Hi, Martin here again. It is officially starting to feel like November. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed the extended summer temps, but hey, it’s almost Thanksgiving, it’s time for some cooler weather to get us in the spirit. Speaking of cool, I had to unpack my fall and winter clothes this week. So that you’ll always know where your coat is this winter, I have a handy project that’s perfect: A PVC moulding coat rack that’s a stylish and convenient way to hang your winter outerwear. And, because Inteplast’s PVC moulding is moisture resistant, this makes a great towel rack for high-moisture rooms like the bathroom. This is another easy one. Here’s all you need:
Gather these materials:
First, I hit my local building supply stores for everything I need for this project. 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.
To get started, I first used my hack saw to cut the PVC base moulding at a 45 degree angle. You’ll need to stand the moulding up against the vertical flap to achieve the outside corner or inside corner.
Next, use the PVC trim edge to mark the end of the side piece. Then cut the inside corner and outside corner of the moulding by adjusting the hacksaw angles.
Now, cut the 2x6 PVC trim to 36” and 40” long pieces. Line up the base cap moulding to the edge of the 36” long PVC trim and mark the reference line to cut the 45 degree outside corner.
Follow the same steps for the three pieces of PVC cove moulding.
Once I have the PVC pieces cut, I laid out the garment hook panel, the base cap and the cove moulding to get them ready for assembly.
Next, apply PVC cement to the trim and base cap pieces. Then, apply the cement to the end pieces.
Now, cement the Cove moulding to the PVC trim. After you’ve applied the PVC cement, wait about 3 minutes until it’s dry before you put in the hooks and the top panel.
Mark the location for the garment hooks and attach with 5/8”screws. Now, center and align the 40” PVC trim to the top of garment hanger panel using 1-1/2" screws.
Now you’re ready to hang it on the wall. Using a stud finder, locate the stud and anchor the finished shelf on the wall.
That’s it! Easy access for your coats this winter. Of course, you can make your shelf longer and add more hooks.
This project shouldn’t take you more than an hour or two. It also makes a great holiday gift idea if you enjoy giving handmade gifts like I do. I’d love to see your finished project, and as always, let me know other cool projects you come up with using PVC moulding. Thanks for reading!
Martin (and Harley)
Hello all, it’s Andrea again, with some ideas on creating a memorable mudroom. When you think of the most well-appointed room in your house, chances are, your family’s mudroom probably is not it. In fact, many mudrooms are an afterthought during the house design process, and certainly when it comes to styling and decorating, it’s the last room to get attention. But just because it’s the worker bee room in the house doesn’t mean it can’t be practical and charming.
One of the first things you can do to make a mudroom functional (and beautiful) is to install easy to clean pre-finished PVC wainscoting to the wall. That way when kids, husbands, or very wet dogs come in through the mudroom and shake and shed wet clothing or fur, cleanup is a snap with soap and water. It’s like it was made for mudrooms: it resists moisture, comes in a variety of colors, installs quicker than traditional wood, and won’t mushroom at the surface when nailed. You can find Inteplast Building Products wainscoting at your local building supply stores like Home Depot.
Another fabulously easy design element with stunning results is decorative moulding and trim around windows, doors, ceilings, and floors in your mudroom. You can carry over the same style as adjoining or nearby rooms into the mudroom so it doesn’t have that neglected look. Of course, you probably don’t want to use ornate moulding profiles that might be in your dining room, but you can easily incorporate style with Inteplast’s pre-finished chair rail, window casing, base board, shoe moulding, and quarter round. Moulding and trim is like the perfect accessory that completes the look.
To round out your mudroom, obviously you need a low-maintenance entry. If you don’t already have a durable flooring surface like tile, laminate, or cement, make sure you include an indoor/outdoor mat to protect your floor. Also, storage is a must for mudrooms as well. Decorative hooks are perfect for hanging up outwear, dog leashes, umbrellas, car keys, etc. For items you don’t necessarily want to be cluttering up the room like rain boots, hats, etc., benches with hidden storage are a great solution for tucking those things away. Since the mudroom will see a lot of water, and well, mud, you may want to consider outfitting your mudroom with a bench or storage bin made of durable, moisture-resistance composite decking material. Inteplast Building Products Deck comes in a variety of naturally-colored streaking and solid color wood grain options to complement any décor.
The best thing about all of these suggestions…they’re 100% DIYable for just about everybody. For those of you out there who’ve created your own spectacular mudroom makeover, please share your pics and ideas! Check out our Pinterest page for more laundry room and mudroom ideas.
Thank for reading!