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.
I can’t tell you how many times a week I have to tell my kids to stop watching YouTube videos, put down the iPad and Smartphones, and do their homework; although I’m quite sure they can tell you (they’re probably keeping score on some app). So, surprisingly, I’m going to recommend that YOU go checkout Inteplast Building Products’ YouTube channel where you’ll find amazingly creative projects, practical tips, and DIY resources to help inspire your own unique home renovation or design endeavors, like their popular video on using PVC beadboard and moulding to makeover a lackluster laundry room. And, each one of their videos gives you installation instructions and material lists to make your project a smooth and easy one.
If you are a flea market buff like I am, and have an eye for scoping out outdated pieces of furniture and turning them into fun, functional, works of art, then you’ll want to check out this video on dressing up furniture with moulding. Another great find at flea markets or yard sales are old mirrors. We even have a video on how to frame out a plain mirror with prefinished moulding from Inteplast.
One of the quickest ways to make a dramatic visual impact on a room is with finishing details like adding decorative moulding trim to doors, and even windows. Inteplast Building Products offers easy-to-install door trim kits, along with this online installation video. As you’ll see when you watch the video, hosts Molly and Joe talk about the two different door trim kit options that Inteplast offers. They come in a fluted casing kit and a 356 casing kit. Each one has both a standard and a premium kit. The standard kit comes with the blocks at the top, and the premium kit has blocks at the top and plinth blocks at the bottom to give your door trim a solid look at the base. What makes this project so easy for even the most beginner DIYer is that everything you need comes in the kit, and it’s all prefinished and ready to use. AND only straight cuts are needed, so forget about those miter cuts.
For the more advanced DIY experts, you can find videos on installing Inteplast’s hidden fastening deck systems, deck preparation video, and deck fascia installation. These are just some of the great video tutorials you can find on the Inteplast YouTube channel.
I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!
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)
So far I’ve done a decent job of sticking to my no-clutter-keep-it-clean philosophy for the New Year, right down to my laundry room. In 2015, I likened my laundry room to that of a junk drawer – you know, that catch-all drawer, usually in the kitchen, that becomes home to miscellaneous objects, left-over parts, and bits of who knows what. Well, that’s what our laundry room was like; the place where everybody hides things they don’t know what to do with. I guess the assumption is, company doesn’t go in there, so who cares. Well, in 2016, no more junk room. In fact, I’m making the laundry room so neat and clean, it’s almost Zen-like.
For those of you who regularly read my blog, you know I like clean lines, bright whites or neutrals, and an overall minimalist aesthetic. That’s what drew me to this design idea I found when doing a search for laundry rooms. And of course, anything that involves decorative moulding and beadboard, I’m all over it. PVC beadboard is the perfect wall finish for a laundry room because it’s easy to wipe up liquids, detergents, and other cleaning products that can get splashed on the walls when you’re doing laundry, with just a soapy sponge. That’s the beauty of using PVC prefinished beadboard and trim – easy cleanup and no painting.
This really is a quick, easy, DIY project you can do in a weekend, and it’ll take your laundry room from junk to jewel in no time. In this project, they covered the lower half of the wall using Inteplast Group Building Products PVC beadboard planks cut into 4’ tall sections, finished with a trim board and cap. Everything you need for the project can be found at Home Depot. Watch the video tutorial to see how easy it is (and if you want written instructions you can check out the PDF version).
Once you make-over your laundry room wall with PVC beadboard and trim and see how quick, easy, and beautiful the results are you’ll be covering walls in every room of your house! Let me know what DIY masterpieces you’re creating in your laundry room. Also, don’t forget to visit us on Pinterest, we have a Laundry Room board with inspirational rooms and project ideas.