It’s almost Halloween. Do you love the spooky decorations and celebration of fall as much as I do? I am planning on decking out my front porch for Monday night’s trick or treaters this weekend. I have a good mix of homemade and store-bought decorations for the porch and around the door. I like to have a spooky theme that isn’t too scary for the little trick or treaters.
One of the decorations is a frame I made last year out of prefinished moulding from Inteplast. It’s a cute part of the front door decorations. You can find the post about how I made it right here.
What do you do for Halloween? Do you go all out and decorate your whole house, the front porch or stick with simplicity and just have a few carved pumpkins? I would love to see pictures of your fall and Halloween decorations, share them with me over on our Facebook page!
Hello again, Martin here. The outside temperatures may be unseasonably warm, but that’s not going to defer the holiday entertaining schedule that’s about to get real. My family, my girlfriend’s family, and my friends and neighbors are big into get-togethers during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, which translates into lots of great feasts and lots of amazing wines and spirits. This time of year, wine is the perfect hostess and holiday gift. But with all of those brand new shiny bottles collecting on your countertops as your guests bring them in; it’d be nice to have extra storage that also let you show them off. Well, have I got a project for you. Not only is this PVC wine rack a perfect gift idea, if you’re an entertainer who likes to serve wine, it’s one of those projects you’ll want to make and keep for yourself.
This is wine rack is so easy to make, here’s all you need to do:
Gather these materials:
First, if I don’t have all of the materials I need, I head out to my local building supply store. You can buy Inteplast Building Products PVC trim at your local Home Depot, or you can check out this retail locator from Inteplast Building Products to find a retailer in your area.
Next, I make four marks, every 10” on the 1 x 4 PVC trim board. Then, on the table saw, I make miter cuts (45 degrees) at every 10” mark.
Once I have the four pieces cut of the PVC trim cut, which will become the wine bottle holders, I roughly line them up to make sure they fit together. This also helps me determine the size of the backer board. Now, I’ll cut the 1 x 10 PVC trim board to 29” long and 9-1/2” wide.
All of my pieces are cut and ready for assembly. I’ll first mark where the bottle holes will be drilled. Starting 2” from the end, I’ll mark the center for the first hole, and then from the center of the first hole, I’ll measure over 3-3/4” for the center of the second hole. I’ll need to repeat this for each of the other three pieces. Check out the diagram at the end of this post for more detail.
Next, apply PVC cement on the edges of each bottle holder, and press them in place on the backer trim board.
After you’ve applied the PVC cement, wait about 3 minutes until it’s dry, and then flip it over and permanently attach with 1-1/2” screws, starting at the edge. Apply three screws for each PVC bottle holder trim piece. Start from the sides and use a straight edge as a guide for the middle screws.
Now you’re ready to hang it on the wall. Using a stud finder, locate the stud. Mount the rack with a screw on the top and one on the bottom, 1” from each edge. Make sure you are going into a stud, you don’t want your wine collection to end up on the floor!
That’s it! Your finished project can hold up to 8 bottles of wine.
Once you’ve got all of your materials and tools gathered, this project shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two tops! Hope you make out ok with the project, and as always, I’m ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Autumn is truly my most favorite season of the year. Where I focus my decorating and efforts on the exterior during the spring, the interior gets all of my attention in the fall. If it’s time to repaint my walls, I usually wait until the fall so I can select rich, warm colors to keep things cozy, considering most of our time will soon be spent indoors for the upcoming winter months. In addition to paint, one of the most creative, inexpensive, and easy to do updates you can do to infuse character in your house by adding decorative moulding throughout. Here are some inspiring room-by-room design ideas that’ll make you happy to hibernate in until spring.
One of my favorite fall rituals is piling into my bed, surrounded by my big soft down comforter, and reading for a couple of hours in the evenings after dinner. Like in this image, one of my favorite fall decorative combinations is a beautiful, warm autumnal wall color paired with cool, crisp white bedding that you might reserve only for spring and summer. The crystal white moulding and bead board contrasted against the espresso moulding, both from Inteplast Building Products, makes this a room you want to spend time in.
Once the weather cools, and while I’m comfortably lounging in my bedroom, reading in the evenings, my husband retreats to his man cave to watch sports or crime dramas, or read or tinker with his electronic gadgets. I find that a lot of people assume man caves are all sports-themed or covered with pin-up posters, but my hubby’s is pretty sophisticated; very similar to this inspirational image. Make no mistake, the russet and beige wall color tones scream man cave, but it’s very tastefully done, especially the autumn color moulding from Inteplast. I am especially in awe of how they incorporate the chair rail moulding with the picture and poster framing. That is first class!
So yes, we have both a media room and a man cave at our house. After the kids graduated from college and moved out for good a few years ago, we had a ton of extra space that needed a purpose. Our media room is well used during the fall and winter months. It’s where we hang out for movie night with friends, neighbors, and the kids when they come in for a visit. I am enamored by the streamlined moulding-turned-wall shelving in this photo. Using Inteplast Building Products, you can install strips of prefinished trim, evenly spaced to act as a tract system for hanging shelves to hold DVDs, pictures, or anything else you want to put on display. You can find a how-to video to build your own shelves here.
With Inteplast Building Products vast variety of prefinished moulding colors, textures, and profiles, there is no limit to the decorative possibilities.
Get cozy, and stay crafty this fall!
I can’t tell you how many times a week I have to tell my kids to stop watching YouTube videos, put down the iPad and Smartphones, and do their homework; although I’m quite sure they can tell you (they’re probably keeping score on some app). So, surprisingly, I’m going to recommend that YOU go checkout Inteplast Building Products’ YouTube channel where you’ll find amazingly creative projects, practical tips, and DIY resources to help inspire your own unique home renovation or design endeavors, like their popular video on using PVC beadboard and moulding to makeover a lackluster laundry room. And, each one of their videos gives you installation instructions and material lists to make your project a smooth and easy one.
If you are a flea market buff like I am, and have an eye for scoping out outdated pieces of furniture and turning them into fun, functional, works of art, then you’ll want to check out this video on dressing up furniture with moulding. Another great find at flea markets or yard sales are old mirrors. We even have a video on how to frame out a plain mirror with prefinished moulding from Inteplast.
One of the quickest ways to make a dramatic visual impact on a room is with finishing details like adding decorative moulding trim to doors, and even windows. Inteplast Building Products offers easy-to-install door trim kits, along with this online installation video. As you’ll see when you watch the video, hosts Molly and Joe talk about the two different door trim kit options that Inteplast offers. They come in a fluted casing kit and a 356 casing kit. Each one has both a standard and a premium kit. The standard kit comes with the blocks at the top, and the premium kit has blocks at the top and plinth blocks at the bottom to give your door trim a solid look at the base. What makes this project so easy for even the most beginner DIYer is that everything you need comes in the kit, and it’s all prefinished and ready to use. AND only straight cuts are needed, so forget about those miter cuts.
For the more advanced DIY experts, you can find videos on installing Inteplast’s hidden fastening deck systems, deck preparation video, and deck fascia installation. These are just some of the great video tutorials you can find on the Inteplast YouTube channel.
I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!