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.
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.
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!
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)
Hi again my fellow DIY gurus. Last weekend I hit my building products restore early in the morning, stalking the folks donating and unloading their unwanted goodies in search for a large mirror. I was hoping to find one unframed because, you know me, I want to frame it myself. I have a large bare wall in a recently remodeled guest room that was just begging for some pizazz. And, as luck would have it, I didn’t have to wait too long before a mirror was dropped off.
If you’ve ever wanted to tackle framing a mirror on your own, Inteplast Building Products pre-finished decorative moulding is your best tool to do it. And the best part is, you can do it 30 minutes. All you need 1.5” finishing nails, contractor’s adhesive, color-matched painter’s putty, and of course, Inteplast’s pre-finished moulding of your choice, which you can buy from Home Depot, Lowes, and now, Houzz.com. Check out this how-to-video for instructions:
For more fun projects, and to view more videos, visit the Inteplast Building Products channel on YouTube.
It’s a no-brainer to repaint your walls if you want to freshen up a room, but repainting takes time and let’s face it, it’s not really fun. One of the best ways I know to give new life to a room is to add artwork or décor to your walls (not to mention, it’s easier on the wallet, especially if you make the art and decor yourself). A few weeks ago I walked past a boring wall lamp hanging on my living room wall and decided it needed “something” to make it obvious that it was part of the décor in the room. So I found this idea where the homeowner turned a wall lamp into a lighted picture collection.
It looks like they used prefinished moulding that you can buy at any building supply store like Lowes or Home Depot, and applied it directly to the walls. They framed out 9 individual openings for pictures, and then framed the light fixture in the middle. There are so many moulding profiles to choose from to fit any décor or style. This looks like such an easy weekend project and makes like light fixture a focal point of the room. And I love that the lighting adds dramatic effect to the photographs.
Another way I’ve found to quickly update boring walls is to frame mirrors and hang them like a piece of artwork. Framing mirrors gives them new life and adds visual interest to your walls. I framed this mirror with some prefinished, lightweight moulding, which is less expensive than taking it to a framing store. And it only took me about thirty minutes! Here’s all you need to make it, and everything you need can be found at Lowe’s:
First, choose the moulding that works best for the size of mirror you’ll be framing. A large mirror might look best with a wide-base moulding, while a smaller mirror might be best with a casing material. Choose a color that works well with your room and provides a nice accent to the mirror.
Get enough moulding material to ensure you have full pieces for each length you’ll need for the mirror.
And you’re done! Once you frame one mirror and see how easy it is, you’ll be buying old mirrors at flea markets and garage sales and framing them and hanging them all over your house!
The kids are back in school and you know what that means…little original masterpieces of paintings, sketches, or collages to exhibit around your house. While putting the artwork on the fridge is a great way to show off your little Picasso’s talent, how about honoring his or her efforts with a museum-worthy frame on the wall.
When it comes to frames, there are so many options out there. But you can make your own gallery-inspired frames using prefinished moulding that you can find at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I love the prefinished moulding because it’s so easy to wipe clean and dust, and it’s already stained or painted. Here’s all you need to make these frames:
You can use this same plan to make a shadow box frame just by using a wider piece of wood stock, so you can show off trophies and awards with a 3-D effect.
What’s cool about this idea is that you just hang the moulding frame right on the wall – forget about adding the glass. I love being able to switch out the kid’s artwork as they create something new, so this option makes it so easy to just insert a new piece of art in front of the old artwork without having to take down the frame each time (it doubles as a storage place for those priceless drawings!).
I also love going to flea markets to find vintage frames. They’re so ornate and full of character and charm. There’s something distinctive about marrying the old with a modern photo or piece of artwork. Here are some frames I’ve collected from flea markets and yard sales throughout the year. Recently, I decided to give them all the same splash of teal, a fun opportunity to let the kids help paint.
If you really want to make grand statement, DIY with style and make your own vintage-inspired frame by layering crown moulding and baseboard trim that again, you can find at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Just use the same plans as above.
OK fellow DIYers, inspire us with your ideas! I would love to see how you showcase your budding artist’s masterpieces. And don’t just think about decorating your own home with your kid’s art. The holidays are coming up, and what better present for grandma than a one-of-kind original in a beautiful frame!