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.
Social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram are loaded with eye-catching imagery and dynamic videos, but they’re also idea-driven, as is Twitter. That makes all four platforms the perfect tools for finding and sharing interior and exterior home design inspirations, tips, and advice. In fact, social media is an important part of a design or product manufacturer’s marketing strategy because they know that’s where today’s consumers get much of their information. Here are some ways you can use the different social media platforms to help you find your own design inspiration.
There are currently over 2.13 billion monthly active Facebook users. That is a lot of people— individuals and brands—sharing information. And that includes interior designers, stylists, and product manufacturers and retailers who showcase their work on Facebook for all to see. Because of their visually-driven content, company pages like Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Remodelaholic, Coastal Living, and House Beautiful, have huge Facebook followings.
And don’t forget about Facebook’s Recommendation feature. It’s not just a useful tool for getting tips for great restaurants or home repair services from your pals. Ask your friends for advice on their favorite design websites and facebook pages, but also design and style magazines. Because sometimes there is nothing like having a beautiful glossy image in your hands.
There are over 50 billion Pinterest Pins right now. And two-thirds of those pins represent brands and products. Pinterest is perfect for sharing visual content. You can search for categories like interior design and design trends. You can even be more specific like Feng Sui design ideas, or dining room update ideas. Just like on Facebook, you can follow fellow pinners whom you have a design kinship with. Inteplast Building Products has several boards to find inspiration from like, reclaimed wood wall ideas, deck-orating your deck, and home office ideas.
Instagram is an app made specifically for sharing photos and videos from a smartphone. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, users create an account with a profile and news feed. And with 300 million active Instagrammers each day, there’s a lot of sharing going on. Whether it’s a designer sharing photos of completed projects, or your best friend snapping a pic of a vintage sofa from a flea market, the image-driven platform is an unlimited source of design inspiration. Like all other social media sites, you can follow other Instagrammers too. Houseology lists some of these designers as their Instagram faves: Candy Pop, These Four Walls, and Mad About the House.
Twitter may seem like the odd-man-out here because it’s not really image-driven. But it’s the perfect platform to connect with interior designers, bloggers, and product manufacturers and retailers, as well as follow design trends.
There are design inspirations abound online. But don’t forget that social media is a tool to drive traffic to websites too. And most media-savvy designers and product manufacturers and retailers have mobile-friendly sites that offer even more content with inspiration galleries and visualization tools.
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!
When I was a kid my parents took me on a trip to Graceland—Elvis’s mansion in Memphis, Tennessee for those who live under a rock. I have to admit, I had no idea who Elvis was at the time, but when I got there and saw the shag green carpet on the walls, I became a fan. I begged my parents for months after that visit to let me put carpet on my walls. They said NO. Now as an adult, my tastes have evolved. So when a friend wanted my advice on creating an accent wall (she was unaware of the carpet request or she probably wouldn’t have asked for my opinion), I told her about Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products, available at Lowe’s. They’re inspired by the weathered look of reclaimed wood, but they’re made from PVC so no splinters or bugs to worry about. They are easy to install, moisture resistant, and completely removable. I offered to help my friend install the planks, but she said, “no way, I got this.” Here is how easy it is to do yourself.
First, figure out how many Accent Planks you’ll need. Measure the height and width of the wall to calculate the required square footage. Each kit of planks covers 15 square feet. Remember to acclimate the planks to your room temperature at least 24 hours before you install them.
Next, wipe down the wall you want to install the planks using isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Don’t use general household cleaners because they can be too harsh. If you recently painted the wall, make sure you wait seven days before installing the Accent Planks.
Now comes the fun part. Figuring out the pattern orientation. These Accent Planks are versatile and you can run them horizontal, vertical, or even a herringbone pattern. It’s a good idea to map out an area on the floor the same size as the wall you’ll be covering and arrange the planks to determine the balance of color and pattern before you install them. There aren’t any rules: you can run the grain patterns in the same direction, or opposite direction.
Once you have the layout arranged, it’s time to cut your planks to make them fit. The cool thing about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is they can be trimmed using a chop saw, a table saw, or a fine tooth miter box saw. No special tools needed.
Then, at the top of the wall where you plan to start your planks, use a level and a pencil and draw a line on the wall to use as a guide for your starter row of planks.
Oh, I forgot to mention…no hammer or nails needed. Inteplast’s Accent Planks are installed using Command® Picture Hanging Strips from 3M®—which are included with each kit. You can however use construction adhesive or finishing nails if you want the planks to be permanent.
Place adjoining planks at varying lengths leaving a 1/32” gap between planks to allow for expansion. Continue until the first row is complete. Offset the second row 6-12” or as desired to achieve an appropriate design. Repeat until the wall is covered.
And if you thought it couldn’t get any easier, check this out. Inteplast’s Accent Planks are completely removable. So if you get a plank crooked during installation, or you don’t like the color plank you just placed, just remove it and replace it.
Carefully lift the bottom of the plank, pull it up and away to expose the Command® fasteners. Don’t pull the planks straight off because it can damage your wall. Adjust the plank ore replace, then push the plank back onto the fasteners and push at each strip until you hear a click.
