If you ask homeowners, most will probably tell you they don’t have enough storage space. As much thought as designers and builders put into storage options, there will always be a need for more—especially if you live in an apartment or condominium. So when your space is feeling cramped or cluttered, and your closets and drawers are maxed out, here are 4 DIY storage hacks to try.
1. Picture Rail Shelves
Not only does decorative picture rail moulding add character to any room, it also gives you more storage options. You can use the floating shelves to store photos, candles, or books, just about anything. Install them in a laundry room where you can store your detergents or other cleaning products. It’s an easy project to tackle on your own. Here’s how.
2. Hidden Storage Cabinet
House and car keys typically get tossed on an end table or the kitchen counter because we don’t have a designated place to keep them. Here is a unique DIY hidden storage cabinet that doubles as a picture frame. You can make this as stylish as you want from Inteplast’s varied color and profile selection of moulding. It’s perfect for keys or any other small items that don’t have a designated storage space. Follow these simple instructions.
3. Wine Rack
While it would be nice to have a separate wine cellar or even a state-of-the-art wine cooler, not all of us have that extra space to spare in our houses, so our wine bottles typically sit in a pantry or on the counter. Here’s a DIY wine rack project that hangs on the wall. It’s super stylish and it’s also a great gift idea too.
4. Coat rack shelf
Not every entry way has a coat closet, which can often mean jackets, coats, scarfs and the like get tossed over chairs or hung on door knobs. Here’s a an easy, DIY coat rack and shelf made from Inteplast’s decorative moulding that not only adds a place to hang garments, but also has a shelf to add knick-knacks, photos, or anything else that needs a place of its own. Get directions here.
Decorative moulding is that one design accessory that has unlimited uses. Obviously we install it to fill in the gaps between ceilings, walls, and floors, add interest to windows and doors, and overall enhance the beauty and style of our homes. But there are many other ways to use or repurpose old moulding to make a dramatic impact around your house. Here are some unique DIY moulding projects to try.
1. Upgrade a door without having to replace it
Replacing all of your outdated hollow core interior doors can be expensive. Especially if you’re looking at craftsman style raised panel door options. But with a little imagination and some decorative moulding, you can give those old doors a modern boost without emptying your bank account. Here’s an example we found on Pinterest from Thrifty Artsy Girl. She added simple moulding strips to create a raised panel effect on the face of the door. Update the door handle and add a fresh coat of paint, and you’ve got a brand new contemporary door. Inteplast’s prefinished decorative moulding can make your project easy. No painting, sanding, or scraping needed.
2. Give an old mirror new life
If you have a large frameless mirror hanging in your bathroom, you’ve probably noticed the dark edges that appear over time. This happens when prolonged moisture reacts with the protective coatings on the mirror. But you don’t have the replace the entire mirror to get rid of the imperfection. Frame it with moulding. Inteplast’s decorative moulding resists moisture, rot, and mildew, so it’s the perfect solution. Here’s a DIY video tutorial with step-by-step instructions.
3. Build a shelving unit with repurposed materials
We found this repurposed DIY gem on Pinterest. Using salvaged doors, moulding, and wood from an old farm house and barn, this crafty individual made a beautiful shelving unit. The repurposed materials can add vintage craftsman style to any room.
4. Add flair to a boring side table
Similar to updating an out-of-style door, by adding strips of moulding to a plain, flat side table, you can create a craftsman style piece of furniture by adding raised panels to the sides. Inteplast’s decorative moulding comes in a variety of classic and modern profiles so you can create a look as ornate or as simple as you’d like.
5. Create a piece art using moulding corners
Just for fun, here’s some dragon fly art from Lucy Designs Online. This artist used an old table leg for the body, and repurposed decorative moulding corners for the wings. This is a great example of what to do with left over moulding instead of throwing it out.
