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!
There is nothing more relaxing than the quiet sound of the New Year after the family has gone, the decorations are down, vacations are over, and it’s back to life as usual before the frenetic holiday festivities. It’s not surprising this time of year to feel restless or even a little down after the holiday break. Don’t despair, it’s a just brief adjustment period. Find things to look forward to; things that will get you out of your rut. How about a bedroom makeover?
The best post-holiday blues blaster is to make some quick renovation fixes or style boosters to your master bedroom. Because it’s not the most visible room in the house to visitors and guests, the master bedroom doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. The truth is, you want your bedroom to be the most splendid, comfy room in the house—a relaxing haven that you look forward to spending the rest of your evening in. And with just two ingredients, it’s not as difficult as you think: paint and faux wainscoting.
You can see the dramatic transformation that a bold wall color can give to an otherwise beige, ho-hum room from the makeover below. Rich, deep colors create a cozy sense of warmth during the winter months.
From the photos you can see the striking detail that faux wainscoting can add to a bedroom. Here are some DIY instructions to help you get a similar look in just a few hours.
Some supplies you may need:
First, determine how tall you want the wainscoting to be and if you’ll cover your entire room or just an accent wall. This will help you determine how much product to buy. I recommend using Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding and trim products in Crystal White so you don’t have to prime and paint each board, which saves a lot of time. If white isn’t your color of choice, they’ve got nearly a dozen wood grains and shades to choose from. And the best part, you can buy them at your local Lowe’s stores or online on Houzz.com.
Once you’ve measured all of your pieces, counting for gaps between baseboard and walls, cut the end of each piece at a 45° angle using a miter saw. Next, lay out the four pieces of moulding for each frame and glue and nail the corners together.
Now you’re ready to attach the frames to the wall using adhesive. You can follow the adhesive with finishing nails if you’d like. You’ll most likely want some help placing, leveling and nailing the frames to the walls to ensure they’re even.
You can fill in the squares with white paint, or a color that matches you wall, or Inteplast’s batten or bead board. To finish up, use caulk or spackling to fill in any gaps or nail holes.
Thanks for reading, and as always, share your inspirational makeover ideas with us!
Happy New Year,
Autumn is truly my most favorite season of the year. Where I focus my decorating and efforts on the exterior during the spring, the interior gets all of my attention in the fall. If it’s time to repaint my walls, I usually wait until the fall so I can select rich, warm colors to keep things cozy, considering most of our time will soon be spent indoors for the upcoming winter months. In addition to paint, one of the most creative, inexpensive, and easy to do updates you can do to infuse character in your house by adding decorative moulding throughout. Here are some inspiring room-by-room design ideas that’ll make you happy to hibernate in until spring.
One of my favorite fall rituals is piling into my bed, surrounded by my big soft down comforter, and reading for a couple of hours in the evenings after dinner. Like in this image, one of my favorite fall decorative combinations is a beautiful, warm autumnal wall color paired with cool, crisp white bedding that you might reserve only for spring and summer. The crystal white moulding and bead board contrasted against the espresso moulding, both from Inteplast Building Products, makes this a room you want to spend time in.
Once the weather cools, and while I’m comfortably lounging in my bedroom, reading in the evenings, my husband retreats to his man cave to watch sports or crime dramas, or read or tinker with his electronic gadgets. I find that a lot of people assume man caves are all sports-themed or covered with pin-up posters, but my hubby’s is pretty sophisticated; very similar to this inspirational image. Make no mistake, the russet and beige wall color tones scream man cave, but it’s very tastefully done, especially the autumn color moulding from Inteplast. I am especially in awe of how they incorporate the chair rail moulding with the picture and poster framing. That is first class!
