Hi all, Martin here with a new DIY project that will definitely add some grown-up sophistication to your walls in any room, and keep your guests wondering if it’s real or faux. I’m really into architectural details that echo old-world craftsman style, especially the look of wainscoting. Adding real wainscoting panels to the entire bottom half of a wall can be a bit pricey. OK, a lot pricey. But adding moulding, trim, and other millwork products directly to your drywall is an excellent way to imitate real wainscoting and integrate that same charm into your own style. Whether your house is a craftsman bungalow or a contemporary developer-built two-story, you can still honor your home’s style and design sense by adding faux wainscoting.
You can find a ton of ideas on sites like Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford, Houzz, and Pinterest. Yeah, I’m not ashamed to admit it, I like my Pinterest. There are limitless styles and heights and wainscoting designs you can create. You can choose to do a half a wall, or do an entire wall. I’m a big fan of this picture-framing style. They attached strips of moulding directly to the wall to look like raised panels. What makes this project so do-able is using a product like prefinished trim and moulding from Inteplast Building Products. It comes prefinished in a wide range of colors, as well as a white, paintable option so you can match any color you want. In addition to the faux wainscoting, you can add window and door trim, ceiling crown moulding, and baseboards for a complete craftsman-style room.
In this office space photo with faux wainscoting, the owners kicked it up a notch by adding a dark blue paint to the bottom half of the wall before adding the picture-frame detail. I like it!
Faux wainscoting isn’t just for the living or dining room. Check out this nursery wall! They applied the same picture-framing detail over a wall that’s been painted with stripes, and then they painted the centers to match the top half of the wall. You could even use fabric on the wall instead of paint. You’re only limited by your imagination!
Not sure you’re ready to tackle an entire faux wainscoting wall? No problem, start small. Try just adding chair rail and some baseboard to a room to get you in the DIY mood and see where it takes you. Here’s a simple chair rail project I tackled in my mom’s entryway (Harley was a big help as you can see).
A chair rail today, wainscoting tomorrow. Happy moulding, and thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
Hello all, it’s Andrea again, with some ideas on creating a memorable mudroom. When you think of the most well-appointed room in your house, chances are, your family’s mudroom probably is not it. In fact, many mudrooms are an afterthought during the house design process, and certainly when it comes to styling and decorating, it’s the last room to get attention. But just because it’s the worker bee room in the house doesn’t mean it can’t be practical and charming.
One of the first things you can do to make a mudroom functional (and beautiful) is to install easy to clean pre-finished PVC wainscoting to the wall. That way when kids, husbands, or very wet dogs come in through the mudroom and shake and shed wet clothing or fur, cleanup is a snap with soap and water. It’s like it was made for mudrooms: it resists moisture, comes in a variety of colors, installs quicker than traditional wood, and won’t mushroom at the surface when nailed. You can find Inteplast Building Products wainscoting at your local building supply stores like Home Depot.
Another fabulously easy design element with stunning results is decorative moulding and trim around windows, doors, ceilings, and floors in your mudroom. You can carry over the same style as adjoining or nearby rooms into the mudroom so it doesn’t have that neglected look. Of course, you probably don’t want to use ornate moulding profiles that might be in your dining room, but you can easily incorporate style with Inteplast’s pre-finished chair rail, window casing, base board, shoe moulding, and quarter round. Moulding and trim is like the perfect accessory that completes the look.
To round out your mudroom, obviously you need a low-maintenance entry. If you don’t already have a durable flooring surface like tile, laminate, or cement, make sure you include an indoor/outdoor mat to protect your floor. Also, storage is a must for mudrooms as well. Decorative hooks are perfect for hanging up outwear, dog leashes, umbrellas, car keys, etc. For items you don’t necessarily want to be cluttering up the room like rain boots, hats, etc., benches with hidden storage are a great solution for tucking those things away. Since the mudroom will see a lot of water, and well, mud, you may want to consider outfitting your mudroom with a bench or storage bin made of durable, moisture-resistance composite decking material. Inteplast Building Products Deck comes in a variety of naturally-colored streaking and solid color wood grain options to complement any décor.
The best thing about all of these suggestions…they’re 100% DIYable for just about everybody. For those of you out there who’ve created your own spectacular mudroom makeover, please share your pics and ideas! Check out our Pinterest page for more laundry room and mudroom ideas.
Thank for reading!
Hi, Martin here. Ladies, look away for just a second. Ok guys, whether you’re into it or not, it doesn’t really matter. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and chances are your girlfriend, wife, or partner is into it. Now, I consider myself a romantic, renaissance type of guy, but when it comes to gifts, the first thing that comes to my mind is functional. Granted, the word functional is probably not an adjective that’s at the top of my girlfriend’s list of gift priorities. But take this thoughtful, personally crafted necklace holder – it’s functionality disguised as romantic (especially if it comes preinstalled with a little something sparkly dripping from it), and it only took me a couple of hours to make.
I consider myself a hobby carpenter with a fairly extensive repertoire of projects under my belt. But whether you’re getting sawdust on your hands for the first time, or you’ve been creating cool things for a while, this is a project anybody can tackle. You just need the right materials.
The first thing I always head to my workshop with is Harley, my 120-pound mixed rescue dog, and the second thing is prefinished moulding. I use it in eighty-five percent of my projects. It’s the easiest-handling product to make this jewelry holder out of. You can find prefinished moulding at Lowe's, Menards or Home Depot in a variety of woodgrains or white, which you can paint to match any décor. Here’s what else you’ll need.
I’ve used this same project template to make a leash and collar holder for Harley. Hope you make out ok with the project – and for Valentine’s Day. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
I am currently experiencing a bad case of window envy. My neighbor just had all of her exterior and interior windows trimmed in beautiful, wide, decorative casings that give her home a modern, farmhouse-inspired aesthetic. So now, my narrow, average, run-of-the-mill windows and doors look even more narrow, average, and run-of-the-mill by comparison. So even though my budget isn’t going to let me do a complete inside and outside window makeover, I’ve found a manageable remedy for my envy. I’ll start with my bathroom interior.
For me, creating the perfect, personal interior style is all about the finishing details. And there is no better material to finish a room than decorative moulding built out to trim doors and windows. It adds depth, character, and makes a dramatic visual impact.
In addition to longingly studying my neighbor’s trim, I’ve been looking at a lot of design ideas on Pinterest and HGTV. I also found this great step-by-step tutorial on how to trim out a window on the website for This Old House®. As you’ll see when you view the tutorial, Tom Silva suggests starting with stable material to ensure you have a successful installation. I always use prefinished decorative moulding for my DIY trim and finish carpentry projects. In addition to being beautiful with a ton of different profiles and styles to choose from, it’s long lasting and resists moisture, which is perfect for use in the bathroom.
This beautiful bathroom window build out from Inteplast Group Building Products has everything I want for my bathroom window – lots of moulding and trim! In a single weekend, in just a couple of hours, and using four different profiles, this bathroom window went from bland to breathtaking. I’m in love with the bright white moulding against the dark wall color in this project. Here’s a list of the items you’ll need to make it happen, and everything can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Materials used for this project:
Remember, these are just a sampling of the moulding profiles you can use, so turn on your creative juices and design a window or door buildout that suits your own personal taste.
For my fellow DIY fans who’ve taken on your own window or door buildout, please share your ideas! I’d love to see your own envy-inducing updates!