Finally it looks as if spring is here to stay, and summer isn’t far behind. And we are so ready for all the things that come along with these seasons: warmer temps, longer daylight hours, and of course, days and nights in the open air or surrounded by sun—which has us dreaming of how and where we’ll spend the time. Here are some inspiring places for amazing warm-weather views.
Front Porch Sitting
Front porches were once the hub of social activity between friends and neighbors. They still serve that purpose, but they do so much more. They actually extend your living space, add architectural drama to your house, and give you a front row seat to the after-dinner star show. With such a significant role the porch plays for warm-weather sitting, dress up the ceiling and soffits with Inteplast’s low-maintenance tongue-and-grove beadboard for a clean, finished look.
Pool House Frolicking
Lounge by the pool with a book in hand. Listen to the laughter of kids splashing around. Watch the sun dance on the water through large glass windows. Do all of this without the worry of moisture rotting and mildewing your trim products. Unlike wood trim, our products won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water, and are resistant to termites and other pests. So you can spend more time relaxing and less time maintaining.
You don’t have to literally be outdoors to enjoy the outdoors. Sunrooms bridge the gap between nature and your interior spaces. From the openness to the natural light, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the warm months in a sunroom. The aesthetic value of Inteplast Building Products window and ceiling moulding adds depth and drama by framing picturesque views, transforming your sunroom into an inviting nook you’ll never want to leave.
Without a doubt, there may be no better way to unwind and unplug than to sit in front of a white sandy beach and gently rolling surf and let the hustle and bustle of life disappear with each wave. Being near the water can actually trigger a meditative state. And no one wants to interrupt that calm feeling by maintaining exterior trim on a pier house. If you’re looking for a trim product that can withstand the harsh elements of salt air and sun, Inteplast’s decorative exterior trim adds one-of-a-kind style to any exterior with all the workability and beauty of real wood without the maintenance headaches of real wood.
Sometimes it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference in our homes, like replacing or updating door and window frames. They’re probably not what first comes to mind when you think about adding value to your home and getting greater enjoyability from each room, but they can have a dramatic effect as a fairly inexpensive remodel project. Here are some reasons you might want to update your door and window frames.
Let’s face it; with warmer weather on the way there are many more enjoyable ways to spend your time than repairing and maintaining rotting wood trim. Inteplast’s PVC window and door trim products won’t rot, split, crack, splinter, or absorb moisture. They’re also resistant to termites and other pests. Because they’re moisture-resistant, Inteplast’s products are perfect for kitchen and bathroom applications.
Inteplast’s interior window and door moulding comes in a variety of colors and profiles to match any interior style. You can make dramatic entrances to any room by matching ceiling, wall, and window moulding to your door and door frame. There are 14 colors to choose from including Crystal White, Ultra Maple, Espresso, and autumn. All exude sophistication and quality craftsmanship.
Frame a Picturesque view
Got a grand view of the outside world from every room in your house? You wouldn’t hang an old beat-up frame on a masterpiece would you? The aesthetic value of Inteplast Building Products Window Moulding goes beyond softening transitions and hiding door jamb seams. It adds depth and drama to every room by framing picturesque views and playing off natural light.
Because Inteplast’s window moulding products are lightweight, prefinished, and use the same tools as traditional lumber products, you can DIY without calling in the pros. The products arrive ready to install: no priming, painting, staining or sanding needed. Just measure, cut, and install. The light weight makes it easier to install–essentially a one-person project. They are also slightly flexible, so they’re the perfect solution for walls that aren’t completely true. Inteplast’s window and door trim products are available at Lowe’s and other select dealers.
Social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram are loaded with eye-catching imagery and dynamic videos, but they’re also idea-driven, as is Twitter. That makes all four platforms the perfect tools for finding and sharing interior and exterior home design inspirations, tips, and advice. In fact, social media is an important part of a design or product manufacturer’s marketing strategy because they know that’s where today’s consumers get much of their information. Here are some ways you can use the different social media platforms to help you find your own design inspiration.
