Like an exciting prologue in a book, adding an interesting wall color, piece of furniture, or architectural detail to your entryway piques the interest of your guests and leaves them wanting to see more. Here are 5 easy-to-do, budget-friendly tips to help you make the best first impression.
1. Add a Photo Wall
Got a bright or bold wall color but nothing to go with it? Make your entryway a conversation starter with a photo wall. Using prefinished moulding, which comes in a variety of colors and profiles, you can build a giant sized picture frame to show off your favorite vacation pics, anniversary photos, or your kid’s art work, all at once.
2. Add Beadboard for a Farm-Friendly Vibe
Adding classic white beadboard to an entryway wall can instantly infuse charm to a cottage style design scheme. The clean, crisp aesthetic of the beadboard lends itself to a modern take on the farm-house trend or a more traditional style. Either way, it’s inviting to all. Photo posted from deavita.net.
3. Add a Bright Piece of Rehabbed Furniture
If your design tastes run on the bohemian side, the best way to set the tone for the rest of your free-spirited colorful style is starting off with a pop of color and a vintage piece of furniture. We embellished a flea-market dresser with some multi-use moulding strips, which you can find at Lowe’s and other select dealers, that make this front entry statement warm, inviting, and totally cool.
4. Add a Mirror, or Dress Up an Existing One
If your entryway is on the small size, one of the best design techniques to make it look larger is by adding a mirror. Especially if your front entry has light sources (sun or artificial), a mirror reflects the light and can make the room look brighter and larger. You don’t have to spend big bucks on a mirror either. Grab one at your local building re-supply store and add an inexpensive, but expensive looking moulding frame or go bold with some glass or organic materials to it to finish it off.
5. When Your Entryway has to be Functional
Maybe you don’t have a separate mudroom, or you’re without an entryway closet. Sometimes your front entry has to serve a functional purpose in addition to an inviting check-in point for guests. Add a bit of stylish practicality like some classy coat racks so everything has a space for its place. Here are some easy DIY instructions to make your own shelf coat rack.
Hopefully you’ve found some of these tips helpful and inspirational. We’re always interested in your own DIY tips and projects, so let us know what you’ve been working on. To find an Inteplast Moulding dealer in your area, visit our dealer locator here.
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!
There is no other time of the year that inspires me to spruce up the exterior of my house than spring. And here are limitless, inexpensive things you can do that can dramatically change your home’s curb appeal. You don’t have to be considering putting your house on the market to do these small improvements. No different than changing your bedroom comforter to a crisp white in Spring to give your attitude a boost, adding curb appeal makes your house inviting to visitors, and creates a pleasing, uplifting space for you and your family. Here are some updates to consider for your own curb appeal.
When my kids were young and still at home, one of our favorite springtime activities to do together was taking a trip to our local nursery and picking out flowers and plants to spruce up the front yard. Small landscaping projects like this are a great way to showcase your yard’s best features and hide its not-so-good ones. To keep your yard looking great all the way through the fall, plant a combination of plants that flower throughout the seasons so you’ll always have something blooming.
Obviously it’s out of most of our budgets to change the exterior color of our houses every spring to fit our mood, but if you’ve got peeling or chipped paint, now is a good time to repaint and boost your curb appeal all at once. Check out the spring and summer paint color pallets at your local paint or home improvement store to get some ideas on color schemes. Whether you’re into classic, historic, or bright colors, you’ll be amazed at the significant difference a change of color can make.
Think about how much of an aesthetic impact moulding and trim can add to the interior of your house, and multiply that impact by ten for the exterior of your house. Inteplast Building Products has a broad range of PVC millwork trim products that includes base trim, crown molding, door jambs, window casings, corner board, starter board, J-channel and window surrounds, all with the visual appeal of wood without the natural flaws. All of their millwork products give you design flexibility to create custom architectural elements like arches and curves. And because they are pure PVC inside and out, you don’t have to worry about rot, warp, splintering, or cracking.
