It doesn’t matter how old your kids are, there is just something so special when they create artwork and give it to you as a gift. So while most dads have amassed a collection of Father’s Day ties over the years, my husband has a private art collection thanks to the budding talents in our house. Whether they’re a sketch, a painting, or a collage, you need a place to show them off—and taped to a wall doesn’t cut it. They put their little hearts and souls into their work, so the least you could do is frame it like it’s a Van Gogh.
Sure, you can buy a store bought frame, but where’s the fun in that I ask? So every year, after the kids have created their masterpiece, I help them build a gallery-worthy frame out of prefinished moulding. I like Inteplast Building Products decorative moulding because it comes in a bunch of classic and modern profiles, so you can get a different look for every frame. And, you can buy get it at your local Lowe’s or online at Home Depot.
Here’s all you need to make these frames:
Cut the pieces of the casing to make a simple frame with mitered corners that leave an opening of precisely 8”x10.5”.
Build a simple frame with the 1”x3” wood stock that has an inside dimension of precisely 8.75”x11.25” and join the corners.
Perfectly center the pre-cut pieces of Casing onto the wood frame and attach with short finishing nails or contractor’s adhesive. Attach picture hangers centered on both a short and long side of the frame back.
You can get as fancy as you want. You can make it more ornate by adding a layer of crown moulding and baseboard trim, also from Inteplast. You don’t even need glass. Leaving the glass off makes the artwork accessible so you can easily replace what's inside. Or, if you’re like us, we just build a new frame and artwork every year so my husband can truly appreciate the progression of talent from his offspring as they age.
That’s all there is to it my DIY comrades! I would love to see how you showcase your budding artist’s masterpieces. Send us your pictures. And don’t forget to check out our Pinterest boards for even more projects!
Hello all, it’s Martin with you again this week and I’m stoked because it’s almost Mother’s Day. It truly is one of my favorite holidays because I get to show appreciation for the beautiful woman who not only gave me life but gave me my first hammer. I have been a DIYer practically from birth. My parents like to say if I would have had my way I would have built my own crib. As you know, if a gift’s not homemade, I’m not giving it. And my Mom wouldn’t have it any other way when it comes to her Mother’s Day surprise. So if you’re looking for a hand-crafted way to say “thanks mom,” check out some of these projects from the past.
All-Weather Planter Box
If your mom is anything like mine, every square inch of her yard is full of flowers and plants. About the only place she didn’t have flowers was around her mailbox. So last year I made this fascia board & corner board planter box using PVC products from Inteplast Building Products. It was fun and easy to do, and because Inteplast has a bunch of colors to choose from, it’s a cinch to match it to the exterior of the house. You can check out the full post with instructions here. Of course you won’t want to forget to include a nice potted plant with this box.
Whimsical PVC Soda Bottle Flower Vase
My mom said this is one of her favorite gifts I’ve ever made her. Of course, she could just be saying that to make me feel good, but I’ll take it. This DIY project is so imaginative—I’ll be you’ll put your siblings’ gifts to shame! You could even substitute the soda bottles for wine bottles or your favorite beverage bottle. Using Inteplast’s PVC trim product, three glass bottles, and your standard wood-working tools, you can have this project done in a few hours. See the full list of materials and instructions here. It’s even nicer when you show up with flowers in it.
Stylish PVC Wine Rack
Speaking of wine—we were weren’t we?—I made this PVC wine rack for my aunt this past Christmas and my mom got a little jealous. So of course I knew immediately what I was going to make her for Mother’s Day this year. With some Inteplast PVC trim board, some screws, PVC cement, and a little elbow grease, you’ve got quite a gift that might even top the soda bottle vase—but only if it comes fully stocked with your mom’s favorite vino. For step-by-step instructions, visit here.
