Hi, Martin here. I recently helped a friend finish a laundry room with PVC beadboard, and I realized how this may be the perfect accessory product on the market. I kind of think of it as the ‘new’ wallpaper. Got a problem wall with blemishes or damaged drywall? I know how difficult it is to get a badly scarred wall smooth enough for paint after taking wallpaper down. Applying PVC beadboard, also called planking, is easy, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing without sanding, spackling, re-sanding, re-spackling…. Maybe the best reason to use PVC beadboard is it’s easy to clean and resists moisture, which makes it ideal for laundry and mudrooms. This is an easy weekend project to tackle using Inteplast Building Products PVC beadboard. I found the laundry room build out project information on Inteplast’s YouTube Channel. Check it out here. Also, here are the step-by-step instructions.
Materials you’ll need:
The PVC Planking is perfect for a laundry room because it wipes clean with just a soapy sponge. It comes in 8’ long planks. If you are only doing half of your wall you can easily cut the planks into 4’ sections. With the trim board and cap, the wall will be a little over 4‘ tall.
Measure out how much material you’ll need. Remember, if you are only covering part of your wall, each 8’ section of planking will yield two pieces.
Cut out holes for the plumbing and electrical outlets and apply the planking with finishing nails and PVC Cement. The planks have a tongue-and-groove feature, so it’s easy to lock them together for a smooth join.
To finish off the beadboard install PVC cap to the top edge of the installed planking with finishing nails and PVC cement. Attach the PVC trimboard and quarter round with stainless steel finishing nails and PVC cement. Reinstall the plumbing and electrical trim.
You’re done! The next time you spill something on the walls in the laundry room, just wipe it off with soap and water.
PVC beadboard is that singular product that you can use to create aesthetic details beyond just a coat of paint. Think kitchen island and countertop backsplash. Think bathtub surrounds and cabinet door cladding. Think floor-to-ceiling basement walls or ceilings themselves. PVC beadboard is perfect for subfloor basements because it resists mold and mildew.
If you’re looking for PVC beadboard in your area, check out Inteplast Building Products retail locator tool. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
In honor of National Puppy Day this week, here’s a Harley throwback pic of his puppy days!
Martin (and Harley)
You pass them on your evening walks, you drive by them on your way to work, and you wave to neighbors perched on them after dinner. A front porch is a recognizable architectural staple for most American homes. But have you ever really given much thought to the social significance of a front porch?
Once a necessity, before the invention of air conditioning, front porches were the heart of family and neighbor gatherings where everything from decision making, front porch storytelling, political debating, visitor greeting, harmless gossiping, and chair rocking took place. But alas, with the advent of air conditioning, noisy automobiles passing by, and television sets, Americans abandoned their front porches and moved the conversation inside to the living room.
Well folks, it’s time to reconsider the front porch. Porches add space to a place, as well as preserve the architectural integrity of a house. Most importantly, front porches bridge your personal world with the world outside and give your guests a sneak peek of what they might expect to find in your home, your life, and in your style.
When kids are small, the front porch is the space where muddy shoes, baseball bats, and bikes are dropped casually before they go into the house. Once the kids are grown and out of the house, you can put some time and effort into making your front porch a focal point of the house. Starting with the floor boards.
Inteplast Building Products Porch materials provide the beautiful look of natural wood without the splinters, slips, scratches, and stains. Inteplast Building Products Porches are available in two color collections – Variegated Color and Solid Color – both with reversible finishes in oak or straight grain textures, all with signature benefits of reliable performance, durability, and beauty. Each board has a built-in scratch and stain protection with our 4 sides cap stock.
In addition, the rich, earthy tones complement any outdoor setting, and offer unmatched weather resistance and long-term performance. Inteplast’s built-in color protection technology, ColorTUF™, protects your porch from fading under powerful UV rays. Just visit our retailer search at http://www.inteplastbuild.com/retailer-search.html to find where you can buy our porch products.
And don’t forget about the back porch. Whether overlooking swimming pools or hosting outdoor barbeques, back porches serve as a private sanctuary, an extended outdoor family room or an al-fresco dining area, or both.
Remember, a porch is like a welcome mat that meets the street. It can be solely decorative, a respite for reading, or a place to enjoy a glass of wine after dinner. Why, a house without a porch is just blah!
I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading!
Every now and then I go through the myriad family photos sitting in boxes in the closet and say to myself, “One day I’m going to put these in an album, or even better, frame and hang them on the wall.” Of course it never happens because the fact is I have so many great photos that it would take hundreds of frames (not to mention rooms of unlimited wall space) to display them. But I discovered a way to show off treasured photos and easily swap them out so you don’t have to choose. It’s a DIY picture rail made from pre-finished decorative moulding. Think of it as a rotating exhibition in your own personal art gallery.
The great thing about making your own picture rail from prefinished decorative moulding is the countless design options. Inteplast Building Products Crystal White Collection is the ideal product for this picture rail project because it doesn’t need any paint since it’s prefinished, and it’s lightweight so it’s easy to work with and install. There are so many profile styles to choose from, and you can find them at your local Lowe’s and Home Depot. Here’s all you need to make this cool picture rail:
Materials you’ll need:
The key to this project is the fluted casing moulding, which we’ll use for the shelf itself. It’s lightweight, easy to use and has nifty grooves in it to keep photos from sliding off the shelf.
Cutting and Assembly
And you’re done! Now you can finally take those photos out of the box, place them on the shelf, and change them out often.
Stay crafty and have fun!
Hey guys, it’s Jennifer, and if you are like me, you’re so ready for winter to be on its way. The good news is Punxsutawney Phil didn’t cast a shadow on Groundhog Day, which means an early spring! And I’ve got the fever already. To cheer me up, I spent the weekend planning my biggest spring project yet - a new deck! After last spring of cleaning, staining, sanding down splinters, hammering popped-up nails, and sealing the deck, I declared that I would never do annual maintenance on a deck again! Time is the one thing in life you can’t get back. And I already have a deficit the way it is.
Don’t quote me on this, but I read somewhere that by year 11 of a natural wood deck, a homeowner can have spent nearly $5,000 on maintenance alone. No thank you! What makes doing a deck project so exciting is the countless design and accessory options from Inteplast Building Products. Their decks and porches are engineered to be durable, yet lightweight, moisture resistant - which means no mold and mildew - and the best part, low-maintenance. But if you’re especially interested in the design options and styles, like I am, you don’t have to compromise longevity and durability for aesthetics. They’ve got that covered too with 6 variegated colors and 6 solid colors, all with slip-resistant, splinter-free surfaces. Though I hate the upkeep of real wood, I do like the look of natural wood and modern, dark colors. That’s why I’m partial to their solid color Espresso decking.
When you’re shopping around for the right deck or porch product, take advantage of the online inspiration photo galleries that most manufacturers have. Inteplast has a share feature in their gallery so I was able to send images that I liked to my hubby to get his thoughts. I also used their Deck and Rail visualizer tool so I could match deck colors with rail colors. They help give you a real-world idea of what the products will look like put together.
As an overachieving DIYer, I’m the first to admit my limitations, and this is one of those projects. While I’ll do a lot of the planning and designing myself, I’m gonna leave this installation to the pros and I’ll concentrate on finding just the right patio furniture and accessories to complete the project. Be sure and talk with your local lumberyard or contractor if you are unsure of your deck-building abilities. Inteplast has a DIY checklist if you think you’re up for the challenge.
Keep in mind when thinking about the right deck materials, the time and upkeep needed to maintain your deck over its lifespan I’d rather spend my time enjoying my deck than working on it.
Guess what….only 16 more days until spring! Happy decking everybody.