Accent walls, coffee table covers, laundry room enhancements, oh my! These and other around-the-house projects are just a few of the things I’m tackling this summer. Here I’m sharing 10 do-it-yourself design undertakings that I plan to finish by the end of August. It sounds like a lofty goal, but most of these projects can be finished in a few hours or a weekend.
1. Rehab an outdated dresser
I’ve refurbed several pieces of furniture in the past as part of my reuse and renew philosophy. If you have an old dresser from the ‘70s, don’t kick it to the curb. With a few supplies--multipurpose moulding from Inteplast Building Products, paint, finish nails, glue, and some new hardware—you can have a completely new, modern piece of furniture.
2. Cover an ugly coffee table with a sew-easy cover
I found a small, square end table at a garage sale that I had originally intended to refinish, but with some deep scratches, coffee cup rings, and few other unidentifiable defects, it’s gonna take a bit more work than I thought. So, in the meantime, I sewed this super-cute, super-easy cover in an ocean-blue chevron pattern.
3. Create a collage of vintage picture frames
In interior design, not everything has to match in color and style, but sometimes it’s cool if they do. I’ve collected vintage-inspired picture frames from flea markets and garage sales over the past year. I painted them all the same color—Caribbean Blue—and I plan to hang them in a collection in the stairwell to showcase photos of our long-lost loved ones. If you can’t find frames at flea markets, you can make your own ornate, vintage-inspired frames from crown moulding.
4. Spruce up a wall with lighted summer photos
Summertime produces some amazing atmospheric wonders in clouds, sunsets, and sunrises, making it ripe for photographing. Considering that one of the best ways I know to give new life to a room is to add artwork, I plan to use the images I’ve taken this summer to spruce up a wall. Using some prefinished moulding, I’m going to create a frame around a wall sconce that will create a dramatic effect for my photos.
5. Accent a boring wall with reclaimed wood-inspired planks
When we think of accent walls, most of probably think of a bright splash of wall color or decorative wall paper to highlight a specific wall. But I am thinking outside of the can and the roll and going with some accent planks that have the look of reclaimed wood, but without the splinters and nails. I have a boring wall in the family room that I’m going to install Inteplast’s new Accent Planks to create a featured focal point. This product is removable so if I mess up, I can easily remove it and reposition it.
OK, this is half of the DIY projects I’m spending the rest of my summer on. Check back next week where I’ll post the other 5 projects. Let me know how you’re DIYing this summer. Don’t forget to visit our Pinterest page for more design projects and inspiration. Until next time!
Whether you’re tackling a moulding project on your own, or having the work done by a professional, it helps to know what all of the different types of profiles are. And if you aren’t used to the terminology, moulding speak may as well be a foreign language. But rest assured, it’s an easy lesson. Here’s an alphabetical guide to get you proficient.
Also referred to as floor moulding, baseboards cover the joint between the wall and the floor, providing a soft, stylish transition.
You may have heard it called board and batten, but it’s a trim piece used most often to hide the joint between two pieces of paneling or other wall covering.
In exterior application—or interior if you have exposed brick walls—brick moulding fills the space where a door or window and brick walls meet.
In the literal term, it’s a cap for other moulding profiles like wainscoting or baseboards and creates a stylish, finished look.
Think of casing as a baseboard for windows and doors. Casing goes around the perimeters of windows and doors and hides door jamb seams for a finished look.
Originally added as a way to protect walls from chairs pushed against them, chair moulding, also called chair rails, add sophistication and proportion to any room in your house—chairs or not.
Outside corners, inside corners, no matter the corner, corner moulding is most often used with baseboards, and interior window and door edges. It can also be used with crown moulding where the wall and ceiling meet as well.
Cove and Scotia
Cove and scotia mouldings have concave profiles and are most often used where walls and ceilings meet or to hide other joints.
If your project calls for a detailed finished top edge, crown moulding is an ideal choice for capping walls, cabinets, doors and windows, and columns or supports.
Inteplast Building Products manufactures a line of multi-use moulding products like batten, planks, panels, beadboard, and lattice that can be used to create old-world charm, soften and protect exposed wall corners, or create interest on your walls or furniture.
