This year marked my first baby steps toward softening my stance on using a product other than wallpaper to create a stunning accent wall. I love that wallpaper can give a wall a three-dimensional look in vibrant patterns, but I found myself drawn to the rustic-chic option of the weathered wood-look. However, I didn’t want to deal with splinters or nail holes all over the wall if I changed my mind. That’s why I chose Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for my dining room makeover project. Made with a PVC substrate, these Accent Planks are a new product line that is quickly and easily installed with CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M. Since it’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, I wanted to do a quick dining room pick-me up that would put a little punch into our get-together—and these Accent Planks are so easy to install, one person can tackle the job in a weekend.
Collaborating closely with my DIY expert (the hubby), I first explored the brand’s different wood grain finishes—and they have a lot: Sierra Brown, River Grey, Whitewashed Pine, Reclaimed White, and a multicolor kit with an assortment of each. That’s what we used.
The only wall prep we had to do was take down the curtains and curtain rod and wipe down the wall with isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
We laid out our pattern on the floor first, and measured and cut the planks to fit our pattern. We made some of the planks long and some short. The randomness of the lengths gives the wall character.
The installation was a breeze because of the CommandTM strip system. So should the mood take you, you can effortlessly remove and replace the planks and then rearrange them into a completely new pattern—say a herringbone or a chevron. Be careful, there are some comparable products on the market that have self-adhesive backing, but they aren’t removable without doing damage to your walls.
Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s come prefinished and ready to install. You can also cut the planks with regular woodworking tools. The planks are lightweight, which means this was a quick, one-husband-job. And it’s done in plenty of time before the family arrives for Thanksgiving. I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading. Enjoy your time with your family and friends this holiday.
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 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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I’m that crazy lady at the pumpkin patch every October scrutinizing every single pumpkin and carrying armfuls to my car. I’ve even been known to snatch a would-be jack o'lantern from an unsuspecting child because I thought it was the perfect pumpkin specimen (okay, I only did that once and I offered her money for it). Why do I have a pumpkin fetish you ask? Because they are the epitome of the fall season in my opinion, so they’re my go-to Thanksgiving decoration must-have. Especially as table centerpieces.
Pumpkins offer a versatile table decoration. You can paint them, leave them natural, or carve designs into them. They come in so many shapes and sizes as well it’s easy to make interesting design combinations and arrangements. With all of the commercialism that comes with the holiday seasons, I like to keep things natural. It’s easy to blend in pumpkins with twigs and pine cones and greenery.
I love incorporating the color gold into my Thanksgiving décor because I can easily use the same elements for Christmas as well. I found this amazing gold pumpkin table décor by A Pumpkin & a Princess craft and recipe blog site.
The hardest part of incorporating pumpkins into Thanksgiving décor is making sure they last through November. Over the years I’ve experimented with several different techniques for preserving the pumpkins. Here are some great tips from Miss Kopy Kat, a blogger and fellow DIYer on how to make your pumpkins last longer.
Of course, you know me, I couldn’t do a post without mentioning a PVC project. In keeping with the gold theme, I found this great idea on Pinterest from blogger Carrie on eHow for spray panting PVC pipes gold and making vases and table centerpieces. You can use leaves or spruce sprigs instead of flowers.
I hope these ideas inspired you to come up with an amazing one-of-kind Thanksgiving table. On behalf of Inteplast Building Products, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
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)
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.
I remember growing up we had a formal dining room that was rarely used except for special company or holiday get-togethers. We’re talking light blue shag carpet, light blue toile wall paper on the top half of the wall, separated by a chair rail and striped blue wall paper on the bottom half of the wall. The chairs were upholstered in golden yellow. Just thinking about that design scheme now makes me laugh. Oh well, it was the seventies. With the upcoming holidays around the corner I keep eyeing my dining room, wishing I had time to do an overhaul before the family gathers this year for Thanksgiving, but alas, there is no time. However, I’ve been collecting ideas for a spring-time overhaul.
I’ve been looking for some design inspiration on sites like Pinterest, HGTV, and Houzz. For those of you who read this blog regularly, you know I like my decorative moulding. You can make the most dramatic effects by adding this easy-to-use material that you can get at Lowe’s or Home Depot, to walls, doors, and windows. Of course I was blown away by this image with the paneled wall detail and plate rails that they created with moulding. In fact, this room uses moulding and trim to the max - from the window valance to the wide moulding around the door with the corner blocks, and the crown moulding at the ceiling. I’m not sure I like the gold wall color…kind of reminds me of the upholstered chairs we had when I was a kid. But everything else is stunning. At first glance I thought I might be a bit intimidated to tackle this grid pattern but with a level and a chalk line and some patience, I can see being able to finish it in a weekend or two.
I also love the “picture framing” elements on the wall in this next image (again with the gold?) They attached strips of moulding to look like raised panels on the walls. They mixed the formal with the casual by adding framed sections of blackboard paint. I’m not sure if I would do this in a formal dining room, but in a family kitchen area it would totally work.
I go back and forth between a formal dining room and a casual dining room. Then I see a picture like this beautiful white, clean space, and I’m torn. The natural color of the chair rail and the moulding around the windows really break up the starkness of the room. And the white crown and base moulding just seems to draw your eyes into the space between. I love, love the hardwood planks on the ceilings.
Hopefully all of these great ideas will culminate into a design reality for me by this time next year. This year my guests will have to settle for my current dining room surroundings. But I’m thankful to have them!
Let me know if you DIYers out there have any formal/casual dining room stories and pictures to swap. Also, check out my Dining Rooms board on Pinterest where I’m collecting dining room ideas!