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Not every employer or small business owner can afford high-dollar holiday appreciation gifts for their valued, dedicated, and hardworking staff, but that doesn’t mean they have to settle for just a card and a pat on the back—not that that doesn’t count. Even a small gesture can mean something big to your employees, which in turn can lead to higher job satisfaction and loyalty.
If the budget is tight this year, here’s a great way to show your appreciation to your entire team: a holiday refreshment station. Bring in some cookies or other baked goods, hard candies, and of course, coffee or hot chocolate. And highlight it with this easy, inexpensive, DIY Chalkboard sign that adds a vintage vibe to the scene. So even if you can’t financially spring for a group outing, maybe they’ll feel like they’re in a real coffee shop!
There are a couple of ways to do this. First, if you don’t want the sign to be permanent, use chalkboard contact paper. It’s removable and repositionable so you can easily take it down after the holidays. Click here to see a contact paper option you can buy from Amazon.
If you like the idea of this refreshment station as a year round perk for your employees, you may want to go for the permanent option using some chalkboard paint and a few more materials. You can find a project tutorial here.
This project uses Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for the frame. They’re made from PVC but have the look of reclaimed weathered wood—without the splinters of course! This project uses Accent Planks in Reclaimed White – but other color options available. Each plank kit covers 15-sq ft., which means you’ll have plenty of planks left over for another project. Visit Design Next Door to see all of the creative uses for Inteplast Accent Planks.
Saying thank you to your employees doesn’t have to be expensive. This holiday refreshment station not only reinforces their value to you and your company, but it’s a great way to gather together and encourage comradery and good cheer.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy the holidays!
Watching the temps plunge this week sure does feel like the winter season is finally upon us—which means the holidays are right around the corner. Which also means I’m in a festive mood for some DIYing. If you saw my Fall Sign project post back in October, you know I like my holiday signs. Decorative holiday signs are some of the easiest ways to add creative touches—that aren’t over-the-top—to your front door, front porch, entry wall, fireplace mantel, or anywhere else you want a pop of holiday cheer.
Lately I’ve been using Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for a ton of home decorating and crafting projects as well. So I had some leftovers (from a cool project I’ll share in January) to create this Christmas sign. The planks come in five color kits: Sierra Brown, Reclaimed White, River Grey, Whitewashed Pine, and a multi-color kit. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit, which is what I used. Here’s how to do it:
Materials you’ll need:
Being the multi-crafter that I am, I have a handy-dandy Cricut (pronounced cricket) die cut machine, so I made my own “All is Bright” decal. But you can find some amazing decals online in shops like Etsy.
First, I cut the Accent Planks to the length I wanted them. You’ll want to consider the size of the Accent Planks when choosing your frame size so you don’t have to make too many cuts. I had to rip cut one board to fit because I used an existing frame I had. You’ll also want to make sure that the depth of the frame allows for the planks. I actually had to tape the back of mine because my frame was just a tiny bit too narrow. But hey, it’s the back, nobody will see it.
Next, cut your own lettering if you aren’t using a premade decal. If you order your decal on line, make sure the dimensions will fit inside the visible area of the frame. And of course, the same goes for if you are making your own decal as well.
Before you apply the vinyl design to glass, clean the glass well. If there is any debris on the glass when you apply the vinyl, trust me, you’ll create visible bubbles in the vinyl, and once they’re on there, good luck getting them out.
Lay the vinyl decals on the glass and determine where you want to place them. Use a cutting mat or measuring board of some type to make sure that your glass is level and centered before applying the vinyl.
Next, apply the vinyl as directed by the manufacturer. If you are a Cricut user, you know to use your transfer tape.
Then, place the Accent Planks into the frame over the glass. Finally, apply the backing, turn it over, and decide whether you are going to give it away as a gift or save it for yourself. I still haven’t decided, but honestly, it’s such a quick and easy project, I still have time to make another one and keep it for me!
That really is all there is to this project. It’s quick, it’s fun, and there’s no limit to the rustic-looking holiday décor you come up using Inteplast Accent Planks. They’re beautiful, inexpensive, and come without the splinters! So here’s to making a DIY list, and checking it twice, ‘cause there are only a few days left to create for everybody who’s nice. Thanks for reading!
Hello all, Martin here with you this week. Holiday gatherings are supposed to be cheerful occasions, right? Well, tell that to my mother who, although she’s hosted our family event every year for the last twenty years, still freaks out each December because she thinks her home is never guest-ready. Of course she doesn’t have the time or the budget for a complete renovation overhaul—nor does she need to go to that extreme. But, as I always do this time each year, I listen to her concerns and offer up some advice—and my DIY assistance, and we narrow down her wish list. This year, it’s her walls.
She has some faded and stained walls in the main bathroom and the guest bedrooms that could use some fresh paint. But if she paints those walls, she’ll want to repaint the whole house (believe me, I know my Mom) and there’s not enough time for that. So I said, “How about let’s add a small-scale does of rustic charm to those walls?” Using weathered wood-look Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s, we’ll create focal points that will draw the guest’s eyes away from the rest of the ugly walls. Here’s what we did.
Weathered Wood-look Headboard
For a warm, cottage-inspired look, we used the Accent Planks to create a headboard in each of the bedrooms to make the guests feel comfortable. Installing Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s is literally a one-person job. The planks are lightweight and install with a light construction adhesive. So there is no need to find and mark studs, or hammer and nails. These Accent Planks are the perfect alternative to real reclaimed wood because you don’t have to worry about the planks splitting—or splinters falling on your guests while they’re snoozing. Each kit covers 15 square feet and includes ten 4.5” x 4’ planks, and is available in four colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, Reclaimed White, and Whitewashed Pine. Or you can choose the Multicolor kit which include 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey, and 3 Reclaimed White planks. For complete instructions, check out this blog post.
Bathroom Accent Wall
For a warm, cozy, cottage-inspired look, we used the Accent Planks to create an eye-catching herringbone wall behind the vanity in the main bathroom. Because these Accent Planks from Lowe’s are moisture resistant, they’re the perfect product to use for high-moisture rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. In addition to being lightweight, they come prefinished, and there’s no major wall prep that needs to be done first. And, I saved the best part for last: they’re completely removable and replaceable because they’re installed with Command Strips™ from 3M.
Obviously, a complete room-by-room renovation before the holidays is out of the question, but these projects are quick and easy, and won’t bust the wallet. You still have plenty of time to get these projects done. For more Accent Plank inspiration, check out the rest of Design Next Door blog. Here’s to gearing up for the holidays! Thanks for reading.