Quarter Round and Shoe
Quarter round and shoe moulding cover the gap where the baseboard meets your flooring. It creates an aesthetic solution for uneven baseboard edges.
I hope you find this vocabulary list helpful. Inteplast Building Products decorative moulding comes pre-finished and ready to install, with no special tools required. It has the same workability of wood, but greater uniformity, and it won’t rot, mildew, or mold. You can purchase Inteplast’s moulding at your local Lowe’s. You can also buy it online at Houzz.com. This handy moulding comparison checklist can also help you determine the right profile for a particular project. Until next time, thanks for reading.
Have you ever wondered if product manufacturers use their own products? Well of course they do! And we here at Inteplast Building Products are no exception. Not unlike everyone else, we have budgets too. So when it comes to decorating our own offices and meeting rooms, we not only want our clients to feel comfortable in a professional setting, but it’s our chance to show off our products in real-world applications as well.
Recently we felt one of our conference rooms was a little boring. We wanted a fresh, inexpensive makeover, but with our busy schedules it needed to take little effort, but produce the greatest WOW factor. Of course we thought about our new product--Accent Wall Planks.
Over just a few hours, our Inteplast colleagues not only spruced up a conference room with a fresh coat of paint, but using Inteplast Building Products Accent Wall Planks, we transformed a plain wall into a stunning focal point. These new planks are great for non-commitals because they use 3M Command Strips to attach, so they’re easily removable. They were also the perfect solution for some of us who couldn’t hammer a nail if we had too (I won’t mention any names). You can find our Accent Planks at your local Lowe’s.
We built out and framed a section of the wall to make the accents more prominent—but that was us looking to impress our clients. The great thing about these accent planks is that no extensive wall preparation or finishing is needed before you start your own project.
For anyone who has a thing for the warm character and the look of reclaimed wood, but doesn’t want to deal with the risk of bugs, splinters, or mold and mildew, you can recreate a similar look and feel with our Accent Planks.
Here’s another creative makeover solution we embarked on in an adjacent meeting space in order to showcase door options. Originally all of the door samples were stacked against the wall, covering each other up. We attached them to a brightly colored wall to more easily check out the doors. This Keeps the clutter off the floor, and the focus on the doors.
Whether you’re looking to overhaul a corporate meeting space or update your own home office, these are some inexpensive solutions anybody can try. Just out of curiosity: If you have a home office, what room is it in, and do you invite your clients there? Let us know how you dress your walls with our Accent Planks to impress your own clients! Until next time, thanks for reading!
Hello readers, Jennifer here with you this week with some front porch inspiration to get you outside where you can enjoy these lovely summer evenings. When I think back to my childhood summers, there is one memory that dominates the rest: sitting outside on the front porch after dinner playing card games with my siblings while my parents talked about their days and waved to neighbors as they passed by. Back then the front porch was just a porch. But today, a porch is an extension of indoor living spaces, with more attention to detail than ever. Including the ceilings!
Beadboard is the embodiment of craftsman charm when it comes to porch ceilings and has been installed for decades over exposed plywood or joists in porch overhangs. But there’s an even better solution than the traditional wood beadboard, which requires staining or painting, and eventually scraping and repainting after the elements take their toll. Inteplast Building Products Beaded Trim is designed for style and longevity. You can dress up porch ceilings and soffits with this tongue-and-groove beaded profile. And, unlike traditional wood beadboard, Inteplast’s product requires very little maintenance. No scraping and painting necessary.
For areas of the country with harsher summers and coastal salt air and sand, Inteplast Building Products Beadboard is the perfect stylish solution because it’s engineered to be weather resistant and won’t crack, split, or rot, and it’s unaffected by insects because it’s pure PVC—inside and out. There’s no organic fills so it’s less prone to mold and moisture. Clean up is easy with just a mild soap and water.
The durability and upkeep of this beadboard product makes it ideal for hard-to-maintain soffits as well. And the smooth, white finish pairs well with any exterior finish whether it’s brick or wood, PVC, or fiber cement siding.
Beadboard is just one of those products that adds a creative, finishing touch to any application you use it for, including porch ceilings. For even more applications with Inteplast Beadboard, and products like trimboard, trim sheet, and millwork, visit them online. Thanks for reading, and enjoy your week.