It’s Martin again, with another doable DIY project for your backyard or your deck. Even though we are half past summer and most of us finished our landscape projects earlier in the spring, it’s time to think about fall planting. This planter box I’m going to demonstrate this week is made from Inteplast Building Products Fascia Board and Corner Board. Last month I showed you how to make an end table out of Inteplast’s products, so this is very similar in construction - a no brainer for you DIY pros out there, and a great beginner project for you folks who are just getting started. You can place this in your yard without worrying about rotting, splitting, cracking, or pests because Inteplast’s products are moisture resistant. So, let’s get started.
Materials you'll need:
For the deck fascia material, Inteplast has 12 colors to choose from and solid, variegated colors all with wood-grain patterns. I used their Terra Cotta material to build mine, but choose a color and style to suit your tastes, or compliment your existing deck or trim at home.
The first step is to cut the necessary pieces. Start with the 4x4 Inteplast PVC “J” Channel trim to and cut four 12” pieces. Next, pre-install the screws at the ¾” square notch ends on each “J” Channel. Place the screws 3/8” from edge to ensure the holding capacity.
Next, trim the Inteplast Deck Fascia Board to 4 pcs to 2’ long each. Now, align the bottom of the Deck Fascia and “J” Channel, then attach them together with the screws at the four corners. You’ll want to use proper blocking to level the joint before you apply the screws. I enlisted the help of my friend Eric to press the corner board against the fascia for a tighter hold. But if you don’t have a friend in sight, you can use a grip to help add pressure. Next, join the pieces at the corners.
Continue until all corners are joined and you have a square. Finish up by adding the 4” x 4” end caps on the top of the remaining ½” tip of Inteplast PVC “J” Channel. If you use PVC end caps, apply PVC cement to bond the cap. That’s it!
You can make your box any size you like. The diagram below is for a rectangular 2’ x 4’ planter box.
To find Inteplast’s fascia and corner board in your area, check out the Inteplast Building Products product locator tool. What do you think of what I planted in mine? Let me know what you’re gonna plant. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Hi again, Martin here. My Aunt Jo recently asked me to create an inexpensive photo gallery she could hang on the wall to show off her prized flowers from her garden. Since she grows a ton of varieties, she wanted to be able to quickly change the photos out. It didn’t take me long to come up with the perfect solution. This project is a true DIYer that takes no time at all. I just grabbed some Inteplast Building Products prefinished interior moulding and a few supplies and I had this hanging on Aunt Jo’s wall by the end of the day. Here’s all you need to get this project started.
Materials you’ll need:
All right, let’s get started. The first step is to determine the size of frame that you want. I made my frame with a 36-in. opening.
Next, put on those safety glasses and measure and cut 4 pieces of the casing with 45 degree cuts on each end to make the frame. Make sure you are measuring the inside of the frame to get the correct opening size based on what you want.
Here’s a suggestion. It was easiest for me to keep track of which way the cuts should go by cutting at the same angle, one with the finished side of the moulding facing up, the other facing down.
Before you begin installation decide if you’ll be using a hammer and finishing nails or 3M Command strips. I used the Command strips on the whole project. A tip on using them, make sure to put one close to each end and then in the middle to ensure that you don’t have any weird gaps.
Start installing the frame on the wall with one of the horizontal pieces. Be sure to level out the piece so you have a straight line to start with.
Add the first vertical piece, fitting the 45 degree angles together and using a level to ensure it is plumb before securing to the wall.
Now, add the next horizontal piece, then finish with the 2nd vertical piece making sure that your seams are as tight as possible as you go. If you have visible seams, go ahead and fill them with paintable caulk. If you need to touch it up with some paint after it dries you can.
Next, decide how many openings you want. I decided that I wanted to have two larger openings in the middle and four smaller ones on the sides so I set my inner pieces accordingly (it helps to work this out on paper prior to starting your project).
Then, measure the inner space and cut the Batten moulding in the appropriate lengths. I installed my vertical pieces first because it seemed easier (again, use a level to make sure the pieces are plumb).
I installed the Batten moulding using 3M command strips just in case I wanted to change the layout in a few months. I didn’t follow the tip above on how to use the command strips and ended up using double stick tape to affix the ends of one piece because I ran out of the command strips (here’s my “oops” image).
After you’ve installed the moulding, just add the photos you want to feature into the frames, and install them in the openings. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without a pic of Harley (although Aunt Jo might think otherwise).
That’s it, you’re done! To find Inteplast Building Products Moulding in your area, check out their retail locator tool. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
If only I’d known about this project when my son was still a child, his room—and the rest of the house for that matter—could have been less cluttered from Matchbox die-cast cars and trucks. Of course, he would have had to have had one three times this size to hold them all, but what a great idea to not only house the cars, but neatly display them as well. This is an easy do-it-yourself project that my husband made for our young nephew in just a few hours. Using Inteplast Building Products prefinished cap and casing moulding and some standard wood working tools, he put together not just a shelf, but a work of art if I do say so myself. Here’s what you’ll need to create your own unique car shelf.
To get started, determine the length of the shelf that you want to install and cut the lumber to the appropriate length.
Next, measure and cut the Inteplast Building Products Cap and Casing moulding the appropriate length to wrap the lumber. You can find Inteplast’s prefinished moulding at your local Lowe’s or online at Houzz.com. To find a Lowe’s store near you, use the Inteplast Store Locator. You’ll want to miter cut the ends of the moulding so they’ll meet smoothly. Be sure to cut the angles on either end of the pieces so that the cuts will match up. My husband uses a scrap piece of lumber to test his cuts on, which seems to work well.
Once you’ve cut all of your pieces to the correct length (and made sure they all fit together well), attach your lumber to the wall using whatever fastener you want. We used screws for our shelves. Just make sure the fastener you choose can handle the amount of weight you’ll be putting on the shelves.
Then, attach the cap moulding to the top of the lumber by lining up the corner in the underside of the moulding up against the piece of lumber. Secure with finishing nails.
Just a note on nailing the moulding. If you aren’t using a finishing nail gun I suggest only pounding the nail in to just above the surface of the moulding, then finishing it with a nail set to avoid denting the moulding. We learned from experience.
Next, add the casing moulding to the front facing part of the lumber (the flat edge of the moulding should be up against the bottom of the cap that is on top of the lumber) and secure with finishing nails.
If you have some gaps you can fill them in with a little color matched putty, caulk, or spackling for a nice even finish.
That’s it. Stand back and enjoy your work! You can use this shelf to display just about anything you want to showcase.
Stay crafty and have fun!
In this Instagram-on-demand-Snapchat-digital world we live in, who the heck actually still prints out photos? Well I do! Just remember, technology isn’t always reliable and that prized selfie you took in front of a once in a life time visit to the Eifel Tower could disappear with one big technological glitch. Besides, I like to display my pics so I can instantly remind myself of fond vacation memories, fun times spent with friends and family, or a unique moment in nature I was lucky enough to capture. Always on the lookout for the next best DIY project, I came across this cute, stylish picture frame project made from Inteplast Building Products prefinished decorate polystyrene moulding. I put this together in just a couple of hours! To get started, here’s all you need:
Materials To Get:
The first thing you want to do is determine the size of frame you want. I made my frame with an 18-in. opening.
Put on those safety glasses and you’re ready to go. I measured and cut 4 pieces of moulding with 45 degree cuts on each end to make the frame. Make sure you are measuring the inside of the frame to get the correct opening size that you want. I made mine 18-in.
As a side note, it was easiest for me to keep track of which way the cuts should go by cutting the same angle, one with the finished side of the moulding facing up, the other facing down.
Next, start assembling by fitting two pieces together to form a corner of the frame and stapling along the seam with the staple gun (be sure not to get too close the edges, you could cause the staple to go through to the surface). Be careful with your frame, if you can just move around the table to do the next corner, if you pick up the pieces before the whole thing is secured you could pull out the staples (I speak from experience).
After you’ve secured all of the seams, pick the two sides that you’ll be using to secure the string or cord to and mark at 4.5-in., 9-in. and 13.5-in. on both sides, these are where you will be stapling the cord to the frame.
Cut 26-in lengths of cord and tie a knot in one end of each. Then secure the knotted end of the cord to the frame with a staple on one side of the frame.
Pull the cord to the other side of the frame, pulling taut to determine where you should tie the additional knot then secure that side down with a staple as well. Turn the frame over and inspect to see if there are any gaps in the seams, if there are fill them in with a little plastic wood putty and let it dry according to the instructions on the package then stain using a stain pen that matches the color of the moulding.
You are done! Find a place to hang it on the wall. I used 3M Command Strips to secure it to the wall.
The hardest part about this project is deciding which photos to use! The good thing is you can easily switch out your pictures as the mood hits. Talk to you soon.
Breathtaking fireworks, hot dogs and burgers blazing on the grill, neighborhood parades, and family and friends amassed on lawns under shade trees sipping (insert your beverage of choice here), and hanging out. You know summer has officially emerged with the kick-off the Fourth of July festivities, where we not only thank those fabulous forefathers of ours for giving British rule the boot two hundred plus years ago, but we also rock some patriotic craft projects. Well, at least in my family of DIYers we do. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your family this Independence Day, try one these cool weekend projects.
Bottle Cap Opener / Catcher
Talk about the ultimate Independence Day project. This one will not only satisfy your DIY itch, it’ll help you quench your thirst all summer long. Root beer, bottled soda, ice-cold adult beverages, this decorative and functional PVC trim bottle cap catcher fulfills everybody’s needs. And, it opens bottles and catches the caps, so you don’t have to worry about crawling through the grass looking for wayward lids. Because it’s prefinished PVC from Inteplast Building Products, you don’t have to worry about leaving it outside in the elements because it won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water. If you are so inspired, you can decorate the bottle opener with a Fourth of July theme. Check out the full instructions here.
Cornhole Game Project
Horseshoes, croquet, badminton, water balloon wars, you name it, we’ve played it during the Fourth. But my family’s all-time favorite lawn game is cornhole, also called bean bag toss or dummy boards. You have two raised platforms with a hole in the far end of each platform. Players from two teams take turns tossing the bean bags into the holes. If you put the bag in the hole it’s 3 points, it you land it on the platform, it’s 1 point. The team to reach 21 points wins. Or if you’re in my family, you make rules up as you go. We recently posted instructions on how to build this Inteplast PVC trim cornhole game. Take just a few hours to put this together and you’ll have years of entertainment.
You can’t get any more patriotic than crafting an American Flag. Here’s a unique, flag-inspired project made out of Inteplast Building Products prefinished batten and base moulding. This piece evokes a real Americana feel, and the best thing about it is that you can hang it up and leave it all year round. Sure it’s patriotic, but not in the kitschy red, white, and blue sense. This DIY gem uses colors of Russet, Espresso, and White Oak. So make like Betsy Ross and lay down some stars and stripes.
Have a safe and Happy Independence Day!