If you ask homeowners, most will probably tell you they don’t have enough storage space. As much thought as designers and builders put into storage options, there will always be a need for more—especially if you live in an apartment or condominium. So when your space is feeling cramped or cluttered, and your closets and drawers are maxed out, here are 4 DIY storage hacks to try.
1. Picture Rail Shelves
Not only does decorative picture rail moulding add character to any room, it also gives you more storage options. You can use the floating shelves to store photos, candles, or books, just about anything. Install them in a laundry room where you can store your detergents or other cleaning products. It’s an easy project to tackle on your own. Here’s how.
2. Hidden Storage Cabinet
House and car keys typically get tossed on an end table or the kitchen counter because we don’t have a designated place to keep them. Here is a unique DIY hidden storage cabinet that doubles as a picture frame. You can make this as stylish as you want from Inteplast’s varied color and profile selection of moulding. It’s perfect for keys or any other small items that don’t have a designated storage space. Follow these simple instructions.
3. Wine Rack
While it would be nice to have a separate wine cellar or even a state-of-the-art wine cooler, not all of us have that extra space to spare in our houses, so our wine bottles typically sit in a pantry or on the counter. Here’s a DIY wine rack project that hangs on the wall. It’s super stylish and it’s also a great gift idea too.
4. Coat rack shelf
Not every entry way has a coat closet, which can often mean jackets, coats, scarfs and the like get tossed over chairs or hung on door knobs. Here’s a an easy, DIY coat rack and shelf made from Inteplast’s decorative moulding that not only adds a place to hang garments, but also has a shelf to add knick-knacks, photos, or anything else that needs a place of its own. Get directions here.
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!
It doesn’t matter how old your kids are, there is just something so special when they create artwork and give it to you as a gift. So while most dads have amassed a collection of Father’s Day ties over the years, my husband has a private art collection thanks to the budding talents in our house. Whether they’re a sketch, a painting, or a collage, you need a place to show them off—and taped to a wall doesn’t cut it. They put their little hearts and souls into their work, so the least you could do is frame it like it’s a Van Gogh.
Sure, you can buy a store bought frame, but where’s the fun in that I ask? So every year, after the kids have created their masterpiece, I help them build a gallery-worthy frame out of prefinished moulding. I like Inteplast Building Products decorative moulding because it comes in a bunch of classic and modern profiles, so you can get a different look for every frame. And, you can buy get it at your local Lowe’s or online at Home Depot.
Here’s all you need to make these frames:
Cut the pieces of the casing to make a simple frame with mitered corners that leave an opening of precisely 8”x10.5”.
Build a simple frame with the 1”x3” wood stock that has an inside dimension of precisely 8.75”x11.25” and join the corners.
Perfectly center the pre-cut pieces of Casing onto the wood frame and attach with short finishing nails or contractor’s adhesive. Attach picture hangers centered on both a short and long side of the frame back.
You can get as fancy as you want. You can make it more ornate by adding a layer of crown moulding and baseboard trim, also from Inteplast. You don’t even need glass. Leaving the glass off makes the artwork accessible so you can easily replace what's inside. Or, if you’re like us, we just build a new frame and artwork every year so my husband can truly appreciate the progression of talent from his offspring as they age.
That’s all there is to it my DIY comrades! I would love to see how you showcase your budding artist’s masterpieces. Send us your pictures. And don’t forget to check out our Pinterest boards for even more projects!
Hello all, it’s Martin with you again this week and I’m stoked because it’s almost Mother’s Day. It truly is one of my favorite holidays because I get to show appreciation for the beautiful woman who not only gave me life but gave me my first hammer. I have been a DIYer practically from birth. My parents like to say if I would have had my way I would have built my own crib. As you know, if a gift’s not homemade, I’m not giving it. And my Mom wouldn’t have it any other way when it comes to her Mother’s Day surprise. So if you’re looking for a hand-crafted way to say “thanks mom,” check out some of these projects from the past.
All-Weather Planter Box
If your mom is anything like mine, every square inch of her yard is full of flowers and plants. About the only place she didn’t have flowers was around her mailbox. So last year I made this fascia board & corner board planter box using PVC products from Inteplast Building Products. It was fun and easy to do, and because Inteplast has a bunch of colors to choose from, it’s a cinch to match it to the exterior of the house. You can check out the full post with instructions here. Of course you won’t want to forget to include a nice potted plant with this box.