So yes, we have both a media room and a man cave at our house. After the kids graduated from college and moved out for good a few years ago, we had a ton of extra space that needed a purpose. Our media room is well used during the fall and winter months. It’s where we hang out for movie night with friends, neighbors, and the kids when they come in for a visit. I am enamored by the streamlined moulding-turned-wall shelving in this photo. Using Inteplast Building Products, you can install strips of prefinished trim, evenly spaced to act as a tract system for hanging shelves to hold DVDs, pictures, or anything else you want to put on display. You can find a how-to video to build your own shelves here.
With Inteplast Building Products vast variety of prefinished moulding colors, textures, and profiles, there is no limit to the decorative possibilities.
Get cozy, and stay crafty this fall!
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!
I’m a detail-oriented kind of person, which of course can be an asset or liability, depending on who you ask. I prefer the term extremely observant. So, one of the first things I notice when I walk into a room in someone’s house is their window treatments (or lack of). Even if you have a beautiful wall color, decorative crown moulding, the perfect work of art hanging, and high-end custom made draperies, I’m that person who will focus on the ugly exposed hardware and curtain rods right away. Not because I’m snooty mind you, but because I’ve had those unsightly blemishes of metal and tin wreck the beauty of my own walls. That is until I came across this quick, inexpensive little DIY gift from Inteplast Building Products. A prefinished, light-weight moulding cornice. As always, with most of my posts, you do not have to be an experienced carpenter or DIY-doer to tackle this project. I’m including the link here to the online video tutorial for step by step instructions. Updating you windows with a cornice is such an easy, budget-friendly fix to hide the unattractive hardware, and add some pizazz to boring windows.
In this video, your hosts use whiskey maple moulding for its warm, rich tones. But Inteplast has several color and profile options to fit any style and taste. And their pre-finished, decorative moulding is readily available at your local Lowe’s, or you can even buy it online on the Home Depot and Houzz sites. One of my favorite reasons for using Inteplast’s moulding products is because it has the same workability as real wood, so I don’t need special tools, which makes it a plus for any DIYer, especially if you’re just getting started. Here’s all you need for this project:
Cornices are a simple way to transform a bland window dressing into an elegant, eye-catching (in a good way) detail in any room of your home without breaking the budget. As always, let me see pictures of your own projects!
I’m Andrea, thanks for reading!
Hello all, Martin here again. When I was a kid, I got put in my fair share of time-outs. Ok, maybe more than my fair share if you listen to my older brother tell the story. What sent me to time-out more than anything was a bad habit, or favorite pastime, of writing on the floors and walls. I’m just sayin’ that my parents had the hardwoods finished at least twice before I turned 8, and I can’t tell you how many coats of paint they went through. I tell you all this because as kids we’re told not to write on the walls, and now all of sudden this trend of chalkboard walls takes hold. What’s a kid to do? Grab some chalk of course!
I have some good friends with three kids some crazy busy schedules. And with school starting soon they asked me to help install some chalkboard walls in their kitchen to create an information command center so they can see each other’s itineraries to help get themselves organized. I think it turned out ok. I based it on this picture from Inteplast Building Products:
We used a pre-finished decorative moulding from Inteplast Building Products to create the picture-frame detail surrounding the chalkboard panels. I like the way the moulding ties in with their existing DIY wainscoting detail. By the way, tacos are my favorite. I hope they will get the hint from the picture and invite me over for dinner! Take a look at this other chalkboard DIY wall I found from Lowe’s.
During my research for the project I found another chalkboard DIY wall on the Lowe’s website. The entryway chalkboard organizer is a Lowe’s Creative Ideas project. They applied two coats of chalkboard paint to an entry way wall to make a convenient message board center.
To keep the lines straight they used a straightedge, a level, and some painters tape to keep the chalkboard even on all sides. You could also add some pre-finished moulding or trim to define the space (and cover up any uneven lines which would be my case). Visit the Lowe’s site here for a complete list of materials, tools, and instructions.