There are currently over 2.13 billion monthly active Facebook users. That is a lot of people— individuals and brands—sharing information. And that includes interior designers, stylists, and product manufacturers and retailers who showcase their work on Facebook for all to see. Because of their visually-driven content, company pages like Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Remodelaholic, Coastal Living, and House Beautiful, have huge Facebook followings.
And don’t forget about Facebook’s Recommendation feature. It’s not just a useful tool for getting tips for great restaurants or home repair services from your pals. Ask your friends for advice on their favorite design websites and facebook pages, but also design and style magazines. Because sometimes there is nothing like having a beautiful glossy image in your hands.
There are over 50 billion Pinterest Pins right now. And two-thirds of those pins represent brands and products. Pinterest is perfect for sharing visual content. You can search for categories like interior design and design trends. You can even be more specific like Feng Sui design ideas, or dining room update ideas. Just like on Facebook, you can follow fellow pinners whom you have a design kinship with. Inteplast Building Products has several boards to find inspiration from like, reclaimed wood wall ideas, deck-orating your deck, and home office ideas.
Instagram is an app made specifically for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, users create an account with a profile and news feed. And with 300 million active Instagrammers each day, there’s a lot of sharing going on. Whether it’s a designer sharing photos of completed projects, or your best friend snapping a pic of a vintage sofa from a flea market, the image-driven platform is an unlimited source of design inspiration. Like all other social media sites, you can follow other Instagrammers too. Houseology lists some of these designers as their Instagram faves: Candy Pop, These Four Walls, and Mad About the House.
Twitter may seem like the odd-man-out here because it’s not really image-driven. But it’s the perfect platform to connect with interior designers, bloggers, and product manufacturers and retailers, as well as follow design trends.
There are design inspirations abound online. But don’t forget that social media is a tool to drive traffic to websites too. And most media-savvy designers and product manufacturers and retailers have mobile-friendly sites that offer even more content with inspiration galleries and visualization tools.
When we think of curb appeal, we most likely think of beautiful flower gardens, neatly trimmed, emerald lawns, freshly painted siding, and a couple of white rockers swaying on the swept front porch. Of course, it’s all that and more. Adding architectural details to the curb-side of your house not only adds value if you were to list your home, but adds visual interest that makes your home stand out among all others. Here are some unique architectural elements using Inteplast Building Products Exterior Trim products that we bet you never considered.
Arches and Curves
Not just for interior doorways, arched and curved trim can make a huge aesthetic impact on the outside of your house too. Inteplast’s trim has all the visual appeal of wood, without the natural flaws, but it also has more design flexibility because of its heatability. You can create custom shapes and curves through an advanced heat-bending process for unlimited craftsman applications. In addition, IP’s embossing technology keeps the wood grain patterns intact during the heat bending process to maintain the authentic looking wood texture. Inteplast’s trim board can be shaped and bent to finish off curved decks and porches, archways, and circular or oval window surrounds.
Cornices and Columns
Once historical staples of home construction, cornices and columns are popular in modern designs as well. These architectural millwork products are not only for load bearing applications, but they’re often used for pure decoration. Jazzing up the eaves of a porch or overhang with Inteplast’s decorative, moisture-resistant millwork products you can create some low-maintenance drama with cornices, columns, and brackets in an economical way.
Today’s farmhouse interior style is country without the tacky, comfy without the clutter, and traditional without the frilly. With some weathered wood-look details here and some upholstered headboards there, you can easily pull off a modern farmhouse look with minimal effort and maximum style. Here are 5 ways to pull off this style.
Weathered Wood Look
A fundamental element for the modern farmhouse style is reclaimed or barnwood details because it creates a warm, cozy feeling. You can get that feeling by creating a feature wall in your bathroom, or any other room. But in addition to being expensive, reclaimed wood comes with some issues, like color and grain inconsistencies, the need for lots of nails, possible rot and mildew if used in high moisture areas, and let’s not forget the pests and splinters. Inteplast offers a completely removable and replaceable Accent Wall Planks, which you can buy online at Lowe’s, without all the hassles.
One way to get a modern farmhouse kitchen is to incorporate open shelving. It serves a couple of purposes. First, it’s functional, especially if you’re a cook who spends lots of time in the kitchen. No more opening and closing and opening and closing cabinets. Also, if you have decorative dishes and glassware that you think of as works of art, open shelving is the best option to show them off. You can DIY your own shelves using Inteplast Building Products Moulding and Trim Board—which you can purchase at Lowe’s or other select dealers. They come in a variety of colors and profiles to suit any style.
Fabric or upholstered Headboard
Whether you make one for a guestroom or your own master bedroom, or every bedroom in the house, a fabric headboard framed in decorated moulding is the essential farmhouse touch. It’s an easy DIY project that’ll make your guests feel comfy, relaxed, and welcomed. Using Inteplast’s prefinished moulding, you can create a frame that attaches directly to the wall behind your bed for a cozy focal point. This moulding is in mahogany, but they have lots of colors to choose from.
Make front-porch sitting even more pleasant by covering the ceiling with Inteplast’s Beadboard. It embodies the charm of a sophisticated, modern farmhouse and instantly adds a bit of historic charm. Not just for porches, Inteplast’s Beadboard is the perfect alternative to covering up outdated popcorn ceilings. Beadboard can also add farmhouse style to walls, kitchen islands, and cabinetry, and furniture. And, unlike traditional wood beadboard, Inteplast’s product requires very little maintenance. No scraping and painting necessary.
Like an exciting prologue in a book, adding an interesting wall color, piece of furniture, or architectural detail to your entryway piques the interest of your guests and leaves them wanting to see more. Here are 5 easy-to-do, budget-friendly tips to help you make the best first impression.
1. Add a Photo Wall
Got a bright or bold wall color but nothing to go with it? Make your entryway a conversation starter with a photo wall. Using prefinished moulding, which comes in a variety of colors and profiles, you can build a giant sized picture frame to show off your favorite vacation pics, anniversary photos, or your kid’s art work, all at once.
2. Add Beadboard for a Farm-Friendly Vibe
Adding classic white beadboard to an entryway wall can instantly infuse charm to a cottage style design scheme. The clean, crisp aesthetic of the beadboard lends itself to a modern take on the farm-house trend or a more traditional style. Either way, it’s inviting to all. Photo posted from deavita.net.
3. Add a Bright Piece of Rehabbed Furniture
If your design tastes run on the bohemian side, the best way to set the tone for the rest of your free-spirited colorful style is starting off with a pop of color and a vintage piece of furniture. We embellished a flea-market dresser with some multi-use moulding strips, which you can find at Lowe’s and other select dealers, that make this front entry statement warm, inviting, and totally cool.
4. Add a Mirror, or Dress Up an Existing One
If your entryway is on the small size, one of the best design techniques to make it look larger is by adding a mirror. Especially if your front entry has light sources (sun or artificial), a mirror reflects the light and can make the room look brighter and larger. You don’t have to spend big bucks on a mirror either. Grab one at your local building re-supply store and add an inexpensive, but expensive looking moulding frame or go bold with some glass or organic materials to it to finish it off.
5. When Your Entryway has to be Functional
Maybe you don’t have a separate mudroom, or you’re without an entryway closet. Sometimes your front entry has to serve a functional purpose in addition to an inviting check-in point for guests. Add a bit of stylish practicality like some classy coat racks so everything has a space for its place. Here are some easy DIY instructions to make your own shelf coat rack.
Hopefully you’ve found some of these tips helpful and inspirational. We’re always interested in your own DIY tips and projects, so let us know what you’ve been working on. To find an Inteplast Moulding dealer in your area, visit our dealer locator here.
Your sense of style makes you, you. From a love of arched doorways to a passion for elaborate crown moulding, at Inteplast we make the products that reflect your unique, personal tastes. Because we know that moulding and trim doesn’t just soften the transitions between ceilings, walls, floors, and windows, but instill character to every room, we give you options. Not sure what your style is? Here is some inspiration to help you decide.
1. Let the Sunshine In
Nothing increases the natural reflectivity of the sun in a room than a white backdrop and large windows. This combination of design aesthetics can make a room feel larger and more open. These windows are trimmed with White moulding, and the ceiling is planked with White trim.
2. Create a Cave Worth Exploring
It may be a man cave in the basement, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave it unfinished and devoid of personality. This one looks very modern and grown-up with its clean lines created by using Autumn moulding from the ceiling, to the chair rail, to the baseboards. You can even use the moulding to frame wall art or memorabilia.
3. A Not So Deserted Island
The kitchen island often becomes the social hub of the house. Homework happens here. Monthly budgets happen here. And of course, some snacking occasionally happens here. This kitchen is cozy and inviting with Crystal White moulding and beadboard, and is perfectly complimented with Ultra Oak moulding.
4. Build it Up
Puny is out when it comes to window frames. This built-up window using Crystal White moulding and corner blocks adds an historic flavor to this bathroom that narrow profiles can’t pull off.
5. Old-World Wall Charm
Nothing echoes old-world craftsman style like a wall covered in wainscoting. It’s one of those architectural details that can transform a room into another time no matter if your style is modern, farmhouse, or something in between. This living room uses Crystal White moulding and trim to create the look of original wainscoting. Integrate some modern finishings and Auburn window moulding and you have some classy digs.
Weathered wood-look Accent Plank kits by Inteplast Building Products through merge aesthetics, functionality, and changeability into a unique, decorative experience. Whether you like a cool design pallet or a warm color scheme, the time-worn look of reclaimed wood lends itself to any style. Here are 5 looks to get using Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks:
Play it Cool with River Grey
Grey is the neutral of the moment. The ashy undertones of River Grey Accent Planks easily compliment greens and blues. It’s also the perfect pallet to bounce metallics off of. If you’re looking for a warmer effect, add brass and gold metallic accents. Or keep it on the cool side with silver, pewter, and brushed nickel finishes.
Keep it Coastal with Reclaimed White
Still in the cool zone, Reclaimed White Accent Planks provide a fresh, breezy, coastal vibe. A white monochromatic scheme is the epitome of coastal chic. Pair the planks with wide white plantation shutters, neutral wall colors, white trim, and a natural sisal rug and you can have a year-round beach staycation. If monochromatic isn’t your thing, add dark wood accents, paint, or furnishings for a punch.
Go All Natural with Whitewashed Pine
If Reclaimed White is too stark for your tastes, Whitewashed Pine Planks have just enough color to offset the severity of an all-white design, yet still provide the crispness you may be after. You can warm the room just enough by adding touches of orange, peach, rose, blush, and cream in furnishings, rugs, other accessories, and artwork, but still stay true to the natural essence of the Whitewashed Pine Planks.
Get that Warm Glow with Sierra Brown
The nature-inspired warmth of Sierra Brown Accent Planks lands far on the warm spectrum, and instantly transforms any room in your house into a cozy, inviting space. But that doesn’t mean you can’t cool it down a bit. Add blue, green, or purple finishes to strike the perfect balance. Or play off the warm even more by pairing the Planks with a subtle yellow wall to uncover gilded undertones.
Mix it up with the Multicolor Kit
If design flexibility is important to you, Multicolor Accent Plank kits may be the way to go. The multicolor Kit includes 10 planks in three distressed colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, and Reclaimed White. The multidimensional effects of the different colors placed together, particularly in herringbone or chevron patterns, offer dramatic looks. With this kit you can achieve the rustic look, yet keep it contemporary. Or, you can mix and match other color kits too.
Each Accent Plank Kit—available through Lowe’s, select Ace Hardware stores, and other select dealers —covers 15 square feet and offers easy installation and removal using CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M–which makes them perfect for apartments and dorms. So get creative and express your own unique style.