Whimsical PVC Soda Bottle Flower Vase
My mom said this is one of her favorite gifts I’ve ever made her. Of course, she could just be saying that to make me feel good, but I’ll take it. This DIY project is so imaginative—I’ll be you’ll put your siblings’ gifts to shame! You could even substitute the soda bottles for wine bottles or your favorite beverage bottle. Using Inteplast’s PVC trim product, three glass bottles, and your standard wood-working tools, you can have this project done in a few hours. See the full list of materials and instructions here. It’s even nicer when you show up with flowers in it.
Stylish PVC Wine Rack
Speaking of wine—we were weren’t we?—I made this PVC wine rack for my aunt this past Christmas and my mom got a little jealous. So of course I knew immediately what I was going to make her for Mother’s Day this year. With some Inteplast PVC trim board, some screws, PVC cement, and a little elbow grease, you’ve got quite a gift that might even top the soda bottle vase—but only if it comes fully stocked with your mom’s favorite vino. For step-by-step instructions, visit here.
These are just a few of the easy, functional, DIY projects can you whip up in time for Mother’s Day. For more ideas, check out the Creative Projects page and get inspired. Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
Hello all, Martin here. Happy almost Valentine’s Day to my fellow DIY do-ers. Nothing says I heart you like a handcrafted gift you make with love (and maybe some blood and tears if you’re clumsy with a screw driver like I’ve been known to be). I’ve got an easy, practical, and fun do-it-yourself hanging shelf project you can make for your favorite person using Inteplast Building Products Deck board just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is a project even the most beginner of DIYing can handle. Here’s how to get started.
Gather these materials:
First, drill four holes, one at each corner, about 1” from the ends and ¾” from the sides. For this project we used Inteplast’s Deck board in Burnished Maple, but they have multiple wood grains and color pallets to choose from. And, there are no special tools required to work with Inteplast Building Products, but they have the same characteristics and workability as traditional lumber.
Next, cut two pieces of nylon rope in identical lengths. The length you cut the rope will depend on how far from the hook you want the shelf to hang.
Then, run one strand of rope through the two holes on one end of the deck board. Double knot each end of the rope after you’ve run it through the holes. Make sure the knots are bigger than the ¼” holes.
Now, drill a hole on the wall where you want the shelf to hang. Hammer in the plastic expansion anchor then screw in the hook plate to the wall. Place the hook over the hook plate.
Hold on, you’re not quite done yet. Add to the shelf some nostalgic memorabilia like the tickets to your first concert together or a fancy-framed photo of your first trip together to remind your favorite someone what he or she means.
To find a place to purchase Inteplast’s Deck boards visit the Inteplast Retail Locator here.
Hope you make out ok with the project. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Martin (and Harley)
If you haven’t checked out the Creative Projects section on our Design Next Door blog, you’re missing out on a wealth of exciting, functional, inspirational, DIY home and décor projects using Inteplast Building Products PVC trim and moulding products that any skill level can have fun with. So if your New Year’s resolution was to get more crafty and creative in 2017, let’s do it together! Heck, taking on some creative projects could actually help you mark off some of those other typical New Year’s promises we make but rarely keep after January 3rd. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find there.
If one of your resolutions for the upcoming year was to get more organized, we’ll, you’re not alone. That’s like the number 2 goal on everybody’s list. Between my hubby and me we probably have ten sets of keys for everything from cars, trucks, boats, garage, you name it—plus we can never find them. So here’s a solution to keep your keys organized (and findable): This DIY Key Cabinet under our Creative Projects.
Spending more time with family is another trending resolution for 2017. With our fast-paced, online lifestyles these days it’s easy to forget to schedule quality together time. Though you might want to tackle this one when it gets a little warmer—or you can play in your mittens—this cornhole game board project is a great opportunity to get the kids or grandkids involved in building it together. And, guess what…this counts for staying fit and healthy too once it’s all put together, so you get to mark off an additional resolution with this cornhole project!
