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.
Hello all, it’s Martin with you this week. I’m fresh from my travels to the Southeast and I’ve got some cool things to share with you. During my visit with friends, we found some unique sites to see like the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition called Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Back Yard. I know some of you are thinking what a lame thing to do on your vacation. Well, if you read my posts, you know I spend just as much time on my back deck as I do in my house. So when the opportunity came up to learn about the evolution of the modern patio, well, geeky me bought my ticket and got a history lesson on the birth of the DIYer and backyard living spaces.
Here’s the professor Martin synopsis of what I learned: After World War II, the American middle-class took shape, and with it, a need to keep up with the Jones’ so to speak. Which meant a lot more entertaining—specifically outside on patios with the latest BBQ grill, swimming pool, lush landscaping, and patio furniture. The new glossy lifestyle magazines with their full-color pages of groovy (yep, I just used that word) backyard outdoor “rooms” caused Americans to go gaga over the outdoor products from unexpected materials like metals, aluminum, and plastics. And if homeowners couldn’t afford the high-end products, they recreated them themselves from materials that were marketed to consumers, giving rise to the do-it-yourself generation. Check out this photo from the October 1954 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine marketing translucent plastic panels for the DIYers to make a patio sunshade—a less expensive alternative to the large metal patio awnings.
All of this got me thinking about the modern products we use today to build our own outdoor living rooms. Those mid-century modern plastics and metals eventually gave way to natural wood in the 70’s and 80’s, and we seem to have come full circle back to more durable, rot- and mold-resistant products like PVC and vinyl. That’s the attractiveness of deck and porch materials like those from Inteplast Building Products. They’re lasting, lightweight, low-maintenance, and moisture resistant so you can even put them pool side. But they still have the look and workability of traditional wood. What makes them really groovy (I promise, that’s the last time I’ll use that word), is their variety of colors and grains to fit any design style and taste.
One thing is for sure, the popularity of outdoor living rooms is as strong as ever. I think now we’re not so much concerned with showing-off like that crazy Jones family, but instead we like being outdoors because we’re more focused on the environment, natural spaces, and fresh air. But of course we still enjoy gathering with friends and family.
That’s it for me this week. Thanks for indulging in my brief tour down memory lane, and have a gr—eat day (I almost said it). As always, let me know what I can help you with!
Martin (and Harley)
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!