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.
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.
The start of fall always reminds me of tasty soups and comfort foods. My mom is an amazing cook. She really gets into it—pre-prepping her ingredients, pulling out all of her pots and pans, and kicking everybody out of the kitchen. She’s always so organized. But if you look at her spice cabinet, you wouldn’t know it. It’s beyond cluttered so she never knows what spices she already has, which means she buys more. She’s got like five of every spice in there. Here’s a sneak peek below. I hope she doesn’t read this. So, being the crafty, dutiful, DIY son that I am, I made her this functional and stylish spice rack using Inteplast’s weathered wood look Accent Planks to get her in the mood to make her famous Curried Butternut Squash Soup. And I’m not gonna lie, I want to be a recipient of said soup, so any means of persuasion I have.
Here’s what you need:
The first thing you’ll do is cut your oak boards. For the spice rack I made, the overall dimensions are 22-1/4” x 24”. Once the boards are cut, go ahead and stain them. Let them dry, and then put the frame and shelves together with the brads.
Next, attach the Accent Planks to the back of the shelf using the brads. Make sure the backside of the planks are facing you before you attach them. I made that mistake myself, so just some words of wisdom.
Then, attach the picture hanging hardware to the back of the shelf. I used eye hooks but you could also use a large picture frame saw tooth hanger. Just make sure whatever you choose has an adequate load capacity for all of the spices.
That’s all there is too it. Now, if I can just convince my mom that she doesn’t need multiples of every spice, she should have plenty of room to fashionably and adequately display her spices. Ahhhh, I can taste that curried squash now! As always, I’m here to talk shop. Let me know what projects you’re working on these days.
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!
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.
Hi all, Martin here with you this week. Lately when I check the mail, I’ve been bringing along a roll of ugly duct tape to temporarily stick the pieces of my weatherproof housing around my mailbox back together. It’s a sad site for sure: peeling paint, splintering wood, and rotting posts.
It’s enough to make the postman start putting my mail in the neighbor’s box. Of course, you know I’m not one to run out and buy an easy, pre-made mailbox kit. And if you’re not either, here’s a do-it-yourself weekend mailbox repair project that’ll make your neighbors ask for one. It’s made using Inteplast Building Products PVC bead board and trim. Here’s all you need:
You can do this in any order you’d like—build the box or replace the post. But I took care of the new vinyl post first. Trim off the rotted core of the wood post. Allow an extra 18” of length for the 4x4 vinyl post to bury below the dirt. Add cement as needed. The ideal height for the mailbox door is 42” above the ground.
First, cut yourself two 24” pieces of the PVC bead board for the sides of the mailbox housing, and cut an 8” x 11”x ¾”thick piece of PVC trim in the shape of a house for the back of the box. Use the PVC cement to join the tongue and groove sections.
Next, using Cortex screws and plug system, join the PVC bead board sides to the PVC trim “house” back.
Now, cut two 24” roof panels from PVC siding. Using the 1.5”x 24”x 3/4” PVC trim, cut a 90 degree roof angle beam. Flip over the siding and screw it to the PVC trim roof angle. The screws will be hidden and they’ll be protected from the elements.
Next, use 1.5” x 8” x 3/4” thick PVC trim to connect the front end of the bead board side walls. Now place the roof to the mailbox frame using PVC cement and screws.
Then, place the mailbox frame over the existing mailbox.
Now, let’s work on the flag component, or the “chimney” flap of the house. Use two 3/4” thick PVC trim scraps cut at 45 degrees. Attach the chimney flap from inside the siding roof panel.
The box is done, but let’s do something to cover up the old existing wood post support. Using the existing pieces as a template cut the three supports from a piece of ½” thick PVC fascia sheet. Attach the fascia to the post using Cortex screws. Just add the street number and you’re all done!
Now you have a beautiful mailbox that your neighbors will envy. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
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)
Hello again, Martin here with an ingenious, stylish solution to make your clutter go incognito. This handcrafted picture frame doubles as a storage cabinet where you can hang your keys, place often used items like lip balm, remotes, small flashlight, phone charger, or that Lone Ranger mask that you sometimes wear around the house when you’re watching TV collection…or maybe I’m the only one who does that? Oh well, it’s a judgment free storage solution. Let’s get started.
What you'll need:
First, miter cut the PVC moulding to the desired length that you want your shelf to be. Also, cut the trim to match the same lengths. Next, on the table saw, route out 4mil wide and ¼” deep slot along one side of each piece of the PVC trim—about 3/32” from the edge.
Now that you’ve got everything cut, it’s time to assemble the cabinet frame with the trim pieces. Make sure the routed slots are all on the same side.
In the next step, use the utility knife to cut two pieces of the 3mil PVC sheet about 1/8” smaller—on all sides—than the picture frame and the cabinet frame. Then, staple the PVC sheet to the back of the cabinet.
Next, let’s work on the “rails” that go inside of the frame that keep your stuff secure. Using the utility knife, cut (2) 2” wide strips from the 4mil thick PVC corrugated about ¼” longer than the inside width of your cabinet.
You’ve got your finished cabinet with two shelves; but you’re not done yet. Let’s add the three hooks. Drill a small hole to get each of the hooks started. While you’ve got your drill out, go ahead and drill the hole on the PVC sheet to mount the shelf on the wall.
Next, it’s time to put the moulding frame together. Using PVC cement, join the miter cut casings and wait a few minutes for the cement to bond. For added reinforcement, staple the back sides of the mitered joints once the cement has had a chance to dry.
Now, let’s work on the photo or artwork you’ve picked out. First, trim the image 1” larger on all sides than the inside opening of the moulding frame. Apply double-sided tape on the back of the image and carefully place it onto the PVC sheet. Next, staple the PVC sheet to the moulding frame.
Next, attach the hinges to the cabinet and the back side of picture frame.
You’re almost done. Add the magnetic catch to cabinet. Use the catch plate to determine the position of magnetic catch. Add the magnetic catch plate to the back side of the picture frame. Then, just hang or screw the finished picture frame box to the wall. That’s it!
You can hang your keys on the hooks at the top, and use the shelves for miscellaneous items. One of the reasons I really like making custom shelves and frames out of Inteplast’s moulding and trim products is because of the clean lines and the consistency of design. For example, if you’ve made our chalkboard key cabinet, coat rack shelf, even our wine rack, they all have the same look and feel so you can easily incorporate these pieces throughout your decorating scheme and they go together.
That’s it for me this week. Enjoy the project, and as always, let me know what I can help you with!