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.
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.
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 all, Martin here with you this week. Lately when I check the mail, I’ve been bringing along a roll of ugly duct tape to temporarily stick the pieces of my weatherproof housing around my mailbox back together. It’s a sad site for sure: peeling paint, splintering wood, and rotting posts.
It’s enough to make the postman start putting my mail in the neighbor’s box. Of course, you know I’m not one to run out and buy an easy, pre-made mailbox kit. And if you’re not either, here’s a do-it-yourself weekend mailbox repair project that’ll make your neighbors ask for one. It’s made using Inteplast Building Products PVC bead board and trim. Here’s all you need:
You can do this in any order you’d like—build the box or replace the post. But I took care of the new vinyl post first. Trim off the rotted core of the wood post. Allow an extra 18” of length for the 4x4 vinyl post to bury below the dirt. Add cement as needed. The ideal height for the mailbox door is 42” above the ground.
First, cut yourself two 24” pieces of the PVC bead board for the sides of the mailbox housing, and cut an 8” x 11”x ¾”thick piece of PVC trim in the shape of a house for the back of the box. Use the PVC cement to join the tongue and groove sections.
Next, using Cortex screws and plug system, join the PVC bead board sides to the PVC trim “house” back.
Now, cut two 24” roof panels from PVC siding. Using the 1.5”x 24”x 3/4” PVC trim, cut a 90 degree roof angle beam. Flip over the siding and screw it to the PVC trim roof angle. The screws will be hidden and they’ll be protected from the elements.
Next, use 1.5” x 8” x 3/4” thick PVC trim to connect the front end of the bead board side walls. Now place the roof to the mailbox frame using PVC cement and screws.
Then, place the mailbox frame over the existing mailbox.
Now, let’s work on the flag component, or the “chimney” flap of the house. Use two 3/4” thick PVC trim scraps cut at 45 degrees. Attach the chimney flap from inside the siding roof panel.
The box is done, but let’s do something to cover up the old existing wood post support. Using the existing pieces as a template cut the three supports from a piece of ½” thick PVC fascia sheet. Attach the fascia to the post using Cortex screws. Just add the street number and you’re all done!
Now you have a beautiful mailbox that your neighbors will envy. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
Hi, Martin here. I recently helped a friend finish a laundry room with PVC beadboard, and I realized how this may be the perfect accessory product on the market. I kind of think of it as the ‘new’ wallpaper. Got a problem wall with blemishes or damaged drywall? I know how difficult it is to get a badly scarred wall smooth enough for paint after taking wallpaper down. Applying PVC beadboard, also called planking, is easy, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing without sanding, spackling, re-sanding, re-spackling…. Maybe the best reason to use PVC beadboard is it’s easy to clean and resists moisture, which makes it ideal for laundry and mudrooms. This is an easy weekend project to tackle using Inteplast Building Products PVC beadboard. I found the laundry room build out project information on Inteplast’s YouTube Channel. Check it out here. Also, here are the step-by-step instructions.
Materials you’ll need:
The PVC Planking is perfect for a laundry room because it wipes clean with just a soapy sponge. It comes in 8’ long planks. If you are only doing half of your wall you can easily cut the planks into 4’ sections. With the trim board and cap, the wall will be a little over 4‘ tall.
Measure out how much material you’ll need. Remember, if you are only covering part of your wall, each 8’ section of planking will yield two pieces.
Cut out holes for the plumbing and electrical outlets and apply the planking with finishing nails and PVC Cement. The planks have a tongue-and-groove feature, so it’s easy to lock them together for a smooth join.
To finish off the beadboard install PVC cap to the top edge of the installed planking with finishing nails and PVC cement. Attach the PVC trimboard and quarter round with stainless steel finishing nails and PVC cement. Reinstall the plumbing and electrical trim.
You’re done! The next time you spill something on the walls in the laundry room, just wipe it off with soap and water.
PVC beadboard is that singular product that you can use to create aesthetic details beyond just a coat of paint. Think kitchen island and countertop backsplash. Think bathtub surrounds and cabinet door cladding. Think floor-to-ceiling basement walls or ceilings themselves. PVC beadboard is perfect for subfloor basements because it resists mold and mildew.
If you’re looking for PVC beadboard in your area, check out Inteplast Building Products retail locator tool. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
In honor of National Puppy Day this week, here’s a Harley throwback pic of his puppy days!
Martin (and Harley)
Hello all, it’s Andrea again, with some ideas on creating a memorable mudroom. When you think of the most well-appointed room in your house, chances are, your family’s mudroom probably is not it. In fact, many mudrooms are an afterthought during the house design process, and certainly when it comes to styling and decorating, it’s the last room to get attention. But just because it’s the worker bee room in the house doesn’t mean it can’t be practical and charming.
One of the first things you can do to make a mudroom functional (and beautiful) is to install easy to clean pre-finished PVC wainscoting to the wall. That way when kids, husbands, or very wet dogs come in through the mudroom and shake and shed wet clothing or fur, cleanup is a snap with soap and water. It’s like it was made for mudrooms: it resists moisture, comes in a variety of colors, installs quicker than traditional wood, and won’t mushroom at the surface when nailed. You can find Inteplast Building Products wainscoting at your local building supply stores like Home Depot.
Another fabulously easy design element with stunning results is decorative moulding and trim around windows, doors, ceilings, and floors in your mudroom. You can carry over the same style as adjoining or nearby rooms into the mudroom so it doesn’t have that neglected look. Of course, you probably don’t want to use ornate moulding profiles that might be in your dining room, but you can easily incorporate style with Inteplast’s pre-finished chair rail, window casing, base board, shoe moulding, and quarter round. Moulding and trim is like the perfect accessory that completes the look.
To round out your mudroom, obviously you need a low-maintenance entry. If you don’t already have a durable flooring surface like tile, laminate, or cement, make sure you include an indoor/outdoor mat to protect your floor. Also, storage is a must for mudrooms as well. Decorative hooks are perfect for hanging up outwear, dog leashes, umbrellas, car keys, etc. For items you don’t necessarily want to be cluttering up the room like rain boots, hats, etc., benches with hidden storage are a great solution for tucking those things away. Since the mudroom will see a lot of water, and well, mud, you may want to consider outfitting your mudroom with a bench or storage bin made of durable, moisture-resistance composite decking material. Inteplast Building Products Deck comes in a variety of naturally-colored streaking and solid color wood grain options to complement any décor.
The best thing about all of these suggestions…they’re 100% DIYable for just about everybody. For those of you out there who’ve created your own spectacular mudroom makeover, please share your pics and ideas! Check out our Pinterest page for more laundry room and mudroom ideas.
Thank for reading!