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.
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.
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!
When I was a kid my parents took me on a trip to Graceland—Elvis’s mansion in Memphis, Tennessee for those who live under a rock. I have to admit, I had no idea who Elvis was at the time, but when I got there and saw the shag green carpet on the walls, I became a fan. I begged my parents for months after that visit to let me put carpet on my walls. They said NO. Now as an adult, my tastes have evolved. So when a friend wanted my advice on creating an accent wall (she was unaware of the carpet request or she probably wouldn’t have asked for my opinion), I told her about Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products, available at Lowe’s. They’re inspired by the weathered look of reclaimed wood, but they’re made from PVC so no splinters or bugs to worry about. They are easy to install, moisture resistant, and completely removable. I offered to help my friend install the planks, but she said, “no way, I got this.” Here is how easy it is to do yourself.
First, figure out how many Accent Planks you’ll need. Measure the height and width of the wall to calculate the required square footage. Each kit of planks covers 15 square feet. Remember to acclimate the planks to your room temperature at least 24 hours before you install them.
Next, wipe down the wall you want to install the planks using isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Don’t use general household cleaners because they can be too harsh. If you recently painted the wall, make sure you wait seven days before installing the Accent Planks.
Now comes the fun part. Figuring out the pattern orientation. These Accent Planks are versatile and you can run them horizontal, vertical, or even a herringbone pattern. It’s a good idea to map out an area on the floor the same size as the wall you’ll be covering and arrange the planks to determine the balance of color and pattern before you install them. There aren’t any rules: you can run the grain patterns in the same direction, or opposite direction.
Once you have the layout arranged, it’s time to cut your planks to make them fit. The cool thing about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is they can be trimmed using a chop saw, a table saw, or a fine tooth miter box saw. No special tools needed.
Then, at the top of the wall where you plan to start your planks, use a level and a pencil and draw a line on the wall to use as a guide for your starter row of planks.
Oh, I forgot to mention…no hammer or nails needed. Inteplast’s Accent Planks are installed using Command® Picture Hanging Strips from 3M®—which are included with each kit. You can however use construction adhesive or finishing nails if you want the planks to be permanent.
Place adjoining planks at varying lengths leaving a 1/32” gap between planks to allow for expansion. Continue until the first row is complete. Offset the second row 6-12” or as desired to achieve an appropriate design. Repeat until the wall is covered.
And if you thought it couldn’t get any easier, check this out. Inteplast’s Accent Planks are completely removable. So if you get a plank crooked during installation, or you don’t like the color plank you just placed, just remove it and replace it.
Carefully lift the bottom of the plank, pull it up and away to expose the Command® fasteners. Don’t pull the planks straight off because it can damage your wall. Adjust the plank ore replace, then push the plank back onto the fasteners and push at each strip until you hear a click.
To completely remove the strip, grip the tab and slowly stretch the strip straight down against the wall until it releases, about 12 inches. Don’t pull the strip towards you.
That’s it! A quick and easy do-it-in-a-weekend project.
Inteplast’s Accent Planks are practically maintenance-free. The PVC substrate means they’re water resistant, which makes them a great product for high-moisture areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. For occasional cleaning, just use a mild soap solution on a damp cloth and wipe dry.
These Accent Planks are a great option to transform regular walls into conversation pieces. Not that green shag carpet wouldn’t be a conversation starter, but this option is a little more practical. Thanks for reading, and always, I’m here if you want to talk shop.
Hello my fellow DIY friends, Andrea here with you this week. This fall project is sooooo easy, you’re gonna say: ”This can’t be all there is to it.” Well, it really is that simple. In fact, you can start on it five minutes before Thanksgiving guests arrive and still have it done in time to cook the Turkey. I wouldn’t recommend waiting until then to do it. But you could if you wanted to.
Last month I tackled a weathered wood-look headboard using Inteplast Accent Planks that I purchased from Lowe’s. I had some planks left over so I decided to do a quick fall décor project. I have a couple more planks left over, so stay tuned for an easy-peasy Christmas-themed project idea coming up next month. So, without further ado…ta-dah, here it is!
Now, I have a Cricut (pronounced cricket, yep, like the insect) die cut machine so I created all of the die cuts. But you can just as easily do this with some wall decals that you can find online in shops like Etsy. Here is a link to decals for the word Thankful , and here is a link to fall leaves decals. Just make sure the size of the decals fit your accent plank, or planks if you use more than one.
For this project, I used an accent plank in Sierra Brown, but there are several other color options to choose from: Reclaimed White, River Grey, and Whitewashed Pine. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit that includes 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White.
