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.
If yours is anything like mine, the kitchen is the social-hub of the house; especially the kitchen island. It’s that inviting space where we all gather around over a glass of wine and make plans, laugh at each other’s stories, and talk about our days—or in our case weeks since I don’t get to see my kids as often as I used too—while sharing the common task of preparing dinner. And there is no more special time to be in the kitchen together than the holidays.
Every year we host family and friends for Christmas dinner. While some folks get stressed out at the thought, I absolutely love entertaining and sharing my kitchen space with crowds of people. Of course, a couple of years ago that wasn’t the case when we moved into a new house that had an outdated kitchen island. I won’t go so far as to say it was hideous, but it was just plain boring—very similar to this island below. You know what I’m talking about—early 90’s, light stain, white laminate countertop, no character. So with just days to spare, and some prefinished moulding and wainscot from Inteplast Building Products, you can quickly and easily handle a kitchen island makeover before the family ascends.
Using prefinished, Crystal White moulding, which can be painted any color you wish using an interior latex paint, and some PVC wainscot, which can also be painted with acrylic or urethane-based latex exterior or interior paint, you can painlessly transform your kitchen island into a holiday show stopper. Here are the numbers key notes to help you visualize how easy this makeover is.
1 – 292 Cap in Crystal White
2 – PVC Wainscot
3 – 620 Base in Crystal White
4 – 107 Quarter Round in Crystal White
Kitchen Island transformations are such an inexpensive, easy makeover that can simply add charm and character to your kitchen. There are some really great seasoned DIYers out there on the web who’ve done some amazing island transformations. Check out Shaunna’s kitchen island makeover at Tempting Thyme blog as she goes through the process.
One of my inspirational go-to sites is Houzz.com. I can spend hours on there before I start any project. They have a ton of photos and suggestions for kitchen island makeovers here.
For those DIYers out there who like to think outside of the box, you can’t forget Pinterest. Check out these DIY island gems.
Well, happy islanding and happy Holidays. I’m Jen, thanks for reading!
Hello again, Martin here. The outside temperatures may be unseasonably warm, but that’s not going to defer the holiday entertaining schedule that’s about to get real. My family, my girlfriend’s family, and my friends and neighbors are big into get-togethers during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, which translates into lots of great feasts and lots of amazing wines and spirits. This time of year, wine is the perfect hostess and holiday gift. But with all of those brand new shiny bottles collecting on your countertops as your guests bring them in; it’d be nice to have extra storage that also let you show them off. Well, have I got a project for you. Not only is this PVC wine rack a perfect gift idea, if you’re an entertainer who likes to serve wine, it’s one of those projects you’ll want to make and keep for yourself.
This is wine rack is so easy to make, here’s all you need to do:
Gather these materials:
First, if I don’t have all of the materials I need, I head out to my local building supply store. You can buy Inteplast Building Products PVC trim at your local Home Depot, or you can check out this retail locator from Inteplast Building Products to find a retailer in your area.
Next, I make four marks, every 10” on the 1 x 4 PVC trim board. Then, on the table saw, I make miter cuts (45 degrees) at every 10” mark.
Once I have the four pieces cut of the PVC trim cut, which will become the wine bottle holders, I roughly line them up to make sure they fit together. This also helps me determine the size of the backer board. Now, I’ll cut the 1 x 10 PVC trim board to 29” long and 9-1/2” wide.
All of my pieces are cut and ready for assembly. I’ll first mark where the bottle holes will be drilled. Starting 2” from the end, I’ll mark the center for the first hole, and then from the center of the first hole, I’ll measure over 3-3/4” for the center of the second hole. I’ll need to repeat this for each of the other three pieces. Check out the diagram at the end of this post for more detail.
Next, apply PVC cement on the edges of each bottle holder, and press them in place on the backer trim board.
After you’ve applied the PVC cement, wait about 3 minutes until it’s dry, and then flip it over and permanently attach with 1-1/2” screws, starting at the edge. Apply three screws for each PVC bottle holder trim piece. Start from the sides and use a straight edge as a guide for the middle screws.
Now you’re ready to hang it on the wall. Using a stud finder, locate the stud. Mount the rack with a screw on the top and one on the bottom, 1” from each edge. Make sure you are going into a stud, you don’t want your wine collection to end up on the floor!