These are just a few of the easy, functional, DIY projects can you whip up in time for Mother’s Day. For more ideas, check out the Creative Projects page and get inspired. Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
If you haven’t checked out the Creative Projects section on our Design Next Door blog, you’re missing out on a wealth of exciting, functional, inspirational, DIY home and décor projects using Inteplast Building Products PVC trim and moulding products that any skill level can have fun with. So if your New Year’s resolution was to get more crafty and creative in 2017, let’s do it together! Heck, taking on some creative projects could actually help you mark off some of those other typical New Year’s promises we make but rarely keep after January 3rd. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find there.
If one of your resolutions for the upcoming year was to get more organized, we’ll, you’re not alone. That’s like the number 2 goal on everybody’s list. Between my hubby and me we probably have ten sets of keys for everything from cars, trucks, boats, garage, you name it—plus we can never find them. So here’s a solution to keep your keys organized (and findable): This DIY Key Cabinet under our Creative Projects.
Spending more time with family is another trending resolution for 2017. With our fast-paced, online lifestyles these days it’s easy to forget to schedule quality together time. Though you might want to tackle this one when it gets a little warmer—or you can play in your mittens—this cornhole game board project is a great opportunity to get the kids or grandkids involved in building it together. And, guess what…this counts for staying fit and healthy too once it’s all put together, so you get to mark off an additional resolution with this cornhole project!
Ahh, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, another popular New Year’s resolution year after year is to fall in love. I can’t really help you out with the love part, but I can help you get prepared for your new romance with a made-from-the-heart soda bottle Flower Vase Holder. Because this fun and funky flower vase uses Inteplast Trim, a sustainable wood-alternative product, you can fill the vases with water and fresh flowers for years to come!
These are just a few of the exciting, easy do-it-yourself projects you’ll find on the Design Next Door Creative Projects section of our blog. Don’t forget to check the section often for inspiration how-to ideas. And good luck with those resolutions!
Until next time, thanks for reading.
There is nothing more relaxing than the quiet sound of the New Year after the family has gone, the decorations are down, vacations are over, and it’s back to life as usual before the frenetic holiday festivities. It’s not surprising this time of year to feel restless or even a little down after the holiday break. Don’t despair, it’s a just brief adjustment period. Find things to look forward to; things that will get you out of your rut. How about a bedroom makeover?
The best post-holiday blues blaster is to make some quick renovation fixes or style boosters to your master bedroom. Because it’s not the most visible room in the house to visitors and guests, the master bedroom doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. The truth is, you want your bedroom to be the most splendid, comfy room in the house—a relaxing haven that you look forward to spending the rest of your evening in. And with just two ingredients, it’s not as difficult as you think: paint and faux wainscoting.
You can see the dramatic transformation that a bold wall color can give to an otherwise beige, ho-hum room from the makeover below. Rich, deep colors create a cozy sense of warmth during the winter months.
From the photos you can see the striking detail that faux wainscoting can add to a bedroom. Here are some DIY instructions to help you get a similar look in just a few hours.
Some supplies you may need:
First, determine how tall you want the wainscoting to be and if you’ll cover your entire room or just an accent wall. This will help you determine how much product to buy. I recommend using Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding and trim products in Crystal White so you don’t have to prime and paint each board, which saves a lot of time. If white isn’t your color of choice, they’ve got nearly a dozen wood grains and shades to choose from. And the best part, you can buy them at your local Lowe’s stores or online on Houzz.com.
Once you’ve measured all of your pieces, counting for gaps between baseboard and walls, cut the end of each piece at a 45° angle using a miter saw. Next, lay out the four pieces of moulding for each frame and glue and nail the corners together.
Now you’re ready to attach the frames to the wall using adhesive. You can follow the adhesive with finishing nails if you’d like. You’ll most likely want some help placing, leveling and nailing the frames to the walls to ensure they’re even.
You can fill in the squares with white paint, or a color that matches you wall, or Inteplast’s batten or bead board. To finish up, use caulk or spackling to fill in any gaps or nail holes.
