exposed plywood or joists in porch overhangs. But there’s an even better solution than the traditional wood beadboard, which requires staining or painting, and eventually scraping and repainting after the elements take their toll. Inteplast Building Products Beaded Trim is designed for style and longevity. You can dress up porch ceilings and soffits with this tongue-and-groove beaded profile. And, unlike traditional wood beadboard, Inteplast’s product requires very little maintenance. No scraping and painting necessary.
For areas of the country with harsher summers and coastal salt air and sand, Inteplast Building Products Beadboard is the perfect stylish solution because it’s engineered to be weather resistant and won’t crack, split, or rot, and it’s unaffected by insects because it’s pure PVC—inside and out. There’s no organic fills so it’s less prone to mold and moisture. Clean up is easy with just a mild soap and water.
The durability and upkeep of this beadboard product makes it ideal for hard-to-maintain soffits as well. And the smooth, white finish pairs well with any exterior finish whether it’s brick or wood, PVC, or fiber cement siding.
Beadboard is just one of those products that adds a creative, finishing touch to any application you use it for, including porch ceilings. For even more applications with Inteplast Beadboard, and products like trimboard, trim sheet, and millwork, visit them online. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your week.
Happy almost Independence day, it’s Andrea with you this week. Another year, another reason to celebrate our forefathers for fighting for our freedom on the 4th (for my grammar pals out there, that’s alliteration for ya)! It may seem quite boring to you all, but my family and I enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July in the same fashion year after year: We wake up early and watch the sunrise with some sparklers in hand. Then it’s off to our community picnic for dogs and burgers. Next comes the fireworks at the local park where we’re dazzled by the display of freedom-affirming sights and sounds. But in between all of that I find the time to get in a little festive DIYing. For anybody looking for some fun projects to make holiday even more fresh, check out these ideas.
Not all Independence Day decorations have to hang from the walls or sit on tables. How about decorating the grass? Yep, you heard right. Take a look at this ingenious crafty homage to the 4th from Concrete Cottage with painted lawn stars.
Think outside the patriotic color box of reds, whites, and blues and get inspired by the dazzling colors of fireworks for this great, creative salt painting craft idea for kids of all ages. That’s a covert way of telling you I’m totally gonna try this. Saved from Busy Mommy Media, you just need some construction paper, glue, salt, and paint.
Keeping in the theme of fireworks, how about a tasty, cool Firecracker Jell-O snack saved from Kid-Friendly Things to Do. Blue and red Jell-O, some cool whip, and a couple of strawberry Twizzlers, you can’t get more patriotic or refreshed than that. You could also make an adult beverage out of this idea too if you’re so inclined.
Of course no outdoor celebration is complete without a game of Cornhole. This DIY PVC game board from Inteplast Building Products is a great opportunity to get the kids involved in the construction process as well as the playing process. Get step by step instructions here.
No matter what you do, enjoy your freedom and enjoy your families and friends. Happy Fourth of July! Until next time, I’m Andrea and thank you for reading.
Hello all, Jennifer here with you this week, fresh off a beach vacation. Every time I leave the beach, I get a little homesick for the ocean-colored hues, the grainy tans of sea oats and sand, and the teak and mahogany wood trim everywhere. So this time, I decided that there is no reason I can’t surround myself with those things every day to channel the tranquility of the beach. Do you love the idea of a coastal cottage décor, but without the whimsical beach kitsch of flip flops and mermaids? Me too. Here are a few simple interior design solutions to help you incorporate classy seaside chic.
Weathered Wood Look
To me, the tour de force of coastal character is weathered and reclaimed wood. It tastefully reflects true cottage charm. One of the most elegant and DIY-friendly ways to do this without the hassle of finding and hammering real wood is to use Inteplast Building Products new Accent Planks on a wall or two. Whether you like yacht-like wood colors like Sierra Brown or the breezy, crispness of Whitewashed Pine, you can effortlessly channel the sea know matter where you live. The best part about these planks is that they are so easy to install and uninstall because they only use removable Command picture hanging strips. You can create different looks like shiplap or a herringbone pattern. You can even use them as headboard!
Simple things like switching out lighting fixtures can also help you achieve a coastal look. Nautical lighting is inspired from boathouses and ship lighting and comes in a variety of materials like iron, rope, copper, brass, and worn patina. Whether you want to change up a chandelier, incorporate some wall sconces, or add a couple of end-table lamps, you can find many of these options at your local Lowe’s.
Adding a seagrass rug to your living room or dining room evokes that feeling of sea oats blowing in the wind, or a walk on the sandy beach at sunset. Using seagrass rugs with a neutral pallet of whites and tans automatically puts you seaside curled up with a good book! In an array of patterns and colored-borders, Home Depot carries seagrass or sisal rugs that’ll get you the cottage look you’re after.
White Slipcovers and Colorful Pillows
Speaking of a neutral pallet, you just can’t have a coastal décor without white somewhere in the design scheme. Better yet, put it in every room and on every wall! In the living room or a family den, white slipcovers are the way to go—and they’re washable, which makes them even better for high-traffic hangout rooms. Just add a bunch of pillows in beach colors like blue, coral, lime, or turquoise for a pop of color to break up the neutrals.
For other cottage-inspired looks using Accent Planks, check out these creative ideas from Inteplast. Until next time, thanks for reading.
It doesn’t matter how old your kids are, there is just something so special when they create artwork and give it to you as a gift. So while most dads have amassed a collection of Father’s Day ties over the years, my husband has a private art collection thanks to the budding talents in our house. Whether they’re a sketch, a painting, or a collage, you need a place to show them off—and taped to a wall doesn’t cut it. They put their little hearts and souls into their work, so the least you could do is frame it like it’s a Van Gogh.
Sure, you can buy a store bought frame, but where’s the fun in that I ask? So every year, after the kids have created their masterpiece, I help them build a gallery-worthy frame out of prefinished moulding. I like Inteplast Building Products decorative moulding because it comes in a bunch of classic and modern profiles, so you can get a different look for every frame. And, you can buy get it at your local Lowe’s or online at Home Depot.
Here’s all you need to make these frames:
Cut the pieces of the casing to make a simple frame with mitered corners that leave an opening of precisely 8”x10.5”.
Build a simple frame with the 1”x3” wood stock that has an inside dimension of precisely 8.75”x11.25” and join the corners.
Perfectly center the pre-cut pieces of Casing onto the wood frame and attach with short finishing nails or contractor’s adhesive. Attach picture hangers centered on both a short and long side of the frame back.
You can get as fancy as you want. You can make it more ornate by adding a layer of crown moulding and baseboard trim, also from Inteplast. You don’t even need glass. Leaving the glass off makes the artwork accessible so you can easily replace what's inside. Or, if you’re like us, we just build a new frame and artwork every year so my husband can truly appreciate the progression of talent from his offspring as they age.
That’s all there is to it my DIY comrades! I would love to see how you showcase your budding artist’s masterpieces. Send us your pictures. And don’t forget to check out our Pinterest boards for even more projects!