One of the best things about these Accent Planks from Lowe’s is that you hang them using Command™ Strips from 3M. That means there is no damage to the wall or the plank when you take it down at the end of the season. Also, if you don’t like where you put it, you can take it down and rehang it somewhere else.
So, here’s all the materials you need:
Then, lay the decals out on the board and determine where you want to place them.
Then, you peel off the backing and apply the decals to the board. Once your lettering and leaves are in place, apply the CommandTM Strips from 3M and hang the sign on the wall.
I promise you, there are no hidden steps that you’ve missed. I told you it was easy. I wish you all the fun and joy of trying this project for yourself. It’s definitely one of those that you can let the kids do as well. See how creative you can get 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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Once in a while an amazing DIY product comes along that even I will roll up my sleeves for instead of calling a handyman—and I’ve found it. I have never been a fan of wallpaper, and just painting an accent wall in a bold color doesn’t really inspire me either. Lately I’ve been craving an accent wall with the popular reclaimed wood look, but I don’t want the bulk, needless to say the hassle of cutting and nailing the boards on the wall. So when I heard about the new DIY-friendly Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products, I knew I found the solution for infusing some character into a wall in my home office.
The Mixed (multicolor) Kit includes 10 planks in three distressed colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, and Reclaimed White. For anybody wanting a rustic look without the commitment and trouble of actual reclaimed wood, the color combination in this kit will not disappoint. You can install them in a variety of patterns like horizontal or vertical, or go crazy and do a herringbone if you’ve got the gumption. Probably the most amazing detail for me is the peel-and-stick installation using CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M—which are included in the kit. The good news is, they’re removable so if that herringbone doesn’t work out, you can start over.
The new Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products are readily available online at Lowe’s and Amazon. Each kit includes ten 4.5” x 4’ pieces that covers 15 square feet with no extensive wall prep or refinishing work required. They come finished and ready to go. The best part, once they’re up, you can easily clean the wall with a damp cloth.
Because the Accent Planks are moisture-resistant, these would be perfect in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, laundry rooms, or mudrooms. So not only do they offer unique aesthetic design opportunities, they’re durable. And no splinters! And think outside of the wall too. You can use the planks to clad a kitchen island, you can create a headboard, and and you can even create a great art piece with them. The opportunities are endless, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
I have so much more to say about these new Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products, but you’ll have to wait until next time! Thanks for reading.
Hello all, it’s Andrea, and I am not ashamed to admit this: I still like to dye Easter eggs. It doesn’t matter that everybody is too old to hunt for them, I’m still gonna color them! There’s just something so inviting about the candy-colored pallet of Easter with its fuchsias, teals, oranges, purples, yellows, and blues. I get giddy, and I get in the mood to make over my deck with bright fabrics and colorful flowers. You don’t have to go all deranged Easter bunny to achieve a fun spring décor (but we’re not stopping you). Here are some ideas to get you started.
Brightly colored patio umbrellas are a great way to infuse color into your outdoor living space—not to mention it’s functional to make those afternoon weekend lunches outside more enjoyable. Add beautiful spring-to-summer blooms like the ones in this image from DIY Network and you’ve got yourself an Easter oasis.
Adding a brightly colored rug to your outdoor deck is the perfect way to make it feel like it’s a natural extension of your living space. It turns a deck into a room. Another way to achieve a color balance is painting an old piece of furniture a bright, complimentary color for a focal point.
Now this says Easter! But in a tasteful way that transitions directly from the holiday all the way through spring and summer. Adding fun, polka-dot throw pillows to a blue patio cushion like this image from Home Depot, creates a whimsical outdoor space that’s inviting and entertaining ready. Top the look with a bright fuchsia potted plant centerpiece on the table.
Even if your furniture has a dark colored cushion or fabric and you’re not into changing it, you can still accomplish a spring pallet with some lighter, brighter cushions. Here you can see this dark blue love seat gets softened with lime greens and oranges and some white furniture pieces.
Flowers aren’t just for the garden. Add colorful pots of flowers and arrangements to your deck so you can enjoy them in full view. You can use typical vase planters or something imaginative like this wagon planter. If you do put pots on your deck, make sure you have a water pan underneath to keep your deck clean and stain-free.
Of course, starting with the right deck gives you a foundation to build your outdoor lifestyle around. Inteplast Building Products has a wide array of color choices, applications, and accessories to fit every style, function, and budget. And you can use their online visualizer tool to “see” what your dream deck could look like by switching colors, options, rails, etc. Play around with and see what you can come up with! Enjoy your Easter weekend with friends and family. I’m off to color some eggs!
