Hello everyone, Jennifer here with you this week. I don’t know about you, but these unseasonably enjoyable temperatures have me double-checking the calendar just to make sure I didn’t sleep right through February and wake up in spring. If you are in the market for a new deck this year, now is the time to get started so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it throughout the warmer months.
These days, a deck isn’t just a deck. Our outdoor living spaces are just as well-planned and appointed as our interior spaces. And for this reason, designing the right deck can be a bit overwhelming. Sure, you want something that reflects your family’s personal style, but you also want a deck that’s functional, meets your entertainment or leisure needs, and is low-maintenance. So with all of these considerations in mind, where do you start?
The best place to start is at Inteplast Building Products online Deck Visualizer tool where you can conjure up your ultimate outdoor living space with the click of a few buttons. The versatility of Inteplast’s products offer a wide range of options and applications to suit any deck dream you may have.
Inteplast Building Products has a wide array of color choices, applications, and accessories to fit every style, function, and budget. With their visualizer tool you can:
In addition to “seeing” what your dream deck could look like, you can also share your designs with friends and family members, as well as email them to your contractor.
The versatility of Inteplast Building Products offers an unlimited range of options for application in a variety of environments. From decks and porches, to rail and trim, use the tools in this section to help you realize your design dreams. With a deck from Inteplast Building Products you get all the beauty and style you want in an outdoor living space, plus the durability and low-maintenance you need.
It’s just the right time to get started on that new deck. So let these warm days be the inspiration you need to find your inspiration. Until next time, thanks for reading, and as always, share your ideas with us!
Hello again, it’s Andrea here. There’s no better time of the year to talk about Victorian-inspired interiors than the most romantic month of the year! Ornate, color-laden, dreamy, character-driven, charm, and craftsmanship are all words that come to mind when I think of Victorian homes. It’s enough to make me want to flutter a fan while I’m being courted in the parlor and promised a happy-ever-after life.
Another word that comes to mind about Victorian interiors is ostentatious. The flashier the better was the rule so that Victorian families could show off their homes (and wealth). But if you want to add touches of the romantic bygone era with a modern, more minimalist appeal, you can do it tastefully and subtly. Here are some suggestions for keeping it simple but romantic.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: it’s-all-in-the-details. Details often made the Victorian interior. Think fragrant, colorful flowers in every room; carved, upholstered furniture; grandiose knick-knacks in every nook and cranny. You don’t have to go over the top, but you can mix one or two of these elements with modern furniture and décor. Consider adding ornate picture frames or mirrors on one wall. Or add prefinished moulding details to an old piece of furniture. You can even enhance a modern fireplace with an old, decorative mantel you pick up at a flea market.
Victorian-era flooring was often wood or stone with intricate patterns and designs. You don’t have to tear up your floor to get the look. Add Persian rugs instead to capture the same decorative style without the cost (or the mess).
Color-themed rooms were a décor must-do in age-old Victorian homes. And the colors were rich, often dark, and intertwined with floral wall coverings. Consider painting a darker, richer accent wall in a single room and adding craftsman style wainscoting or beadboard to the lower half of the wall to channel your Victorian personality. Check out this previous post on creating your own faux wainscoting using Inteplast Building Products trim and moulding. Or, if you’re feeling brave, do an accent wall with a modern floral wall paper.
Victorian designers spent just as much time on the ceilings as they did the floors and wall. Decorative tin ceiling panels were a favorite trend of the day, as was the use of wide crown moulding. Crown moulding adds drama to any room just by filling in that boring vacant line between your walls and ceilings. And don’t forget the window and door headers as well. You can easily add this spectacular detail with pre-finished moulding you can purchase in-store at Lowe's or online at Houzz.com.
Good luck my fellow DIYers out there who’ve decided to put a little Victorian romance into your homes. Don’t forget to send in your pictures so we can share your masterpieces with our other readers!
Hello all, Martin here. Happy almost Valentine’s Day to my fellow DIY do-ers. Nothing says I heart you like a handcrafted gift you make with love (and maybe some blood and tears if you’re clumsy with a screw driver like I’ve been known to be). I’ve got an easy, practical, and fun do-it-yourself hanging shelf project you can make for your favorite person using Inteplast Building Products Deck board just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is a project even the most beginner of DIYing can handle. Here’s how to get started.
Gather these materials:
First, drill four holes, one at each corner, about 1” from the ends and ¾” from the sides. For this project we used Inteplast’s Deck board in Burnished Maple, but they have multiple wood grains and color pallets to choose from. And, there are no special tools required to work with Inteplast Building Products, but they have the same characteristics and workability as traditional lumber.
Next, cut two pieces of nylon rope in identical lengths. The length you cut the rope will depend on how far from the hook you want the shelf to hang.
Then, run one strand of rope through the two holes on one end of the deck board. Double knot each end of the rope after you’ve run it through the holes. Make sure the knots are bigger than the ¼” holes.
Now, drill a hole on the wall where you want the shelf to hang. Hammer in the plastic expansion anchor then screw in the hook plate to the wall. Place the hook over the hook plate.
Hold on, you’re not quite done yet. Add to the shelf some nostalgic memorabilia like the tickets to your first concert together or a fancy-framed photo of your first trip together to remind your favorite someone what he or she means.
To find a place to purchase Inteplast’s Deck boards visit the Inteplast Retail Locator here.
Hope you make out ok with the project. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Martin (and Harley)
Hello, Jennifer here with a fantastic home DIY project for anyone excited for the movie awards season. When my children were young, we had a dedicated media room, which, no surprise, was our favorite room in the house on weekends. My children, especially my son, was a film buff who collected movie posters and DVDs. Of course, those were the days before streaming and Netflix, so as you can imagine, he amassed quite a collection. We had a spare office space that no one used at the time, so we converted it into a media room with a large TV and surround sound system which made us feel as if we were sitting in a theater. To showcase my son’s DVD and poster collection at the time, I had my favorite handyman install floating shelving on all of the walls. He spaced them in different heights and widths to accommodate the varying poster sizes.
Here is some inspiration for creating similar shelves in your own media room. In this first image above, I’m loving the prefinished strips of screen trim moulding that act like a tract system for hanging the shelves. The straight, clean lines make it easier to hang the shelves level on the wall. Here is a link to the online video tutorial for building a shelf with Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding. You can find a PDF of the step by step instructions here. Here’s the materials you’ll need to build a shelf:
The quantities listed are enough to make one shelf, buy more if you are making more than one shelf.
In the image above, the number 1 references the placement of the screen trim moulding. Number 2 references the fluted casing moulding, which is prefinished with grooves to help keep the contents in place on the shelf. Number 3 references the placement of the cove moulding.
In this next image, they also used Inteplast’s prefinished moulding to finish the media console. Number 1 references the base moulding, number 2 references the cap moulding, number 3 references the cove moulding, and number 4 references the screen trim moulding on the wall. You can find Inteplast’s prefinished moulding products at your nearest Lowe’s or you can order online at Home Depot.com and Houzz.com.
Of course my son has a house of his own now, and he’s taken all of his movie memorabilia with him. But I’ve since replaced the posters and DVDs on the shelves with photographs and artwork. My husband and I still gather in the media room for movie night occasionally, but more often than not, it’s become my hide-away to read a good book, uninterrupted.