Thanks for reading, and as always, share your inspirational makeover ideas with us!
Happy New Year,
Hello fellow DIY devotees, Martin here, and I’m uber eager to share some of my favorite projects from years past that make amazing holiday gifts for your near and dears. The good news is, these projects aren’t overly complicated at all so you still have plenty of time to get them made, wrapped, and under the tree, and they all use Inteplast’s moulding and trim products.
This necklace holder is the perfect gift for your wife, girlfriend, mother, or sister, or you can give it to anybody to use as a key rack or a dog leash holder, and it’s doable for even a beginner DIYer. Using Inteplast’s casing and moulding products in a wood grain or white, which you can find at Lowe’s or online at Houzz.com, you can make it any length you want. You can find all of the instructions and materials you’ll need here at our original post.
Bottle Opener Cap Catcher
We’ve all got that person on our Christmas list who loves craft brew beverages (like me!). This PVC bottle cap opener and catcher is the perfect gift to outfit a special someone’s deck, patio, or outdoor entertaining space. This DIY favorite uses Inteplast’s white trim product. Check out this post for instructions and materials.
Picture Frame and Kid’s Frame and Storage
I made these gallery-inspired frames using Inteplast’s prefinished moulding for my sister last year so she could show off my niece’s budding artistic talents. The best part about their prefinished moulding is that it’s easy to wipe clean without getting splinters!
Flower Vase Holder
This is one of my favorite projects. I made it for my mom for Mother’s Day and my Aunt Janie fell in love with it, so guess what she’s getting for Christmas this year (hope she doesn’t see this post). This flower box with Coca-Cola® glass bottle vases is made out of Inteplast Building Products PVC trimboard product. I love working with their Trim products because they’re the perfect sustainable wood-alternative, which means Aunt Janie can put poinsettias in these vases for years to come. This project might be a bit more detailed, but it’s still doable for all skill levels. You can find the instructions and materials list here.
We’ve made so many great projects in the past, there’s no way to feature them all. Here are some other great handmade gift ideas like a dog feeding station, wine rack, or a picture rail. Check out all of our inspiring projects on Design Next Door.
Hope you make out ok with the project. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
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)
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)
I’m a detail-oriented kind of person, which of course can be an asset or liability, depending on who you ask. I prefer the term extremely observant. So, one of the first things I notice when I walk into a room in someone’s house is their window treatments (or lack of). Even if you have a beautiful wall color, decorative crown moulding, the perfect work of art hanging, and high-end custom made draperies, I’m that person who will focus on the ugly exposed hardware and curtain rods right away. Not because I’m snooty mind you, but because I’ve had those unsightly blemishes of metal and tin wreck the beauty of my own walls. That is until I came across this quick, inexpensive little DIY gift from Inteplast Building Products. A prefinished, light-weight moulding cornice. As always, with most of my posts, you do not have to be an experienced carpenter or DIY-doer to tackle this project. I’m including the link here to the online video tutorial for step by step instructions. Updating you windows with a cornice is such an easy, budget-friendly fix to hide the unattractive hardware, and add some pizazz to boring windows.
In this video, your hosts use whiskey maple moulding for its warm, rich tones. But Inteplast has several color and profile options to fit any style and taste. And their pre-finished, decorative moulding is readily available at your local Lowe’s, or you can even buy it online on the Home Depot and Houzz sites. One of my favorite reasons for using Inteplast’s moulding products is because it has the same workability as real wood, so I don’t need special tools, which makes it a plus for any DIYer, especially if you’re just getting started. Here’s all you need for this project:
Cornices are a simple way to transform a bland window dressing into an elegant, eye-catching (in a good way) detail in any room of your home without breaking the budget. As always, let me see pictures of your own projects!
I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!
