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.
I’ve noticed that a big trend in kitchen design these days is open shelving and cabinetry. Some cabinets have no doors, and some have glass door panels. Some folks are opting out of cabinets all together and going with open, easily accessible shelving. Either way, all of your glassware, dishes, plates, and bowls are visible. I personally like this design style, although I’m not sure I have enough matching dishes to openly show, but in theory, I love the idea.
The concept of displaying some pieces of glassware that you want to show off for an aesthetic element is very doable with some crown moulding shelves or ledges. If you have a bare wall in the kitchen, instead of adding a painting or another piece of wall art, add some shelving and display some colorful coffee mugs and saucers like they did in this image. What I really love about using crown moulding for shelving is the variety of profiles to match any style. Not to mention, you can buy it prefinished in a multitude of colors at any home building store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. These shelves don’t have to be for glasses or mugs or plates. You can display anything of interest – candle votives, decorative jars, or small canisters.
In addition to making a design statement in the kitchen, ledges and shelves made out of prefinished moulding are perfect for organizing, decluttering, and showing off collectibles in other rooms. My husband, a musician, collects vintage metronomes. Currently, he has about seven of them hidden away in plastic storage beds in a closet. They’re too pretty not to be displayed. We’ve been thinking lately about how to show them off without creating clutter. Last week, while looking for some ideas, I found this great picture of moulding ledges holding die-cast metal cars. Though the shelves in this picture are too narrow for the metronomes, it’s a wonderful idea that could easily be scaled to fit the project.
This just goes to show you that picture ledges aren’t just for pictures. I used decorative moulding shelves in my own craft room as well. They’re perfect for holding ribbons, beads, paint, anything you want, and it helps keep my room organized, and not to mention stylish with clean lines. However, keep in mind, when you bare it all on your walls, you have to be vigilant about keeping things tidy. I’m still working on that!
I’d love to see your decorative moulding shelves! It’s such an easy DIY weekend project, perfect for these cold upcoming winter days. Check out my other DIY weekend projects on Pinterest.
The first office space I ever had was dubbed “the fish bowl” by my coworkers. The walls were literally glass from floor to ceiling and it doubled as the marking material-filing room-supply closet. I had a small, boring desk in the middle of the room with no way to personalize it (not to mention no privacy with people constantly coming and going for brochures, staples, and toilet paper). Fast forward to now when I’ve graduated from entry level to work-at-home professional with a home office of my own. However, I can’t say over the years I’ve put much effort into my own office space. So recently, I’ve decided to make it a priority.
I’ve been looking at a lot of design ideas on Pinterest and HGTV. I’m not entirely sure which direction I want to go, but there is one detail I know I will add for sure. Decorative moulding and trim. To me, there is nothing that says sophistication and elegance like adding decorative trim details to ceilings, floors, walls, and windows. It’s like the perfect piece of jewelry for your room – that final accessory that brings everything together. Not only does it diminish the gaps between walls and ceilings and walls and floors, but you can make amazing, unique custom details on walls, like the ones in this photo.
I love the “picture framing” elements they created by attaching strips of moulding to look like raised panels. It looks like high-end wainscoting but without the high-end price. Moulding can literally change a square room into a grown-up, sophisticated place of business.
My DIY wheels are already turning. This would be such an easy project for me; all I need is some narrow pre-finished moulding from Lowe’s or Home Depot and some spare time! Probably the most difficult part would be keeping the size and spacing of each frame straight and uniform.
At first I wasn’t sure if I was in love with the natural wood look of the trim and moulding. I typically like the pure, stark white look, but I have to admit, the more I look at this photo, the more the natural wood is growing on me. I would definitely go in a different direction for paint color. This dark blue, combined with the wood trim and the dark furniture, is more of a masculine look, but it’s certainly giving me some ideas I can work with.
For those DIYers out there who’ve tackled their own home office space, please share your ideas! I’d love to see how you marry the styles of femininity and power player without over-the-top girly. I think that’s the look I’m going for.