Hello again, it’s Andrea here. There’s no better time of the year to talk about Victorian-inspired interiors than the most romantic month of the year! Ornate, color-laden, dreamy, character-driven, charm, and craftsmanship are all words that come to mind when I think of Victorian homes. It’s enough to make me want to flutter a fan while I’m being courted in the parlor and promised a happy-ever-after life.
Another word that comes to mind about Victorian interiors is ostentatious. The flashier the better was the rule so that Victorian families could show off their homes (and wealth). But if you want to add touches of the romantic bygone era with a modern, more minimalist appeal, you can do it tastefully and subtly. Here are some suggestions for keeping it simple but romantic.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: it’s-all-in-the-details. Details often made the Victorian interior. Think fragrant, colorful flowers in every room; carved, upholstered furniture; grandiose knick-knacks in every nook and cranny. You don’t have to go over the top, but you can mix one or two of these elements with modern furniture and décor. Consider adding ornate picture frames or mirrors on one wall. Or add prefinished moulding details to an old piece of furniture. You can even enhance a modern fireplace with an old, decorative mantel you pick up at a flea market.
Victorian-era flooring was often wood or stone with intricate patterns and designs. You don’t have to tear up your floor to get the look. Add Persian rugs instead to capture the same decorative style without the cost (or the mess).
Color-themed rooms were a décor must-do in age-old Victorian homes. And the colors were rich, often dark, and intertwined with floral wall coverings. Consider painting a darker, richer accent wall in a single room and adding craftsman style wainscoting or beadboard to the lower half of the wall to channel your Victorian personality. Check out this previous post on creating your own faux wainscoting using Inteplast Building Products trim and moulding. Or, if you’re feeling brave, do an accent wall with a modern floral wall paper.
Victorian designers spent just as much time on the ceilings as they did the floors and wall. Decorative tin ceiling panels were a favorite trend of the day, as was the use of wide crown moulding. Crown moulding adds drama to any room just by filling in that boring vacant line between your walls and ceilings. And don’t forget the window and door headers as well. You can easily add this spectacular detail with pre-finished moulding you can purchase in-store at Lowe's or online at Houzz.com.
Good luck my fellow DIYers out there who’ve decided to put a little Victorian romance into your homes. Don’t forget to send in your pictures so we can share your masterpieces with our other readers!
Autumn is truly my most favorite season of the year. Where I focus my decorating and efforts on the exterior during the spring, the interior gets all of my attention in the fall. If it’s time to repaint my walls, I usually wait until the fall so I can select rich, warm colors to keep things cozy, considering most of our time will soon be spent indoors for the upcoming winter months. In addition to paint, one of the most creative, inexpensive, and easy to do updates you can do to infuse character in your house by adding decorative moulding throughout. Here are some inspiring room-by-room design ideas that’ll make you happy to hibernate in until spring.
One of my favorite fall rituals is piling into my bed, surrounded by my big soft down comforter, and reading for a couple of hours in the evenings after dinner. Like in this image, one of my favorite fall decorative combinations is a beautiful, warm autumnal wall color paired with cool, crisp white bedding that you might reserve only for spring and summer. The crystal white moulding and bead board contrasted against the espresso moulding, both from Inteplast Building Products, makes this a room you want to spend time in.
Once the weather cools, and while I’m comfortably lounging in my bedroom, reading in the evenings, my husband retreats to his man cave to watch sports or crime dramas, or read or tinker with his electronic gadgets. I find that a lot of people assume man caves are all sports-themed or covered with pin-up posters, but my hubby’s is pretty sophisticated; very similar to this inspirational image. Make no mistake, the russet and beige wall color tones scream man cave, but it’s very tastefully done, especially the autumn color moulding from Inteplast. I am especially in awe of how they incorporate the chair rail moulding with the picture and poster framing. That is first class!
So yes, we have both a media room and a man cave at our house. After the kids graduated from college and moved out for good a few years ago, we had a ton of extra space that needed a purpose. Our media room is well used during the fall and winter months. It’s where we hang out for movie night with friends, neighbors, and the kids when they come in for a visit. I am enamored by the streamlined moulding-turned-wall shelving in this photo. Using Inteplast Building Products, you can install strips of prefinished trim, evenly spaced to act as a tract system for hanging shelves to hold DVDs, pictures, or anything else you want to put on display. You can find a how-to video to build your own shelves here.
With Inteplast Building Products vast variety of prefinished moulding colors, textures, and profiles, there is no limit to the decorative possibilities.
Get cozy, and stay crafty this fall!