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!
Once in a while an amazing DIY product comes along that even I will roll up my sleeves for instead of calling a handyman—and I’ve found it. I have never been a fan of wallpaper, and just painting an accent wall in a bold color doesn’t really inspire me either. Lately I’ve been craving an accent wall with the popular reclaimed wood look, but I don’t want the bulk, needless to say the hassle of cutting and nailing the boards on the wall. So when I heard about the new DIY-friendly Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products, I knew I found the solution for infusing some character into a wall in my home office.
The Mixed (multicolor) Kit includes 10 planks in three distressed colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, and Reclaimed White. For anybody wanting a rustic look without the commitment and trouble of actual reclaimed wood, the color combination in this kit will not disappoint. You can install them in a variety of patterns like horizontal or vertical, or go crazy and do a herringbone if you’ve got the gumption. Probably the most amazing detail for me is the peel-and-stick installation using CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M—which are included in the kit. The good news is, they’re removable so if that herringbone doesn’t work out, you can start over.
The new Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products are readily available online at Lowe’s and Amazon. Each kit includes ten 4.5” x 4’ pieces that covers 15 square feet with no extensive wall prep or refinishing work required. They come finished and ready to go. The best part, once they’re up, you can easily clean the wall with a damp cloth.
Because the Accent Planks are moisture-resistant, these would be perfect in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, laundry rooms, or mudrooms. So not only do they offer unique aesthetic design opportunities, they’re durable. And no splinters! And think outside of the wall too. You can use the planks to clad a kitchen island, you can create a headboard, and and you can even create a great art piece with them. The opportunities are endless, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
I have so much more to say about these new Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products, but you’ll have to wait until next time! Thanks for reading.