Consumers and pros alike are finding the easy workability of polystyrene decorative moulding a game changer over traditional wood moulding products. Whether adding ceiling, wall, floor, or window detail to new construction, or infusing character and charm in a home renovation, polystyrene moulding offers all the beauty of wood without the hassles. Here are 5 reasons to choose polystyrene decorative moulding:
Because it is lightweight, polystyrene decorative moulding installation is a one-person job–and you don’t need to be a professional to do it. Just measure, cut and put into place. It’s easy enough to tackle a room in a weekend.
Installs without nails
Polystyrene moulding can eliminate common frustrations of other substrates because it can be installed with adhesives—though you can still use finishing nails if necessary. Polystyrene moulding is also slightly flexible so they are the perfect solution for imperfect walls that aren’t completely true.
Prefinished, pre-painted or stained, and simple to cut using conventional saws, that’s the big plus of choosing polystyrene decorative moulding over traditional wood moulding. You can skip steps and save both money and time. And these products are moisture resistant, making them an ideal design solution for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms.
You can add contemporary character to every room with polystyrene decorative moulding products. The sleek, clean, and uniform look of every profile and color adds a contemporary vibe with just the right touch of classic when desired.
You’ve got Options
Polystyrene decorative moulding offers a variety of design and architectural options like chair rail, wainscoting, beadboard, batten, and panels. Multiuse options like planking and lattice from Inteplast Building Products help you create comfort, ambiance, and excitement in the smallest of details.
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 everyone, Jennifer her with you on this early fall day. As I’m in the start of having some pre-holiday home improvement projects done, I was thinking: Have you ever watched someone install moulding with a nail gun and wondered if they have ever performed as a contortionist in the circus arts? I’m in awe of the complex maneuvering, limb twisting, and equipment handling they go through to so expertly attach moulding to walls, ceilings, floors, and windows. But if you use Inteplast Building Products prefinished, decorative moulding from Lowe’s, nailing isn’t necessary. It can actually be installed with construction adhesive, unlike most other traditional moulding products, because they’re made from high quality polystyrene which means they’re light weight and flexible. So you don’t get the typical frustrations of installing other substrates—like filling nail holes or nailing upside down. The installation process is so much easier, and it’s as simple as measure, cut, and adhere.
Of course, I’m not the DIY type, so I’m sure I’m making this sound much simpler than it is, but the point is, the installation process is easy to do. The first step of course is to determine the height placement on the wall for chair rails, or ceilings, whatever project you’re working on. Once you’ve determined the measurements, use a level and a pencil to mark a line around the room as a guide for installation.
Inteplast’s polystyrene decorative moulding products don’t require additional saw blades or other tools to cut. You can use the same equipment as traditional wood products. Once you’ve got the dimensions you need, make your cuts.
Apply the contact adhesive to the back of the moulding and to the wall, maintaining at least 1/2" from the edge of the moulding. Let the adhesive air-dry for a few minutes until it gets tacky, and then place the moulding on the wall. Grab your next piece and repeat. Adhesives instead of nails give you a cleaner appearance.
Once the moulding has been installed, you can fill all the joints and splices with caulk if you desire. After installing crown moulding it’s helpful to add a bead of caulk along the ceiling and wall edges to hide any imperfections.
As simple as 1, 2, and 3, here’s what you get:
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Hello again, it’s Andrea here. There’s no better time of the year to talk about Victorian-inspired interiors than the most romantic month of the year! Ornate, color-laden, dreamy, character-driven, charm, and craftsmanship are all words that come to mind when I think of Victorian homes. It’s enough to make me want to flutter a fan while I’m being courted in the parlor and promised a happy-ever-after life.
Another word that comes to mind about Victorian interiors is ostentatious. The flashier the better was the rule so that Victorian families could show off their homes (and wealth). But if you want to add touches of the romantic bygone era with a modern, more minimalist appeal, you can do it tastefully and subtly. Here are some suggestions for keeping it simple but romantic.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: it’s-all-in-the-details. Details often made the Victorian interior. Think fragrant, colorful flowers in every room; carved, upholstered furniture; grandiose knick-knacks in every nook and cranny. You don’t have to go over the top, but you can mix one or two of these elements with modern furniture and décor. Consider adding ornate picture frames or mirrors on one wall. Or add prefinished moulding details to an old piece of furniture. You can even enhance a modern fireplace with an old, decorative mantel you pick up at a flea market.
Victorian-era flooring was often wood or stone with intricate patterns and designs. You don’t have to tear up your floor to get the look. Add Persian rugs instead to capture the same decorative style without the cost (or the mess).
Color-themed rooms were a décor must-do in age-old Victorian homes. And the colors were rich, often dark, and intertwined with floral wall coverings. Consider painting a darker, richer accent wall in a single room and adding craftsman style wainscoting or beadboard to the lower half of the wall to channel your Victorian personality. Check out this previous post on creating your own faux wainscoting using Inteplast Building Products trim and moulding. Or, if you’re feeling brave, do an accent wall with a modern floral wall paper.
Victorian designers spent just as much time on the ceilings as they did the floors and wall. Decorative tin ceiling panels were a favorite trend of the day, as was the use of wide crown moulding. Crown moulding adds drama to any room just by filling in that boring vacant line between your walls and ceilings. And don’t forget the window and door headers as well. You can easily add this spectacular detail with pre-finished moulding you can purchase in-store at Lowe's or online at Houzz.com.
Good luck my fellow DIYers out there who’ve decided to put a little Victorian romance into your homes. Don’t forget to send in your pictures so we can share your masterpieces with our other readers!
Hello, Jennifer here with a fantastic home DIY project for anyone excited for the movie awards season. When my children were young, we had a dedicated media room, which, no surprise, was our favorite room in the house on weekends. My children, especially my son, was a film buff who collected movie posters and DVDs. Of course, those were the days before streaming and Netflix, so as you can imagine, he amassed quite a collection. We had a spare office space that no one used at the time, so we converted it into a media room with a large TV and surround sound system which made us feel as if we were sitting in a theater. To showcase my son’s DVD and poster collection at the time, I had my favorite handyman install floating shelving on all of the walls. He spaced them in different heights and widths to accommodate the varying poster sizes.
Here is some inspiration for creating similar shelves in your own media room. In this first image above, I’m loving the prefinished strips of screen trim moulding that act like a tract system for hanging the shelves. The straight, clean lines make it easier to hang the shelves level on the wall. Here is a link to the online video tutorial for building a shelf with Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding. You can find a PDF of the step by step instructions here. Here’s the materials you’ll need to build a shelf:
The quantities listed are enough to make one shelf, buy more if you are making more than one shelf.
In the image above, the number 1 references the placement of the screen trim moulding. Number 2 references the fluted casing moulding, which is prefinished with grooves to help keep the contents in place on the shelf. Number 3 references the placement of the cove moulding.
In this next image, they also used Inteplast’s prefinished moulding to finish the media console. Number 1 references the base moulding, number 2 references the cap moulding, number 3 references the cove moulding, and number 4 references the screen trim moulding on the wall. You can find Inteplast’s prefinished moulding products at your nearest Lowe’s or you can order online at Home Depot.com and Houzz.com.
Of course my son has a house of his own now, and he’s taken all of his movie memorabilia with him. But I’ve since replaced the posters and DVDs on the shelves with photographs and artwork. My husband and I still gather in the media room for movie night occasionally, but more often than not, it’s become my hide-away to read a good book, uninterrupted.