Don’t forget about the small stuff like brightly colored flower pots, outside cushions for your patio furniture or rocking chairs, and rugs for your front porch. Bright pops of color will tie the whole scene together and give passersby a curb to envy. All of the home improvement stores have sales on everything to make your outdoor area more beautiful, check out the Home Depot, Lowe’s and Menards websites for inspiration.
You are now free to sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of your spring and summer!
Stay crafty and have fun!
You pass them on your evening walks, you drive by them on your way to work, and you wave to neighbors perched on them after dinner. A front porch is a recognizable architectural staple for most American homes. But have you ever really given much thought to the social significance of a front porch?
Once a necessity, before the invention of air conditioning, front porches were the heart of family and neighbor gatherings where everything from decision making, front porch storytelling, political debating, visitor greeting, harmless gossiping, and chair rocking took place. But alas, with the advent of air conditioning, noisy automobiles passing by, and television sets, Americans abandoned their front porches and moved the conversation inside to the living room.
Well folks, it’s time to reconsider the front porch. Porches add space to a place, as well as preserve the architectural integrity of a house. Most importantly, front porches bridge your personal world with the world outside and give your guests a sneak peek of what they might expect to find in your home, your life, and in your style.
When kids are small, the front porch is the space where muddy shoes, baseball bats, and bikes are dropped casually before they go into the house. Once the kids are grown and out of the house, you can put some time and effort into making your front porch a focal point of the house. Starting with the floor boards.
Inteplast Building Products Porch materials provide the beautiful look of natural wood without the splinters, slips, scratches, and stains. Inteplast Building Products Porches are available in two color collections – Variegated Color and Solid Color – both with reversible finishes in oak or straight grain textures, all with signature benefits of reliable performance, durability, and beauty. Each board has a built-in scratch and stain protection with our 4 sides cap stock.
In addition, the rich, earthy tones complement any outdoor setting, and offer unmatched weather resistance and long-term performance. Inteplast’s built-in color protection technology, ColorTUF™, protects your porch from fading under powerful UV rays. Just visit our retailer search at http://www.inteplastbuild.com/retailer-search.html to find where you can buy our porch products.
And don’t forget about the back porch. Whether overlooking swimming pools or hosting outdoor barbeques, back porches serve as a private sanctuary, an extended outdoor family room or an al-fresco dining area, or both.
Remember, a porch is like a welcome mat that meets the street. It can be solely decorative, a respite for reading, or a place to enjoy a glass of wine after dinner. Why, a house without a porch is just blah!
I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading!
Hello all, it’s Andrea again, with some ideas on creating a memorable mudroom. When you think of the most well-appointed room in your house, chances are, your family’s mudroom probably is not it. In fact, many mudrooms are an afterthought during the house design process, and certainly when it comes to styling and decorating, it’s the last room to get attention. But just because it’s the worker bee room in the house doesn’t mean it can’t be practical and charming.
One of the first things you can do to make a mudroom functional (and beautiful) is to install easy to clean pre-finished PVC wainscoting to the wall. That way when kids, husbands, or very wet dogs come in through the mudroom and shake and shed wet clothing or fur, cleanup is a snap with soap and water. It’s like it was made for mudrooms: it resists moisture, comes in a variety of colors, installs quicker than traditional wood, and won’t mushroom at the surface when nailed. You can find Inteplast Building Products wainscoting at your local building supply stores like Home Depot.
Another fabulously easy design element with stunning results is decorative moulding and trim around windows, doors, ceilings, and floors in your mudroom. You can carry over the same style as adjoining or nearby rooms into the mudroom so it doesn’t have that neglected look. Of course, you probably don’t want to use ornate moulding profiles that might be in your dining room, but you can easily incorporate style with Inteplast’s pre-finished chair rail, window casing, base board, shoe moulding, and quarter round. Moulding and trim is like the perfect accessory that completes the look.
