Hello all, Martin here again. When I was a kid, I got put in my fair share of time-outs. Ok, maybe more than my fair share if you listen to my older brother tell the story. What sent me to time-out more than anything was a bad habit, or favorite pastime, of writing on the floors and walls. I’m just sayin’ that my parents had the hardwoods finished at least twice before I turned 8, and I can’t tell you how many coats of paint they went through. I tell you all this because as kids we’re told not to write on the walls, and now all of sudden this trend of chalkboard walls takes hold. What’s a kid to do? Grab some chalk of course!
I have some good friends with three kids some crazy busy schedules. And with school starting soon they asked me to help install some chalkboard walls in their kitchen to create an information command center so they can see each other’s itineraries to help get themselves organized. I think it turned out ok. I based it on this picture from Inteplast Building Products:
We used a pre-finished decorative moulding from Inteplast Building Products to create the picture-frame detail surrounding the chalkboard panels. I like the way the moulding ties in with their existing DIY wainscoting detail. By the way, tacos are my favorite. I hope they will get the hint from the picture and invite me over for dinner! Take a look at this other chalkboard DIY wall I found from Lowe’s.
During my research for the project I found another chalkboard DIY wall on the Lowe’s website. The entryway chalkboard organizer is a Lowe’s Creative Ideas project. They applied two coats of chalkboard paint to an entry way wall to make a convenient message board center.
To keep the lines straight they used a straightedge, a level, and some painters tape to keep the chalkboard even on all sides. You could also add some pre-finished moulding or trim to define the space (and cover up any uneven lines which would be my case). Visit the Lowe’s site here for a complete list of materials, tools, and instructions.
The best thing about these projects… no more time outs! Unless of course you use a permanent marker instead of chalk. Don’t do that. The other great thing is that these project are all absolutely DIY-friendly. You can buy the chalkboard panels or chalkboard paint and Inteplast’s Moulding at your local Lowe’s store or online Home Depot and Houzz. Catch you next time.
Martin (and Harley)
Hello all, Inteplast Building Products is excited to be attending the Ace Hardware Fall 2016 Convention at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago this week.
We’d love to help you impress your customers and help them create beautiful interior spaces with a 1-2-3 punch - form, function, and style! Our complete line of decorative moulding is available in a variety of classic and modern profiles. And because they’re pre-finished, they’re ready to install with no special tool requirements. Our products have the same workability of traditional wood products, but they’re more uniform, making them easier to place and install. And, they’re moisture resistant so you don’t have to worry about complaints about rot, mildew, or mold.
Ceiling, Floor, and Door Moulding
All of our moulding products go beyond softening transitions and hiding door jamb seams. They add depth and drama to every room in your house by framing picturesque views, creating drama to high ceilings, and adding interest to an otherwise square room.
Don’t forget about the walls! Our decorative chair rails and inside and outside corners can give your customers a variety of design and architectural options to dress up any wall.
Inteplast Building Products Multi-use moulding products create comfort, ambiance, and excitement, all with a welcome home feeling. Create old-world charm, soften and protect exposed wall corners, or create interest on your walls by using our batten or lattice.
If you’re in McCormick Place, stop by and see us at booth #732 at the 2016 Fall Ace Hardware Convention and see why Inteplast’s decorative, pre-finished moulding products are a great choice for your customer’s interior design needs. Our distinctive moulding can help you strengthen your presence in the interior lifestyles market with a wide range of profiles, all with easy workability and consistent uniformity.
Visit our website at www.InteplastBuild.com where you and your customers can find ideas in our Moulding Inspiration Gallery. Also remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for project ideas and tips and tricks to share with your customers.
Hi all, Martin here. For those of you who read my posts often, you know all about my 120 lb. rescue sidekick Harley. He’s a big shaggy loveable mutt, so I do everything I can to keep him cool and comfortable in the summer months. So when a newly opened local park asked me if I’d build them a water station for dogs visiting the park, of course I said yes. Since it’ll be sitting out in the open, obviously I went with Inteplast Building Products PVC trim and planking which is moisture resistant so the park grounds keepers don’t have to worry about rotting, splitting, cracking, or mold and mildew.
I’m gonna warn you, this project may not be for the beginning DIYer. There is some knowledge and know-how that may require some extra skill notching and miter cutting, but don’t let that scare you off. The station I made for the park won’t contain food, but I went ahead and made it a storage bin as well so they can keep extra bowls or bowl cleaning supplies in it. If you’re making this for your home, the extra storage is good for not only food, but leashes, dog bags, etc. So, let’s get started.
Materials you'll need:
You don’t have to be an experienced trim carpenter to appreciate the aesthetic value that decorative interior moulding and trim from Inteplast Building Products can add to a room. And you don’t have to be a carpenter to install moulding either. So if you’re planning a moulding project anytime soon, I invite you to take a look at these inspirational ideas and tips from some industry professionals and notable DIY experts that can help you get a professional finish in an array of applications.
Baseboards, quarter round, and shoe moulding do more than provide a smooth, clean transition between floors and walls. They provide the finishing detail that transforms a square room to a distinctive, livable masterpiece. When you are adding or replacing baseboards in an existing home, you may run into uneven floors and walls which could make installation slightly tricky. Wendi at H20 Bungalow has a great easy to understand DIY baseboard tutorial that can make your baseboard project look just as good as a hired professional, if not better.
The hosts of See Jane Drill instructional videos show you how to install baseboard moulding with imperfect outside angles in this video tutorial. They also show you how to install baseboard moulding for a perfect fit on imperfect walls with these coping techniques in this video clip.
Crown moulding can add interest to plain walls and infuse character into a room that matches the overall style of your home. DIY Internet guru Sandra from Sawdust Girl shows you how to cut crown moulding and how to create and use templates that’ll make installation easier in this online post.
The aesthetic value of Inteplast Building Products Window and Door Moulding goes beyond softening transitions and hiding door jamb seams. It adds depth and drama to every room by framing picturesque views, playing off natural light, and transforming any doorway into an inviting grand entrance. This installation video on window and trim from The Family Handyman provides some trim carpenter trade secrets - like NOT using a tape measure. This post shows you how to install trim just by eyeing it. And the tools are simple: a sharp pencil, a miter saw, and a nail gun.
In addition to these great tips and tutorials, browse our previous blog posts for additional projects and helpful information on using prefinished moulding and trim from Inteplast Building Products in these and other applications like wall and multi-use moulding. To find Inteplast’s moulding, visit their store locator or look for it online at HomeDepot.com and Houzz.com.
As always, stay crafty and have fun doing it!