That’s it! Your finished project can hold up to 8 bottles of wine.
Once you’ve got all of your materials and tools gathered, this project shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two tops! Hope you make out ok with the project, and as always, I’m ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Hi, Martin here. I recently helped a friend finish a laundry room with PVC beadboard, and I realized how this may be the perfect accessory product on the market. I kind of think of it as the ‘new’ wallpaper. Got a problem wall with blemishes or damaged drywall? I know how difficult it is to get a badly scarred wall smooth enough for paint after taking wallpaper down. Applying PVC beadboard, also called planking, is easy, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing without sanding, spackling, re-sanding, re-spackling…. Maybe the best reason to use PVC beadboard is it’s easy to clean and resists moisture, which makes it ideal for laundry and mudrooms. This is an easy weekend project to tackle using Inteplast Building Products PVC beadboard. I found the laundry room build out project information on Inteplast’s YouTube Channel. Check it out here. Also, here are the step-by-step instructions.
Materials you’ll need:
The PVC Planking is perfect for a laundry room because it wipes clean with just a soapy sponge. It comes in 8’ long planks. If you are only doing half of your wall you can easily cut the planks into 4’ sections. With the trim board and cap, the wall will be a little over 4‘ tall.
Measure out how much material you’ll need. Remember, if you are only covering part of your wall, each 8’ section of planking will yield two pieces.
Cut out holes for the plumbing and electrical outlets and apply the planking with finishing nails and PVC Cement. The planks have a tongue-and-groove feature, so it’s easy to lock them together for a smooth join.
To finish off the beadboard install PVC cap to the top edge of the installed planking with finishing nails and PVC cement. Attach the PVC trimboard and quarter round with stainless steel finishing nails and PVC cement. Reinstall the plumbing and electrical trim.
You’re done! The next time you spill something on the walls in the laundry room, just wipe it off with soap and water.
PVC beadboard is that singular product that you can use to create aesthetic details beyond just a coat of paint. Think kitchen island and countertop backsplash. Think bathtub surrounds and cabinet door cladding. Think floor-to-ceiling basement walls or ceilings themselves. PVC beadboard is perfect for subfloor basements because it resists mold and mildew.
If you’re looking for PVC beadboard in your area, check out Inteplast Building Products retail locator tool. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
In honor of National Puppy Day this week, here’s a Harley throwback pic of his puppy days!
Martin (and Harley)
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday celebrating with family and friends, or enjoying some quiet alone time (I know I’d like some of that right now). Moving about in my kitchen this holiday, cooking and mingling with friends and family, I was reminded how dysfunctional my kitchen really is. Back in December I talked about open shelving and cabinetry in modern kitchen designs, which is the perfect segue right into a kitchen makeover and a plea for design inspiration!
While searching through my usual online inspiration haunts – Houzz.com, Pinterest, and Coastal Living, I found lots of ideas that incorporated the open shelving design elements that I’m in love with. This image combines opening shelves, but also cabinets with glass doors so you can still show off your favorite glassware, but this keeps it dust-free.
Something else that just jumps out at me from this image is the natural wood moulding at the ceiling, windows, and baseboards against the contrast of the bright white ceiling and the blue walls. It’s striking and inviting. I’m not sure if I like the blue paint color here, but another shade of blue would look just as great. My family spends a lot of time in the kitchen – it often serves as my office, our eating place, and our meeting space. We use this room 80 percent of the time compared to the other rooms in our house so we want it to be light and airy with excellent traffic flow (something I realized this past holiday season that my kitchen lacks). I’m particularly drawn to the natural moulding paired with the light wood floors, which makes it seem larger. The moulding also ties in perfectly with the brown and taupe in the backsplash.
So even if I can’t tackle an entire kitchen makeover with the open shelves and glass cabinet doors all at once, I know the first place I can start for a refreshing update is decorative moulding. I already have baseboards in my kitchen, but in a weekend I can hit my local building supply stores – Lowe’s or Menards, and add the ceiling moulding and then update the door and window moulding in a matching color.
I figure I have a few months to make my kitchen a little more functional before the next family holiday feast, so please share with me your kitchen make over ideas. And feel free to check out the kitchen ideas I find and share on Pinterest.