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!
Ever walk into someone’s house and just drool a puddle on their carpet as you stare mouth-gaped at the beautiful, thick, or wide moulding that seems to cover every square inch? I don’t mind telling you that I have been known to do it. The old saying goes what’s old is new again, and that definitely applies to the style of today’s moulding. Moulding found in period homes of the 18th and 19th centuries tended to be wider, thicker, and more ornate compared to the more narrow, let’s just say it—boring and flat designs—of the 20th and first part of the 21st centuries. But with a trending taste towards old-world craftsmanship details, wide and thick are in again. Alas, that doesn’t mean you have to rip out every inch of moulding and start from scratch to have a hip house. Build up what you’ve already got. By combining several moulding profiles you can create looks inspired by historical periods with a fresh, modern vibe—from floor to ceiling and everything in between. Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding, which you can buy at your local Lowe’s, has several profiles and prefinished colors, perfect for creating these DIY custom-look buildups.
Crown Moulding Buildup
You may think crown moulding’s only function is to cover up that wall paint you got on the ceiling, but that’s only a fraction of the power crown can have on a room. A single piece of moulding can do the job, but if you want to make a statement—whether traditional or something more ornate—putting three moulding profiles together will get you what you’re after. Ken O’Brien, author of the Joy of Moldings blog, offers tips and step-by-step instructions on installing three-piece crown moulding.
Moving our way down the wall, if you’re stuck with a fireplace from the minimalism design trend, you may not even have a mantel. Or you could have a fireplace that just has a so-so mantel that needs some pizazz. Using a moulding buildup, you can create a historically inspired, more substantial mantel that can make your fireplace the focal point of the room—even when there’s no fire. The folks from JLC Online show you how to build a Federal style mantel buildup, or check out Binkies and Briefcases DIY floating fireplace mantel that’s a bit more traditional with some small ornate touches.
Just because they’re near the floor doesn’t mean they shouldn’t stand out. Just like crown moulding, tall baseboard moulding designs add character and a bit of historic charm to any room. By adding a second piece of moulding, or heck, even a third, you can create modern farmhouse looks or romantic Victorian looks by stacking baseboards and shoe moulding pieces. Visit the Joy of Moldings blog again for how-to’s.
Mirror and Picture Frame Moulding Buildups
Do you have a not-so-standard size photo or piece of art that you’d like to frame, but can’t find an off-the-shelf frame to fit the dimensions or your style? How about a bathroom mirror that’s losing its reflective coating from the edges? By building up moulding, you can create your own custom picture or mirror frame in using traditional profiles or more ornate ones—depending on the look you’re after. The folks from Reality Day Dream show how they did created a picture frame using three different moulding profiles.
The power moulding has to transform a home is almost unbelievable. With just a couple of Inteplast’s prefinished profiles from Lowe’s, you can add to what you already have, creating a more substantial moulding reminiscent of days gone by—whether it’s on your ceiling, your floors, or hanging on your walls. Happy moulding, and thanks for reading. As always, let us see what projects you’re working on. And visit our Pinterest page for more ideas.
Accent walls are all the rage right now. That makes me smile because I do love an accent wall. But don’t give me a can of paint and a roller. Sure, painting is an inexpensive way to highlight a wall but the impact could be much more dramatic with some textured materials in a unique pattern. If you want to add some visual KAPOW to your walls, experiement with patterns and materials. You could use brick, stone veneers, or wood planks to break up a boring room, but they’re heavy, messy, and require a lot of tools. I’ve found that Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks in a weathered wood-look from Lowe’s are the perfect material because they’re beautiful, easy to install, and a friend of the wallet. And they’re so versatile you can experiment with different patterns to really reflect your style. Let’s explore four patterns here.
OK, so it’s been done. You lay your planks left to right, like the horizon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it great. One of the cool things about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is their multicolor kit. The kit covers 15 sq ft and includes 10 planks – 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White. By alternating the three different colors, you can create an inspiring horizontal pattern the likes of which no one has seen!
Now, we’re getting a little edgier. Vertical patterns, where you lay your planks top to bottom, maybe aren’t as common on the walls as they are floors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. In fact, I dare you!
Want to get even crazier? Try a herringbone pattern. This pattern is named after its resemblance to fish bones. Think Herring fish. This design might look intimidating, but what most people don’t know is that it doesn’t involve many complicated cuts—just straight off of a corner at the ceiling or floor. This pattern will be sooooo worth it when you see the final results!
Mix and Match
If you feel you’re ready for the ultimate pattern challenge, why not mix and match a couple of them to create an amazing, one-of-a-kind accent wall? How about a sort-of-herringbone and horizontal plot twist? Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks are so easy to work with and easy to cut, you’re only limitation is your own imagination.