To completely remove the strip, grip the tab and slowly stretch the strip straight down against the wall until it releases, about 12 inches. Don’t pull the strip towards you.
That’s it! A quick and easy do-it-in-a-weekend project.
Inteplast’s Accent Planks are practically maintenance-free. The PVC substrate means they’re water resistant, which makes them a great product for high-moisture areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. For occasional cleaning, just use a mild soap solution on a damp cloth and wipe dry.
These Accent Planks are a great option to transform regular walls into conversation pieces. Not that green shag carpet wouldn’t be a conversation starter, but this option is a little more practical. Thanks for reading, and always, I’m here if you want to talk shop.
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.
Hello my fellow DIY friends, Andrea here with you this week. This fall project is sooooo easy, you’re gonna say: ”This can’t be all there is to it.” Well, it really is that simple. In fact, you can start on it five minutes before Thanksgiving guests arrive and still have it done in time to cook the Turkey. I wouldn’t recommend waiting until then to do it. But you could if you wanted to.
Last month I tackled a weathered wood-look headboard using Inteplast Accent Planks that I purchased from Lowe’s. I had some planks left over so I decided to do a quick fall décor project. I have a couple more planks left over, so stay tuned for an easy-peasy Christmas-themed project idea coming up next month. So, without further ado…ta-dah, here it is!
Now, I have a Cricut (pronounced cricket, yep, like the insect) die cut machine so I created all of the die cuts. But you can just as easily do this with some wall decals that you can find online in shops like Etsy. Here is a link to decals for the word Thankful , and here is a link to fall leaves decals. Just make sure the size of the decals fit your accent plank, or planks if you use more than one.
For this project, I used an accent plank in Sierra Brown, but there are several other color options to choose from: Reclaimed White, River Grey, and Whitewashed Pine. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit that includes 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White.
One of the best things about these Accent Planks from Lowe’s is that you hang them using Command™ Strips from 3M. That means there is no damage to the wall or the plank when you take it down at the end of the season. Also, if you don’t like where you put it, you can take it down and rehang it somewhere else.
So, here’s all the materials you need:
Then, lay the decals out on the board and determine where you want to place them.
Then, you peel off the backing and apply the decals to the board. Once your lettering and leaves are in place, apply the CommandTM Strips from 3M and hang the sign on the wall.
I promise you, there are no hidden steps that you’ve missed. I told you it was easy. I wish you all the fun and joy of trying this project for yourself. It’s definitely one of those that you can let the kids do as well. See how creative you can get for the holidays. Thanks for reading!
Accent walls are all the rage right now. That makes me smile because I do love an accent wall. But don’t give me a can of paint and a roller. Sure, painting is an inexpensive way to highlight a wall but the impact could be much more dramatic with some textured materials in a unique pattern. If you want to add some visual KAPOW to your walls, experiement with patterns and materials. You could use brick, stone veneers, or wood planks to break up a boring room, but they’re heavy, messy, and require a lot of tools. I’ve found that Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks in a weathered wood-look from Lowe’s are the perfect material because they’re beautiful, easy to install, and a friend of the wallet. And they’re so versatile you can experiment with different patterns to really reflect your style. Let’s explore four patterns here.
OK, so it’s been done. You lay your planks left to right, like the horizon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it great. One of the cool things about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is their multicolor kit. The kit covers 15 sq ft and includes 10 planks – 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White. By alternating the three different colors, you can create an inspiring horizontal pattern the likes of which no one has seen!
Now, we’re getting a little edgier. Vertical patterns, where you lay your planks top to bottom, maybe aren’t as common on the walls as they are floors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. In fact, I dare you!
Want to get even crazier? Try a herringbone pattern. This pattern is named after its resemblance to fish bones. Think Herring fish. This design might look intimidating, but what most people don’t know is that it doesn’t involve many complicated cuts—just straight off of a corner at the ceiling or floor. This pattern will be sooooo worth it when you see the final results!
Mix and Match
If you feel you’re ready for the ultimate pattern challenge, why not mix and match a couple of them to create an amazing, one-of-a-kind accent wall? How about a sort-of-herringbone and horizontal plot twist? Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks are so easy to work with and easy to cut, you’re only limitation is your own imagination.
If you’re ready to get started…
Here’s what you need
Here’s what you DON’T need
Because Inteplast’s Accent Planks are completely removable and come finished and ready to install, you don’t need a lot of items that you would if you used other traditional products, like:
Here’s what you do:
First, sketch out your pattern. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist or hire yourself a professional designer. Just rough out what you want it to look like and start from there.
Next, measure your wall. This is where you’ll start to add real-life dimensions to the pattern you sketched.
Now, depending on the pattern you go with, where you start may be different. But for starters, finding the center, using it as your starting point, and working out from there will be the crucial first step for most patterns.
Using a chalk line and/or a level, draw a vertical line and a horizontal line through the center of the wall to give you a visual reference before installing your planks.
What unique patterns can you come up with? We love pictures around here so send them on! As always, thank you for visiting Design Next Door.
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. 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)