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.
Decorative moulding is that one design accessory that has unlimited uses. Obviously we install it to fill in the gaps between ceilings, walls, and floors, add interest to windows and doors, and overall enhance the beauty and style of our homes. But there are many other ways to use or repurpose old moulding to make a dramatic impact around your house. Here are some unique DIY moulding projects to try.
1. Upgrade a door without having to replace it
Replacing all of your outdated hollow core interior doors can be expensive. Especially if you’re looking at craftsman style raised panel door options. But with a little imagination and some decorative moulding, you can give those old doors a modern boost without emptying your bank account. Here’s an example we found on Pinterest from Thrifty Artsy Girl. She added simple moulding strips to create a raised panel effect on the face of the door. Update the door handle and add a fresh coat of paint, and you’ve got a brand new contemporary door. Inteplast’s prefinished decorative moulding can make your project easy. No painting, sanding, or scraping needed.
2. Give an old mirror new life
If you have a large frameless mirror hanging in your bathroom, you’ve probably noticed the dark edges that appear over time. This happens when prolonged moisture reacts with the protective coatings on the mirror. But you don’t have the replace the entire mirror to get rid of the imperfection. Frame it with moulding. Inteplast’s decorative moulding resists moisture, rot, and mildew, so it’s the perfect solution. Here’s a DIY video tutorial with step-by-step instructions.
3. Build a shelving unit with repurposed materials
We found this repurposed DIY gem on Pinterest. Using salvaged doors, moulding, and wood from an old farm house and barn, this crafty individual made a beautiful shelving unit. The repurposed materials can add vintage craftsman style to any room.
4. Add flair to a boring side table
Similar to updating an out-of-style door, by adding strips of moulding to a plain, flat side table, you can create a craftsman style piece of furniture by adding raised panels to the sides. Inteplast’s decorative moulding comes in a variety of classic and modern profiles so you can create a look as ornate or as simple as you’d like.
5. Create a piece art using moulding corners
Just for fun, here’s some dragon fly art from Lucy Designs Online. This artist used an old table leg for the body, and repurposed decorative moulding corners for the wings. This is a great example of what to do with left over moulding instead of throwing it out.
Today’s farmhouse interior style is country without the tacky, comfy without the clutter, and traditional without the frilly. With some weathered wood-look details here and some upholstered headboards there, you can easily pull off a modern farmhouse look with minimal effort and maximum style. Here are 5 ways to pull off this style.
Weathered Wood Look
A fundamental element for the modern farmhouse style is reclaimed or barnwood details because it creates a warm, cozy feeling. You can get that feeling by creating a feature wall in your bathroom, or any other room. But in addition to being expensive, reclaimed wood comes with some issues, like color and grain inconsistencies, the need for lots of nails, possible rot and mildew if used in high moisture areas, and let’s not forget the pests and splinters. Inteplast offers a completely removable and replaceable Accent Wall Planks, which you can buy online at Lowe’s, without all the hassles.
One way to get a modern farmhouse kitchen is to incorporate open shelving. It serves a couple of purposes. First, it’s functional, especially if you’re a cook who spends lots of time in the kitchen. No more opening and closing and opening and closing cabinets. Also, if you have decorative dishes and glassware that you think of as works of art, open shelving is the best option to show them off. You can DIY your own shelves using Inteplast Building Products Moulding and Trim Board—which you can purchase at Lowe’s or other select dealers. They come in a variety of colors and profiles to suit any style.
Fabric or upholstered Headboard
Whether you make one for a guestroom or your own master bedroom, or every bedroom in the house, a fabric headboard framed in decorated moulding is the essential farmhouse touch. It’s an easy DIY project that’ll make your guests feel comfy, relaxed, and welcomed. Using Inteplast’s prefinished moulding, you can create a frame that attaches directly to the wall behind your bed for a cozy focal point. This moulding is in mahogany, but they have lots of colors to choose from.
Make front-porch sitting even more pleasant by covering the ceiling with Inteplast’s Beadboard. It embodies the charm of a sophisticated, modern farmhouse and instantly adds a bit of historic charm. Not just for porches, Inteplast’s Beadboard is the perfect alternative to covering up outdated popcorn ceilings. Beadboard can also add farmhouse style to walls, kitchen islands, and cabinetry, and furniture. And, unlike traditional wood beadboard, Inteplast’s product requires very little maintenance. No scraping and painting necessary.