If you’re ready to get started…
Here’s what you need
Here’s what you DON’T need
Because Inteplast’s Accent Planks are completely removable and come finished and ready to install, you don’t need a lot of items that you would if you used other traditional products, like:
Here’s what you do:
First, sketch out your pattern. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist or hire yourself a professional designer. Just rough out what you want it to look like and start from there.
Next, measure your wall. This is where you’ll start to add real-life dimensions to the pattern you sketched.
Now, depending on the pattern you go with, where you start may be different. But for starters, finding the center, using it as your starting point, and working out from there will be the crucial first step for most patterns.
Using a chalk line and/or a level, draw a vertical line and a horizontal line through the center of the wall to give you a visual reference before installing your planks.
What unique patterns can you come up with? We love pictures around here so send them on! As always, thank you for visiting Design Next Door.
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!
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.
We warn you, once you read this post, you’ll never put tools in your backyard shed again. It’s time to find a new home for your lawnmower and start calculating the extra square footage you can add to your current living space. Yep, the lowly shed is experiencing a rebirth, due in part to a new series on FYI network called He Shed She Shed. And Inteplast Building Products is proud to have participated in the revolution.
Each episode of the He Shed She Shed follows two homeowners and designers in the ultimate male vs. female backyard shed showdown - as they build and design a unique he-shed and she-shed. The series also shows off existing sheds across the country and meets with the owners to learn about their inspiration in creating their unique outdoor spaces.
In the April 2nd series premier, two party-loving homeowners turn their sheds into backyard bars. In California, a pirate-obsessed guy turns his shed into a pirate pub, complete with a mast, sails, and secret bar. Meanwhile, in Austin, Texas, a mega-party hostess creates a tiki bar she-shed that’s built for entertaining her huge group of friends using Inteplast Building Products Decking on the interior to finish the floor, and on the outside of the shed to extend the entertaining area. You’ll be amazed at the transformation!
For this project, the designers used Acorn, in a solid color pattern, but Inteplast Building Products has six colors and three wood grains to choose from, so there’s an option for every style and taste. And Inteplast Building Products Decks are engineered to be durable, lightweight, low-maintenance, and moisture resistant, and there are no special tools required to work with Inteplast Building Products. Yet, their working characteristics are the same as traditional lumber.
The FYI series airs on Saturdays at 10pm ET/PT. Check out the trailer for the series premier here.
Hey guys, it’s Jennifer, and if you are like me, you’re so ready for winter to be on its way. The good news is Punxsutawney Phil didn’t cast a shadow on Groundhog Day, which means an early spring! And I’ve got the fever already. To cheer me up, I spent the weekend planning my biggest spring project yet - a new deck! After last spring of cleaning, staining, sanding down splinters, hammering popped-up nails, and sealing the deck, I declared that I would never do annual maintenance on a deck again! Time is the one thing in life you can’t get back. And I already have a deficit the way it is.
Don’t quote me on this, but I read somewhere that by year 11 of a natural wood deck, a homeowner can have spent nearly $5,000 on maintenance alone. No thank you! What makes doing a deck project so exciting is the countless design and accessory options from Inteplast Building Products. Their decks and porches are engineered to be durable, yet lightweight, moisture resistant - which means no mold and mildew - and the best part, low-maintenance. But if you’re especially interested in the design options and styles, like I am, you don’t have to compromise longevity and durability for aesthetics. They’ve got that covered too with 6 variegated colors and 6 solid colors, all with slip-resistant, splinter-free surfaces. Though I hate the upkeep of real wood, I do like the look of natural wood and modern, dark colors. That’s why I’m partial to their solid color Espresso decking.
When you’re shopping around for the right deck or porch product, take advantage of the online inspiration photo galleries that most manufacturers have. Inteplast has a share feature in their gallery so I was able to send images that I liked to my hubby to get his thoughts. I also used their Deck and Rail visualizer tool so I could match deck colors with rail colors. They help give you a real-world idea of what the products will look like put together.
As an overachieving DIYer, I’m the first to admit my limitations, and this is one of those projects. While I’ll do a lot of the planning and designing myself, I’m gonna leave this installation to the pros and I’ll concentrate on finding just the right patio furniture and accessories to complete the project. Be sure and talk with your local lumberyard or contractor if you are unsure of your deck-building abilities. Inteplast has a DIY checklist if you think you’re up for the challenge.
Keep in mind when thinking about the right deck materials, the time and upkeep needed to maintain your deck over its lifespan I’d rather spend my time enjoying my deck than working on it.
Guess what….only 16 more days until spring! Happy decking everybody.