Ahh, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, another popular New Year’s resolution year after year is to fall in love. I can’t really help you out with the love part, but I can help you get prepared for your new romance with a made-from-the-heart soda bottle Flower Vase Holder. Because this fun and funky flower vase uses Inteplast Trim, a sustainable wood-alternative product, you can fill the vases with water and fresh flowers for years to come!
These are just a few of the exciting, easy do-it-yourself projects you’ll find on the Design Next Door Creative Projects section of our blog. Don’t forget to check the section often for inspiration how-to ideas. And good luck with those resolutions!
Until next time, thanks for reading.
Hello fellow DIY devotees, Martin here, and I’m uber eager to share some of my favorite projects from years past that make amazing holiday gifts for your near and dears. The good news is, these projects aren’t overly complicated at all so you still have plenty of time to get them made, wrapped, and under the tree, and they all use Inteplast’s moulding and trim products.
This necklace holder is the perfect gift for your wife, girlfriend, mother, or sister, or you can give it to anybody to use as a key rack or a dog leash holder, and it’s doable for even a beginner DIYer. Using Inteplast’s casing and moulding products in a wood grain or white, which you can find at Lowe’s or online at Houzz.com, you can make it any length you want. You can find all of the instructions and materials you’ll need here at our original post.
Bottle Opener Cap Catcher
We’ve all got that person on our Christmas list who loves craft brew beverages (like me!). This PVC bottle cap opener and catcher is the perfect gift to outfit a special someone’s deck, patio, or outdoor entertaining space. This DIY favorite uses Inteplast’s white trim product. Check out this post for instructions and materials.
Picture Frame and Kid’s Frame and Storage
I made these gallery-inspired frames using Inteplast’s prefinished moulding for my sister last year so she could show off my niece’s budding artistic talents. The best part about their prefinished moulding is that it’s easy to wipe clean without getting splinters!
Flower Vase Holder
This is one of my favorite projects. I made it for my mom for Mother’s Day and my Aunt Janie fell in love with it, so guess what she’s getting for Christmas this year (hope she doesn’t see this post). This flower box with Coca-Cola® glass bottle vases is made out of Inteplast Building Products PVC trimboard product. I love working with their Trim products because they’re the perfect sustainable wood-alternative, which means Aunt Janie can put poinsettias in these vases for years to come. This project might be a bit more detailed, but it’s still doable for all skill levels. You can find the instructions and materials list here.
We’ve made so many great projects in the past, there’s no way to feature them all. Here are some other great handmade gift ideas like a dog feeding station, wine rack, or a picture rail. Check out all of our inspiring projects on Design Next Door.
Hope you make out ok with the project. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Hi, Martin here again. It is officially starting to feel like November. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed the extended summer temps, but hey, it’s almost Thanksgiving, it’s time for some cooler weather to get us in the spirit. Speaking of cool, I had to unpack my fall and winter clothes this week. So that you’ll always know where your coat is this winter, I have a handy project that’s perfect: A PVC moulding coat rack that’s a stylish and convenient way to hang your winter outerwear. And, because Inteplast’s PVC moulding is moisture resistant, this makes a great towel rack for high-moisture rooms like the bathroom. This is another easy one. Here’s all you need:
Gather these materials:
First, I hit my local building supply stores for everything I need for this project. You can buy Inteplast Building Products PVC trim at your local Home Depot or you can check out this retail locator from Inteplast Building Products to find a retailer in your area.
To get started, I first used my hack saw to cut the PVC base moulding at a 45 degree angle. You’ll need to stand the moulding up against the vertical flap to achieve the outside corner or inside corner.
Next, use the PVC trim edge to mark the end of the side piece. Then cut the inside corner and outside corner of the moulding by adjusting the hacksaw angles.
Now, cut the 2x6 PVC trim to 36” and 40” long pieces. Line up the base cap moulding to the edge of the 36” long PVC trim and mark the reference line to cut the 45 degree outside corner.
Follow the same steps for the three pieces of PVC cove moulding.
Once I have the PVC pieces cut, I laid out the garment hook panel, the base cap and the cove moulding to get them ready for assembly.
Next, apply PVC cement to the trim and base cap pieces. Then, apply the cement to the end pieces.