To round out your mudroom, obviously you need a low-maintenance entry. If you don’t already have a durable flooring surface like tile, laminate, or cement, make sure you include an indoor/outdoor mat to protect your floor. Also, storage is a must for mudrooms as well. Decorative hooks are perfect for hanging up outwear, dog leashes, umbrellas, car keys, etc. For items you don’t necessarily want to be cluttering up the room like rain boots, hats, etc., benches with hidden storage are a great solution for tucking those things away. Since the mudroom will see a lot of water, and well, mud, you may want to consider outfitting your mudroom with a bench or storage bin made of durable, moisture-resistance composite decking material. Inteplast Building Products Deck comes in a variety of naturally-colored streaking and solid color wood grain options to complement any décor.
The best thing about all of these suggestions…they’re 100% DIYable for just about everybody. For those of you out there who’ve created your own spectacular mudroom makeover, please share your pics and ideas! Check out our Pinterest page for more laundry room and mudroom ideas.
Thank for reading!
If you’re like me, and you live in an older ranch style house, or as I like to refer to it, vintage, you know it was designed and built with minimal exterior and interior aesthetics to reflect a casual lifestyle. Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a modern makeover. And one of the simplest, most inexpensive ways I’ve found to do that is by adding or updating the existing moulding. I’ve seen first-hand the way crown moulding can add drama to any room just by filling in that plain drab line between your walls and ceilings. I’ve finally gotten around to adding crown moulding to every room in my house. My next project is updating the dark moulding around the doors in all the rooms with modern, white profiles for a crisp, finished look.
What makes updating moulding around your doors easy to do yourself is the pre-finished door trim kits you can purchase at Lowe’s. With just a few basic woodworking tools and some old-fashioned elbow grease, you can trim a door in a few hours. Here are some DIY instructions to get you motivated.
The kit I used comes with Fluted Casing and two Corner Blocks. The Premium kit comes with two additional Plinth Blocks to give the frame a solid base look. Each kit is easy to install and requires no miter-cuts.
The aesthetic value of adding moulding to doors goes way beyond just hiding door jamb seams, it adds beauty and more character to your home. Next up, my windows! I’ve got some outdated moulding around those too. As you can see in this picture, you can frame picturesque views and play off natural light just by adding interesting moulding detail to any window in your house.
So, my fellow DIYers out there who’ve taken your ranch homes from ho-hum simple, to oh-my-wow, send in your pictures, or share your own ranch renovation strategies with us.
A foyer is a good place for a gallery of pictures, artwork and other interesting things. There are some great examples of walls in a foyer that are done very well. I personally love the combination of pictures of family, places you have been, some interesting art (that you may have picked up in a place you have been) and something unusual.
There are several places where you can print out your social media pictures. The options range from expensive to really inexpensive (Walgreens Square Prints) to a little more expensive. I also like the option to print them to canvas, have you tried using CanvasPop for anything? I love them! If you want your images to have a little more presence check them out and get them printed on canvas.
I was looking for inspiration for the wall right next to my front door right around the time I started this blog. I live in an older ranch home and if you come through the door you walk right into the living room. Estate sales have been my friend when it comes to making it feel more welcoming. I found a small-ish table that isn’t very deep that sits there but I haven’t added any art above it yet. You can see the photo feature wall project I’m going to do at the top of my blog page, here’s the whole picture:
The way that pictures are featured on the wall make them an eye-catcher. I’m not a fan of the color of the moulding but I know I can find other prefinished moulding in different colors at Lowe’s or Home Depot. I can find some smaller less expensive frames at Michael’s (because they always have a sale) or even a dollar store (I look for frames that have a unique shape that I can paint). Along with that I will need a little casing or base, some type of flat moulding to create the squares, a level and definitely a measuring tape and I will be on my way. As soon as the project is complete I will be sure to post a picture and the steps I took to do it. I’m off to decide which images I want to print to put on the wall.
If you have worked on a feature wall for your entryway I would love to see it. Have a great weekend!