Hello all, Martin here again. When I was a kid, I got put in my fair share of time-outs. Ok, maybe more than my fair share if you listen to my older brother tell the story. What sent me to time-out more than anything was a bad habit, or favorite pastime, of writing on the floors and walls. I’m just sayin’ that my parents had the hardwoods finished at least twice before I turned 8, and I can’t tell you how many coats of paint they went through. I tell you all this because as kids we’re told not to write on the walls, and now all of sudden this trend of chalkboard walls takes hold. What’s a kid to do? Grab some chalk of course!
I have some good friends with three kids some crazy busy schedules. And with school starting soon they asked me to help install some chalkboard walls in their kitchen to create an information command center so they can see each other’s itineraries to help get themselves organized. I think it turned out ok. I based it on this picture from Inteplast Building Products:
We used a pre-finished decorative moulding from Inteplast Building Products to create the picture-frame detail surrounding the chalkboard panels. I like the way the moulding ties in with their existing DIY wainscoting detail. By the way, tacos are my favorite. I hope they will get the hint from the picture and invite me over for dinner! Take a look at this other chalkboard DIY wall I found from Lowe’s.
During my research for the project I found another chalkboard DIY wall on the Lowe’s website. The entryway chalkboard organizer is a Lowe’s Creative Ideas project. They applied two coats of chalkboard paint to an entry way wall to make a convenient message board center.
To keep the lines straight they used a straightedge, a level, and some painters tape to keep the chalkboard even on all sides. You could also add some pre-finished moulding or trim to define the space (and cover up any uneven lines which would be my case). Visit the Lowe’s site here for a complete list of materials, tools, and instructions.
The best thing about these projects… no more time outs! Unless of course you use a permanent marker instead of chalk. Don’t do that. The other great thing is that these project are all absolutely DIY-friendly. You can buy the chalkboard panels or chalkboard paint and Inteplast’s Moulding at your local Lowe’s store or online Home Depot and Houzz. Catch you next time.
Martin (and Harley)
You don’t have to be an experienced trim carpenter to appreciate the aesthetic value that decorative interior moulding and trim from Inteplast Building Products can add to a room. And you don’t have to be a carpenter to install moulding either. So if you’re planning a moulding project anytime soon, I invite you to take a look at these inspirational ideas and tips from some industry professionals and notable DIY experts that can help you get a professional finish in an array of applications.
Baseboards, quarter round, and shoe moulding do more than provide a smooth, clean transition between floors and walls. They provide the finishing detail that transforms a square room to a distinctive, livable masterpiece. When you are adding or replacing baseboards in an existing home, you may run into uneven floors and walls which could make installation slightly tricky. Wendi at H20 Bungalow has a great easy to understand DIY baseboard tutorial that can make your baseboard project look just as good as a hired professional, if not better.
The hosts of See Jane Drill instructional videos show you how to install baseboard moulding with imperfect outside angles in this video tutorial. They also show you how to install baseboard moulding for a perfect fit on imperfect walls with these coping techniques in this video clip.
Crown moulding can add interest to plain walls and infuse character into a room that matches the overall style of your home. DIY Internet guru Sandra from Sawdust Girl shows you how to cut crown moulding and how to create and use templates that’ll make installation easier in this online post.
The aesthetic value of Inteplast Building Products Window and Door Moulding goes beyond softening transitions and hiding door jamb seams. It adds depth and drama to every room by framing picturesque views, playing off natural light, and transforming any doorway into an inviting grand entrance. This installation video on window and trim from The Family Handyman provides some trim carpenter trade secrets - like NOT using a tape measure. This post shows you how to install trim just by eyeing it. And the tools are simple: a sharp pencil, a miter saw, and a nail gun.
In addition to these great tips and tutorials, browse our previous blog posts for additional projects and helpful information on using prefinished moulding and trim from Inteplast Building Products in these and other applications like wall and multi-use moulding. To find Inteplast’s moulding, visit their store locator or look for it online at HomeDepot.com and Houzz.com.
As always, stay crafty and have fun doing it!