Now, cement the Cove moulding to the PVC trim. After you’ve applied the PVC cement, wait about 3 minutes until it’s dry before you put in the hooks and the top panel.
Mark the location for the garment hooks and attach with 5/8”screws. Now, center and align the 40” PVC trim to the top of garment hanger panel using 1-1/2" screws.
Now you’re ready to hang it on the wall. Using a stud finder, locate the stud and anchor the finished shelf on the wall.
That’s it! Easy access for your coats this winter. Of course, you can make your shelf longer and add more hooks.
This project shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two. It also makes a great holiday gift idea if you enjoy giving handmade gifts like I do. I’d love to see your finished project, and as always, let me know other cool projects you come up with using PVC moulding. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
Hello again, Martin here. The outside temperatures may be unseasonably warm, but that’s not going to defer the holiday entertaining schedule that’s about to get real. My family, my girlfriend’s family, and my friends and neighbors are big into get-togethers during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, which translates into lots of great feasts and lots of amazing wines and spirits. This time of year, wine is the perfect hostess and holiday gift. But with all of those brand new shiny bottles collecting on your countertops as your guests bring them in; it’d be nice to have extra storage that also let you show them off. Well, have I got a project for you. Not only is this PVC wine rack a perfect gift idea, if you’re an entertainer who likes to serve wine, it’s one of those projects you’ll want to make and keep for yourself.
This is wine rack is so easy to make, here’s all you need to do:
Gather these materials:
First, if I don’t have all of the materials I need, I head out to my local building supply store. You can buy Inteplast Building Products PVC trim at your local Home Depot, or you can check out this retail locator from Inteplast Building Products to find a retailer in your area.
Next, I make four marks, every 10” on the 1 x 4 PVC trim board. Then, on the table saw, I make miter cuts (45 degrees) at every 10” mark.
Once I have the four pieces cut of the PVC trim cut, which will become the wine bottle holders, I roughly line them up to make sure they fit together. This also helps me determine the size of the backer board. Now, I’ll cut the 1 x 10 PVC trim board to 29” long and 9-1/2” wide.
All of my pieces are cut and ready for assembly. I’ll first mark where the bottle holes will be drilled. Starting 2” from the end, I’ll mark the center for the first hole, and then from the center of the first hole, I’ll measure over 3-3/4” for the center of the second hole. I’ll need to repeat this for each of the other three pieces. Check out the diagram at the end of this post for more detail.
Next, apply PVC cement on the edges of each bottle holder, and press them in place on the backer trim board.
After you’ve applied the PVC cement, wait about 3 minutes until it’s dry, and then flip it over and permanently attach with 1-1/2” screws, starting at the edge. Apply three screws for each PVC bottle holder trim piece. Start from the sides and use a straight edge as a guide for the middle screws.
Now you’re ready to hang it on the wall. Using a stud finder, locate the stud. Mount the rack with a screw on the top and one on the bottom, 1” from each edge. Make sure you are going into a stud, you don’t want your wine collection to end up on the floor!
That’s it! Your finished project can hold up to 8 bottles of wine.
Once you’ve got all of your materials and tools gathered, this project shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two tops! Hope you make out ok with the project, and as always, I’m ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Hi all, Martin here. For those of you who read my posts often, you know all about my 120 lb. rescue sidekick Harley. He’s a big shaggy loveable mutt, so I do everything I can to keep him cool and comfortable in the summer months. So when a newly opened local park asked me if I’d build them a water station for dogs visiting the park, of course I said yes. Since it’ll be sitting out in the open, obviously I went with Inteplast Building Products PVC trim and planking which is moisture resistant so the park grounds keepers don’t have to worry about rotting, splitting, cracking, or mold and mildew.
I’m gonna warn you, this project may not be for the beginning DIYer. There is some knowledge and know-how that may require some extra skill notching and miter cutting, but don’t let that scare you off. The station I made for the park won’t contain food, but I went ahead and made it a storage bin as well so they can keep extra bowls or bowl cleaning supplies in it. If you’re making this for your home, the extra storage is good for not only food, but leashes, dog bags, etc. So, let’s get started.
Materials you'll need: