I’m not the most hands-on-person when it comes to doing home repair or remodeling projects—it’s easier for me to pick up the phone and call a professional that has way more experience than I do. But I do roll up my sleeves way before I make that call and educate myself on what it is I want, or think I want, so I can ask the most informed questions and know what kind of materials I want for the project.
Even a recent moulding installation project had me shaking my head with the amount of options and things to consider when it comes to choosing profiles, heights, distances, etc. You would think installing moulding would just be a no-brainer. But did you know that the right moulding can make a small room look larger, a large room look smaller, add upscale detail, and even enhance the value of your home?
The video below, Moulding Basics, from Inteplast Building Products is a quick 1 minute primer on what moulding can do for your room. You can purchase Inteplast’s moulding products from Lowe’s, so take a field trip to your local store and see the products in person. They come in too-many-to-name-here profiles and colors. They’re pre-finished, lightweight, and easy to install for those DIY aficionados and wannabes out there. Even if you aren’t the do it yourself type, your contractor will appreciate their easy workability too.
I hope this video gets you started. For more detailed information about the different moulding profiles, options, and inspiration, visit Inteplast’s website. I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading!
Hello my fellow DIY friends, Andrea here with you this week. This fall project is sooooo easy, you’re gonna say: ”This can’t be all there is to it.” Well, it really is that simple. In fact, you can start on it five minutes before Thanksgiving guests arrive and still have it done in time to cook the Turkey. I wouldn’t recommend waiting until then to do it. But you could if you wanted to.
Last month I tackled a weathered wood-look headboard using Inteplast Accent Planks that I purchased from Lowe’s. I had some planks left over so I decided to do a quick fall décor project. I have a couple more planks left over, so stay tuned for an easy-peasy Christmas-themed project idea coming up next month. So, without further ado…ta-dah, here it is!
Now, I have a Cricut (pronounced cricket, yep, like the insect) die cut machine so I created all of the die cuts. But you can just as easily do this with some wall decals that you can find online in shops like Etsy. Here is a link to decals for the word Thankful , and here is a link to fall leaves decals. Just make sure the size of the decals fit your accent plank, or planks if you use more than one.
For this project, I used an accent plank in Sierra Brown, but there are several other color options to choose from: Reclaimed White, River Grey, and Whitewashed Pine. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit that includes 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White.
One of the best things about these Accent Planks from Lowe’s is that you hang them using Command™ Strips from 3M. That means there is no damage to the wall or the plank when you take it down at the end of the season. Also, if you don’t like where you put it, you can take it down and rehang it somewhere else.
So, here’s all the materials you need:
Then, lay the decals out on the board and determine where you want to place them.
Then, you peel off the backing and apply the decals to the board. Once your lettering and leaves are in place, apply the CommandTM Strips from 3M and hang the sign on the wall.
I promise you, there are no hidden steps that you’ve missed. I told you it was easy. I wish you all the fun and joy of trying this project for yourself. It’s definitely one of those that you can let the kids do as well. See how creative you can get for the holidays. Thanks for reading!
Hello readers, Jennifer here with you this week with some decorative moulding installation tips and tricks to help you spruce up any room. I remember visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina as a child and my eyes were instinctively drawn to the opulent wide crown moulding in each of the rooms. Obviously the decorative moulding in my house isn’t on the same par as ‘America’s Largest Home,’ but I’ve got some fancy moulding in a few places that I’m pretty proud to show off. No matter that it looks lavish, moulding is actually the one easy-to-do, inexpensive design element that can make rooms seem taller or shorter, elegant, contemporary or traditional, and can even cover up wall and ceiling flaws. And, if you use decorative moulding by Inteplast Building Products, which you can find at Lowe’s, it’s easy to install yourself because it’s lightweight; you can use either construction adhesive or finishing nails; it comes in a variety of profiles and colors; and it’s prefinished so no painting or staining needed. Here are some common tips and tricks for decorative moulding installation.
First things first. You do not have to be a professional to install crown moulding. That’s the great thing about using Inteplast’s moulding—it’s light weight so one person could handle the job. Of course, if you aren’t installing in a typical square room, things might be a little more complicated. Here are some installation tips from View Along the Way:
If you are installing chair rail or wainscoting, the height of placement depends on the style you’re going for, not to mention the dimensions of your room. Typically you install it between 26 to 32 inches, but those lines get blurred depending on whether you want a more traditional look or more of a contemporary look. To get technical, a good rule to follow is to install the chair rail or wainscoting at 25% of the height of the room. For example, in a room with an 8-foot ceiling, install the chair rail 32 inches from the floor. But the fact is, where you install it comes down to personal style and taste.
Love the look of wide moulding but hate what it would do to your budget? Here’s a cost-effective trick to get the same beautiful look without the added materials. Above your baseboard, and the height is entirely what you want it to be, add an piece of trim—base cap or shoe—and then apply paint to the wall between the two pieces of moulding. Visit The House of Smiths blog to see how they did it.
So you don’t live in the Biltmore. There’s no reason you can’t add some opulence of your own making to your humble abode that might just make you feel like a Vanderbilt. I hope you find these moulding tips helpful. Thanks for reading, I’m Jennifer. Until next time, happy moulding!
Accent walls are all the rage right now. That makes me smile because I do love an accent wall. But don’t give me a can of paint and a roller. Sure, painting is an inexpensive way to highlight a wall but the impact could be much more dramatic with some textured materials in a unique pattern. If you want to add some visual KAPOW to your walls, experiement with patterns and materials. You could use brick, stone veneers, or wood planks to break up a boring room, but they’re heavy, messy, and require a lot of tools. I’ve found that Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks in a weathered wood-look from Lowe’s are the perfect material because they’re beautiful, easy to install, and a friend of the wallet. And they’re so versatile you can experiment with different patterns to really reflect your style. Let’s explore four patterns here.
OK, so it’s been done. You lay your planks left to right, like the horizon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it great. One of the cool things about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is their multicolor kit. The kit covers 15 sq ft and includes 10 planks – 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White. By alternating the three different colors, you can create an inspiring horizontal pattern the likes of which no one has seen!
Now, we’re getting a little edgier. Vertical patterns, where you lay your planks top to bottom, maybe aren’t as common on the walls as they are floors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. In fact, I dare you!
Want to get even crazier? Try a herringbone pattern. This pattern is named after its resemblance to fish bones. Think Herring fish. This design might look intimidating, but what most people don’t know is that it doesn’t involve many complicated cuts—just straight off of a corner at the ceiling or floor. This pattern will be sooooo worth it when you see the final results!
Mix and Match
If you feel you’re ready for the ultimate pattern challenge, why not mix and match a couple of them to create an amazing, one-of-a-kind accent wall? How about a sort-of-herringbone and horizontal plot twist? Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks are so easy to work with and easy to cut, you’re only limitation is your own imagination.
If you’re ready to get started…
Here’s what you need
Here’s what you DON’T need
Because Inteplast’s Accent Planks are completely removable and come finished and ready to install, you don’t need a lot of items that you would if you used other traditional products, like:
Here’s what you do:
First, sketch out your pattern. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist or hire yourself a professional designer. Just rough out what you want it to look like and start from there.
Next, measure your wall. This is where you’ll start to add real-life dimensions to the pattern you sketched.
Now, depending on the pattern you go with, where you start may be different. But for starters, finding the center, using it as your starting point, and working out from there will be the crucial first step for most patterns.
Using a chalk line and/or a level, draw a vertical line and a horizontal line through the center of the wall to give you a visual reference before installing your planks.
What unique patterns can you come up with? We love pictures around here so send them on! As always, thank you for visiting Design Next Door.
Hello everyone, Jennifer her with you on this early fall day. As I’m in the start of having some pre-holiday home improvement projects done, I was thinking: Have you ever watched someone install moulding with a nail gun and wondered if they have ever performed as a contortionist in the circus arts? I’m in awe of the complex maneuvering, limb twisting, and equipment handling they go through to so expertly attach moulding to walls, ceilings, floors, and windows. But if you use Inteplast Building Products prefinished, decorative moulding from Lowe’s, nailing isn’t necessary. It can actually be installed with construction adhesive, unlike most other traditional moulding products, because they’re made from high quality polystyrene which means they’re light weight and flexible. So you don’t get the typical frustrations of installing other substrates—like filling nail holes or nailing upside down. The installation process is so much easier, and it’s as simple as measure, cut, and adhere.
Of course, I’m not the DIY type, so I’m sure I’m making this sound much simpler than it is, but the point is, the installation process is easy to do. The first step of course is to determine the height placement on the wall for chair rails, or ceilings, whatever project you’re working on. Once you’ve determined the measurements, use a level and a pencil to mark a line around the room as a guide for installation.
Inteplast’s polystyrene decorative moulding products don’t require additional saw blades or other tools to cut. You can use the same equipment as traditional wood products. Once you’ve got the dimensions you need, make your cuts.
Apply the contact adhesive to the back of the moulding and to the wall, maintaining at least 1/2" from the edge of the moulding. Let the adhesive air-dry for a few minutes until it gets tacky, and then place the moulding on the wall. Grab your next piece and repeat. Adhesives instead of nails give you a cleaner appearance.
Once the moulding has been installed, you can fill all the joints and splices with caulk if you desire. After installing crown moulding it’s helpful to add a bead of caulk along the ceiling and wall edges to hide any imperfections.
As simple as 1, 2, and 3, here’s what you get:
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The start of fall always reminds me of tasty soups and comfort foods. My mom is an amazing cook. She really gets into it—pre-prepping her ingredients, pulling out all of her pots and pans, and kicking everybody out of the kitchen. She’s always so organized. But if you look at her spice cabinet, you wouldn’t know it. It’s beyond cluttered so she never knows what spices she already has, which means she buys more. She’s got like five of every spice in there. Here’s a sneak peek below. I hope she doesn’t read this. So, being the crafty, dutiful, DIY son that I am, I made her this functional and stylish spice rack using Inteplast’s weathered wood look Accent Planks to get her in the mood to make her famous Curried Butternut Squash Soup. And I’m not gonna lie, I want to be a recipient of said soup, so any means of persuasion I have.
Here’s what you need:
The first thing you’ll do is cut your oak boards. For the spice rack I made, the overall dimensions are 22-1/4” x 24”. Once the boards are cut, go ahead and stain them. Let them dry, and then put the frame and shelves together with the brads.
Next, attach the Accent Planks to the back of the shelf using the brads. Make sure the backside of the planks are facing you before you attach them. I made that mistake myself, so just some words of wisdom.
Then, attach the picture hanging hardware to the back of the shelf. I used eye hooks but you could also use a large picture frame saw tooth hanger. Just make sure whatever you choose has an adequate load capacity for all of the spices.
That’s all there is too it. Now, if I can just convince my mom that she doesn’t need multiples of every spice, she should have plenty of room to fashionably and adequately display her spices. Ahhhh, I can taste that curried squash now! As always, I’m here to talk shop. Let me know what projects you’re working on these days.
Hello there, it’s Andrea here with you this week. Are you one of those commitment-phobics when it comes to home décor? You know who you are. You hate the idea of painting an entire room because four days later you won’t like the color. Or you return light fixtures before you even take them out of the box because they’re so last year. Well these new Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products might just be the one home décor product you can live with. They’re modern, fresh and versatile. For those who have ever wanted to try a weathered wood accent wall headboard, check out how easy it is to do with the Accent Planks that you can purchase from your local Lowe’s.
First Step: Determine the size of your headboard
Based on the size of your bed, determine the width and height you want your headboard to be before purchasing the Accent Planks so you’ll know how many pieces you need. Each kit covers 15 square feet and includes ten 4.5” x 4’ planks. I would suggest cutting a thin piece of plywood the size you want the headboard to be, and attach that to the wall to apply your Accent Planks to.
Second Step: Choose a color (this is the fun part)
Inteplast Accent Planks come in four colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, Reclaimed White, and Whitewashed Pine. Or you can choose the Multicolor kit which include 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey, and 3 Reclaimed White planks.
Third Step: Measure and Cut
Once you know the dimensions of your headboard, cut the planks in a variety of lengths for maximum uniqueness.
Fourth Step: Install
This is the easy part. Minimal to no wall prep needed. Just follow the fast and easy installation instructions. Using a light construction adhesive instead of the included 3M Command Strips attach the Accent Planks to the plywood you cut. You can create a variety of patterns, including herringbone, vertical, or horizontal. Be as creative as you want!
Fourth Step: Frame the Planks
Using Inteplast Building Products prefinished decorative moulding in a variety of colors and profiles—also available at Lowe’s—create a finished look to your new headboard. Now, isn’t that a gorgeous look you can live (and sleep) with?
In addition to a headboard, you can create custom, accented walls throughout your house—inviting entry ways, out-of-the-box splash guards, and stand-out accent walls. And hammer and nails required! Thank you for reading. Until next time, I’m Andrea.
Hello all, Martin here. You get me two weeks in a row. That’s because I’m on a DIY roll this month seeing how many creations I can come up with using Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks that you can purchase from Lowe’s. If you aren’t familiar with this product, it’s used mainly, well, as the name implies, to create a unique accent wall in a variety of patterns and color options. These planks are cool because they don’t have the permanency—or the installation pain—of wallpaper. That’s because they are completely removable and replaceable, applied with 3M Command Strips. That means no hammer and nails. They have the popular weathered look without splinters and bugs, and they come prefinished and ready to use.
To demonstrate their ease-of-use and versatility, I’ve challenged myself to see how many DIY projects I can create using the Accent Planks. Here’s another one: A picture frame backdrop that adds weathered character to any wall in your house. Let’s get started.
Materials you’ll need
The first step is to cut various lengths of Accent Planks to get your desired effect. Feel free to experiment to fit your style. I cut these planks in a range from 24”, 18”, 12”, and 6”.
Next, attach the Accent Planks to the plywood with the 3M Command strips that are included in the kit. Don’t forget to darken the edges of the plywood with the marker. You can also use paint if you’d like.
Finally, attach screws to the planks to mount the frames. The screws were included with the frames that I bought, but any screw long enough to go through the plank into the plywood will work.
Now all that’s left is to select the photographs you want to display and hang them on the wall using any frame hanging hardware. Look for my next project, and as always, let me know what you’re working on.
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.