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.
Hello everyone, Jennifer her with you on this early fall day. As I’m in the start of having some pre-holiday home improvement projects done, I was thinking: Have you ever watched someone install moulding with a nail gun and wondered if they have ever performed as a contortionist in the circus arts? I’m in awe of the complex maneuvering, limb twisting, and equipment handling they go through to so expertly attach moulding to walls, ceilings, floors, and windows. But if you use Inteplast Building Products prefinished, decorative moulding from Lowe’s, nailing isn’t necessary. It can actually be installed with construction adhesive, unlike most other traditional moulding products, because they’re made from high quality polystyrene which means they’re light weight and flexible. So you don’t get the typical frustrations of installing other substrates—like filling nail holes or nailing upside down. The installation process is so much easier, and it’s as simple as measure, cut, and adhere.
Of course, I’m not the DIY type, so I’m sure I’m making this sound much simpler than it is, but the point is, the installation process is easy to do. The first step of course is to determine the height placement on the wall for chair rails, or ceilings, whatever project you’re working on. Once you’ve determined the measurements, use a level and a pencil to mark a line around the room as a guide for installation.
Inteplast’s polystyrene decorative moulding products don’t require additional saw blades or other tools to cut. You can use the same equipment as traditional wood products. Once you’ve got the dimensions you need, make your cuts.
Apply the contact adhesive to the back of the moulding and to the wall, maintaining at least 1/2" from the edge of the moulding. Let the adhesive air-dry for a few minutes until it gets tacky, and then place the moulding on the wall. Grab your next piece and repeat. Adhesives instead of nails give you a cleaner appearance.
Once the moulding has been installed, you can fill all the joints and splices with caulk if you desire. After installing crown moulding it’s helpful to add a bead of caulk along the ceiling and wall edges to hide any imperfections.
As simple as 1, 2, and 3, here’s what you get:
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Hi, Martin here again. It is officially starting to feel like November. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed the extended summer temps, but hey, it’s almost Thanksgiving, it’s time for some cooler weather to get us in the spirit. Speaking of cool, I had to unpack my fall and winter clothes this week. So that you’ll always know where your coat is this winter, I have a handy project that’s perfect: A PVC moulding coat rack that’s a stylish and convenient way to hang your winter outerwear. And, because Inteplast’s PVC moulding is moisture resistant, this makes a great towel rack for high-moisture rooms like the bathroom. This is another easy one. Here’s all you need:
Gather these materials:
First, I hit my local building supply stores for everything I need for this project. 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.
To get started, I first used my hack saw to cut the PVC base moulding at a 45 degree angle. You’ll need to stand the moulding up against the vertical flap to achieve the outside corner or inside corner.
Next, use the PVC trim edge to mark the end of the side piece. Then cut the inside corner and outside corner of the moulding by adjusting the hacksaw angles.
Now, cut the 2x6 PVC trim to 36” and 40” long pieces. Line up the base cap moulding to the edge of the 36” long PVC trim and mark the reference line to cut the 45 degree outside corner.
Follow the same steps for the three pieces of PVC cove moulding.
Once I have the PVC pieces cut, I laid out the garment hook panel, the base cap and the cove moulding to get them ready for assembly.
Next, apply PVC cement to the trim and base cap pieces. Then, apply the cement to the end pieces.
Now, cement the Cove moulding to the PVC trim. After you’ve applied the PVC cement, wait about 3 minutes until it’s dry before you put in the hooks and the top panel.
Mark the location for the garment hooks and attach with 5/8”screws. Now, center and align the 40” PVC trim to the top of garment hanger panel using 1-1/2" screws.
Now you’re ready to hang it on the wall. Using a stud finder, locate the stud and anchor the finished shelf on the wall.
That’s it! Easy access for your coats this winter. Of course, you can make your shelf longer and add more hooks.
This project shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two. It also makes a great holiday gift idea if you enjoy giving handmade gifts like I do. I’d love to see your finished project, and as always, let me know other cool projects you come up with using PVC moulding. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
Are you the kind of person who would NEVER think about pairing a tastefully polka-dotted blouse with slim chevron patterned pants? Then I guess you would also never think to mix and match moulding colors to dramatically play up the different architectural elements of your house. Maybe you should reconsider, because anybody can master the art of mixing and matching. To liven up a really neutral (that can be a polite way of saying b-o-r-i-n-g) room, consider mixing different colors and styles of moulding to highlight all the details that take the rooms in your house beyond the traditional matching base and crown colors.
Let’s say you have a deep hunter green wall color in a room with light oak wood floors. Use Inteplast’s Majestic Oak baseboard, but consider a brilliant white crown and window moulding that will dramatically draw the eyes to the walls, while the oak baseboard makes a seamless floor to wall transition.
If you have a painted ceiling, paint your crown moulding the same color as the ceiling, but leave the baseboard trim the same color as the walls. I would use a neutral ceiling and crown moulding color myself, buy hey, go big and bold if you want.
For a beautiful, dramatic bedroom use dark window and door moulding like Inteplast’s Espresso or Auburn moulding combined with white wainscoting on the walls and white beadboard on the ceilings. Stunning!
How about dark hardwood floors, maple chair rail and window trim, neutral walls, and light wood ceiling planks? It’s actually an amazing combination, as you can see in this image. Sometimes a white kitchen can be cold, but the three different shades of wood in the room warm it up nicely.
This living room used several moulding and trim color combinations to create visual interest beyond belief. They used Inteplast Building Products crown moulding in Mahogany and wall moulding in Crystal White to create this faux-wainscoting effect. Combined with the neutral gray wall colors and the dark hardwood floors, there is a lot going on, but in a good way.
This idea of mixing and matching moulding doesn’t just apply to the interior. On the exterior, consider painting decorative scrollwork, columns, or trim along the roof lines and window and door surrounds a bold but complimentary color to siding or brickwork; something that really pops but makes a tasteful statement. You can buy Inteplast Building Products moulding and trim products at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or even Houzz.com.
Happy mixing and matching! Talk to you soon.
Hello, and thanks for visiting Design Next Door. We’re excited to tell you about a new collaboration between Inteplast Building Products and Houzz.com.
For those of you who read our posts on a regular basis also know that one of our go-to sites for design inspiration is Houzz.com. Now, not only can you find beautiful, creative, inspiring photos and imagery of Inteplast Building Products pre-finished decorative moulding at Houzz.com, but you can also purchase our products directly from their site
Houzz is an online venue for home remodeling and design for homeowners and design professionals alike. Inteplast Building Products is proud to be part of the Houzz platform. Here you can not only find products, but also work together with architects, designers, and contractors. Think of it as your one-stop-discover-shop-and-collaborate forum for creating the best possible house you can.
We’re all obsessed (and no, that isn’t a bad word) with DIY design projects, especially when working with Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding. There is no other product that can do so much to enhance and redefine a room, a piece of furniture, or even a craft project. Inteplast’s prefinished decorative moulding is ideal for creating attractive accents like picture rails, display shelves, mirror frames, jewelry holders, mantel ledges, furniture accents, door and window trim buildouts. There literally isn’t a room or a project in your house that couldn’t benefit from some prefinished moulding.
Inteplast Building Products decorative moulding comes in a variety of classic and modern profiles, and it’s 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, so it’s perfect for bathrooms, basements, laundry or mudrooms, or anywhere moisture is a concern.
So, I’m inspired by the wonderful images and product uses I see on Houzz. How do I buy Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding from Houzz? We’re glad you asked, because it’s so easy!
Our moulding is sold in packs of five 8’ pieces, which means you get 40 lft. of product in a single pack. To purchase our products from Houzz.com, visit the Inteplast Building Products custom page. From there you can shop by category or check out our featured products on the Inteplast custom page.
Easily scroll through the pages and choose the product or products you want to buy. Simply click “Add to Cart” and you’re all set and ready to checkout.
At Inteplast Building Products we want to make it easy for you to find inspiration for your next project. We hope our collaboration with Houzz.com makes that a reality. Also, don’t forget to visit our own online Inspiration Gallery and Moulding Visualizer tools at Inteplast Building Products where you can see design styles and colors that match your home and tastes.
Thanks for reading!
I am currently experiencing a bad case of window envy. My neighbor just had all of her exterior and interior windows trimmed in beautiful, wide, decorative casings that give her home a modern, farmhouse-inspired aesthetic. So now, my narrow, average, run-of-the-mill windows and doors look even more narrow, average, and run-of-the-mill by comparison. So even though my budget isn’t going to let me do a complete inside and outside window makeover, I’ve found a manageable remedy for my envy. I’ll start with my bathroom interior.
For me, creating the perfect, personal interior style is all about the finishing details. And there is no better material to finish a room than decorative moulding built out to trim doors and windows. It adds depth, character, and makes a dramatic visual impact.
In addition to longingly studying my neighbor’s trim, I’ve been looking at a lot of design ideas on Pinterest and HGTV. I also found this great step-by-step tutorial on how to trim out a window on the website for This Old House®. As you’ll see when you view the tutorial, Tom Silva suggests starting with stable material to ensure you have a successful installation. I always use prefinished decorative moulding for my DIY trim and finish carpentry projects. In addition to being beautiful with a ton of different profiles and styles to choose from, it’s long lasting and resists moisture, which is perfect for use in the bathroom.
This beautiful bathroom window build out from Inteplast Group Building Products has everything I want for my bathroom window – lots of moulding and trim! In a single weekend, in just a couple of hours, and using four different profiles, this bathroom window went from bland to breathtaking. I’m in love with the bright white moulding against the dark wall color in this project. Here’s a list of the items you’ll need to make it happen, and everything can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Materials used for this project:
Remember, these are just a sampling of the moulding profiles you can use, so turn on your creative juices and design a window or door buildout that suits your own personal taste.
For my fellow DIY fans who’ve taken on your own window or door buildout, please share your ideas! I’d love to see your own envy-inducing updates!
I’ve noticed that a big trend in kitchen design these days is open shelving and cabinetry. Some cabinets have no doors, and some have glass door panels. Some folks are opting out of cabinets all together and going with open, easily accessible shelving. Either way, all of your glassware, dishes, plates, and bowls are visible. I personally like this design style, although I’m not sure I have enough matching dishes to openly show, but in theory, I love the idea.
The concept of displaying some pieces of glassware that you want to show off for an aesthetic element is very doable with some crown moulding shelves or ledges. If you have a bare wall in the kitchen, instead of adding a painting or another piece of wall art, add some shelving and display some colorful coffee mugs and saucers like they did in this image. What I really love about using crown moulding for shelving is the variety of profiles to match any style. Not to mention, you can buy it prefinished in a multitude of colors at any home building store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. These shelves don’t have to be for glasses or mugs or plates. You can display anything of interest – candle votives, decorative jars, or small canisters.
In addition to making a design statement in the kitchen, ledges and shelves made out of prefinished moulding are perfect for organizing, decluttering, and showing off collectibles in other rooms. My husband, a musician, collects vintage metronomes. Currently, he has about seven of them hidden away in plastic storage beds in a closet. They’re too pretty not to be displayed. We’ve been thinking lately about how to show them off without creating clutter. Last week, while looking for some ideas, I found this great picture of moulding ledges holding die-cast metal cars. Though the shelves in this picture are too narrow for the metronomes, it’s a wonderful idea that could easily be scaled to fit the project.
This just goes to show you that picture ledges aren’t just for pictures. I used decorative moulding shelves in my own craft room as well. They’re perfect for holding ribbons, beads, paint, anything you want, and it helps keep my room organized, and not to mention stylish with clean lines. However, keep in mind, when you bare it all on your walls, you have to be vigilant about keeping things tidy. I’m still working on that!
I’d love to see your decorative moulding shelves! It’s such an easy DIY weekend project, perfect for these cold upcoming winter days. Check out my other DIY weekend projects on Pinterest.
Blue wallpaper with mini pink, peach, and white flowers, and a matching border with complimentary colors. This is not a Throw-back Thursday Facebook post. This happens to be a real-life, present day nightmare that I live with every day – my master bathroom. It’s true that our master bedrooms and master baths don’t get the immediate attention that other room makeovers get because they’re the two rooms that your guests rarely see. Now, this remodeling project is front and center in our house.
I love coastal cottage styles, so I’ve been looking for some design inspiration in Coastal Living magazine and Houzz.com. I love neutral colors, tasteful stripes, and plantation blinds. I especially love the look of weathered wood. For my flooring, I’ve already picked out a porcelain tile that resembles weathered wood planks, appropriately named, Antique Chateau.
Of course, to me, the one element that screams coastal cottage is wainscoting and decorative moulding and trim. I especially love wide moulding profiles and the paneled look of wainscoting and beadboard because it adds a bit of historic flavor to any room.
I love the combination of the wainscoting and the wide moulding base and chair rail profiles that frame the wainscoting in this picture I found on the Inteplast Building Products website. Wall moulding is such a versatile, easy, but stunning way to dress up any wall and add character to make a strategic design impact. The best part is you can buy pre-finished, multi-use moulding from any building supply store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, that doesn’t need painting – unless you want to – and comes in so many styles and options the hardest part will be deciding what look you want.
I think wainscoting or beadboard are perfect for bathrooms because they invoke old-world charm where craftsmanship was the rule, not an upcharge. You can install them at any height, not just half way up to meet the chair rail. I love that it evokes a coastal or cottage vibe, and not just a country aesthetic.
The other design element in this image that strikes my fancy is the wide window valances. They’re so elegant, but at the same time, casual enough to fit any décor setting – urban, country, coastal, you name it. Oh, and I can’t forget the claw foot bathtub. You can’t have a coastal cottage without one!
For my DIYer pals out there, let me know where you are finding your bathroom design inspiration these days. I’d love to see how you incorporate moulding and trim ideas into your rooms. Also, check out my Pinterest board as I continue to collect bathroom ideas!