The best thing about these projects… no more time outs! Unless of course you use a permanent marker instead of chalk. Don’t do that. The other great thing is that these project are all absolutely DIY-friendly. You can buy the chalkboard panels or chalkboard paint and Inteplast’s Moulding at your local Lowe’s store or online Home Depot and Houzz. Catch you next time.
Martin (and Harley)
Hello all, Inteplast Building Products is excited to be attending the Ace Hardware Fall 2016 Convention at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago this week.
We’d love to help you impress your customers and help them create beautiful interior spaces with a 1-2-3 punch - form, function, and style! Our complete line of decorative moulding is available in a variety of classic and modern profiles. And because they’re pre-finished, they’re ready to install with no special tool requirements. Our products have the same workability of traditional wood products, but they’re more uniform, making them easier to place and install. And, they’re moisture resistant so you don’t have to worry about complaints about rot, mildew, or mold.
Ceiling, Floor, and Door Moulding
All of our moulding products go beyond softening transitions and hiding door jamb seams. They add depth and drama to every room in your house by framing picturesque views, creating drama to high ceilings, and adding interest to an otherwise square room.
Don’t forget about the walls! Our decorative chair rails and inside and outside corners can give your customers a variety of design and architectural options to dress up any wall.
Inteplast Building Products Multi-use moulding products create comfort, ambiance, and excitement, all with a welcome home feeling. Create old-world charm, soften and protect exposed wall corners, or create interest on your walls by using our batten or lattice.
If you’re in McCormick Place, stop by and see us at booth #732 at the 2016 Fall Ace Hardware Convention and see why Inteplast’s decorative, pre-finished moulding products are a great choice for your customer’s interior design needs. Our distinctive moulding can help you strengthen your presence in the interior lifestyles market with a wide range of profiles, all with easy workability and consistent uniformity.
Visit our website at www.InteplastBuild.com where you and your customers can find ideas in our Moulding Inspiration Gallery. Also remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for project ideas and tips and tricks to share with your customers.
You don’t have to be an experienced trim carpenter to appreciate the aesthetic value that decorative interior moulding and trim from Inteplast Building Products can add to a room. And you don’t have to be a carpenter to install moulding either. So if you’re planning a moulding project anytime soon, I invite you to take a look at these inspirational ideas and tips from some industry professionals and notable DIY experts that can help you get a professional finish in an array of applications.
Baseboards, quarter round, and shoe moulding do more than provide a smooth, clean transition between floors and walls. They provide the finishing detail that transforms a square room to a distinctive, livable masterpiece. When you are adding or replacing baseboards in an existing home, you may run into uneven floors and walls which could make installation slightly tricky. Wendi at H20 Bungalow has a great easy to understand DIY baseboard tutorial that can make your baseboard project look just as good as a hired professional, if not better.
The hosts of See Jane Drill instructional videos show you how to install baseboard moulding with imperfect outside angles in this video tutorial. They also show you how to install baseboard moulding for a perfect fit on imperfect walls with these coping techniques in this video clip.
Crown moulding can add interest to plain walls and infuse character into a room that matches the overall style of your home. DIY Internet guru Sandra from Sawdust Girl shows you how to cut crown moulding and how to create and use templates that’ll make installation easier in this online post.
The aesthetic value of Inteplast Building Products Window and Door Moulding goes beyond softening transitions and hiding door jamb seams. It adds depth and drama to every room by framing picturesque views, playing off natural light, and transforming any doorway into an inviting grand entrance. This installation video on window and trim from The Family Handyman provides some trim carpenter trade secrets - like NOT using a tape measure. This post shows you how to install trim just by eyeing it. And the tools are simple: a sharp pencil, a miter saw, and a nail gun.
In addition to these great tips and tutorials, browse our previous blog posts for additional projects and helpful information on using prefinished moulding and trim from Inteplast Building Products in these and other applications like wall and multi-use moulding. To find Inteplast’s moulding, visit their store locator or look for it online at HomeDepot.com and Houzz.com.
As always, stay crafty and have fun doing it!