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.
Hello again, Martin here with an ingenious, stylish solution to make your clutter go incognito. This handcrafted picture frame doubles as a storage cabinet where you can hang your keys, place often used items like lip balm, remotes, small flashlight, phone charger, or that Lone Ranger mask that you sometimes wear around the house when you’re watching TV collection…or maybe I’m the only one who does that? Oh well, it’s a judgment free storage solution. Let’s get started.
What you'll need:
First, miter cut the PVC moulding to the desired length that you want your shelf to be. Also, cut the trim to match the same lengths. Next, on the table saw, route out 4mil wide and ¼” deep slot along one side of each piece of the PVC trim—about 3/32” from the edge.
Now that you’ve got everything cut, it’s time to assemble the cabinet frame with the trim pieces. Make sure the routed slots are all on the same side.
In the next step, use the utility knife to cut two pieces of the 3mil PVC sheet about 1/8” smaller—on all sides—than the picture frame and the cabinet frame. Then, staple the PVC sheet to the back of the cabinet.
Next, let’s work on the “rails” that go inside of the frame that keep your stuff secure. Using the utility knife, cut (2) 2” wide strips from the 4mil thick PVC corrugated about ¼” longer than the inside width of your cabinet.
You’ve got your finished cabinet with two shelves; but you’re not done yet. Let’s add the three hooks. Drill a small hole to get each of the hooks started. While you’ve got your drill out, go ahead and drill the hole on the PVC sheet to mount the shelf on the wall.
Next, it’s time to put the moulding frame together. Using PVC cement, join the miter cut casings and wait a few minutes for the cement to bond. For added reinforcement, staple the back sides of the mitered joints once the cement has had a chance to dry.
Now, let’s work on the photo or artwork you’ve picked out. First, trim the image 1” larger on all sides than the inside opening of the moulding frame. Apply double-sided tape on the back of the image and carefully place it onto the PVC sheet. Next, staple the PVC sheet to the moulding frame.
Next, attach the hinges to the cabinet and the back side of picture frame.
You’re almost done. Add the magnetic catch to cabinet. Use the catch plate to determine the position of magnetic catch. Add the magnetic catch plate to the back side of the picture frame. Then, just hang or screw the finished picture frame box to the wall. That’s it!
You can hang your keys on the hooks at the top, and use the shelves for miscellaneous items. One of the reasons I really like making custom shelves and frames out of Inteplast’s moulding and trim products is because of the clean lines and the consistency of design. For example, if you’ve made our chalkboard key cabinet, coat rack shelf, even our wine rack, they all have the same look and feel so you can easily incorporate these pieces throughout your decorating scheme and they go together.
That’s it for me this week. Enjoy the project, and as always, let me know what I can help you with!
Hello all, Martin here. Happy almost Valentine’s Day to my fellow DIY do-ers. Nothing says I heart you like a handcrafted gift you make with love (and maybe some blood and tears if you’re clumsy with a screw driver like I’ve been known to be). I’ve got an easy, practical, and fun do-it-yourself hanging shelf project you can make for your favorite person using Inteplast Building Products Deck board just in time for Valentine’s Day. This is a project even the most beginner of DIYing can handle. Here’s how to get started.
Gather these materials:
First, drill four holes, one at each corner, about 1” from the ends and ¾” from the sides. For this project we used Inteplast’s Deck board in Burnished Maple, but they have multiple wood grains and color pallets to choose from. And, there are no special tools required to work with Inteplast Building Products, but they have the same characteristics and workability as traditional lumber.
Next, cut two pieces of nylon rope in identical lengths. The length you cut the rope will depend on how far from the hook you want the shelf to hang.
Then, run one strand of rope through the two holes on one end of the deck board. Double knot each end of the rope after you’ve run it through the holes. Make sure the knots are bigger than the ¼” holes.
Now, drill a hole on the wall where you want the shelf to hang. Hammer in the plastic expansion anchor then screw in the hook plate to the wall. Place the hook over the hook plate.
Hold on, you’re not quite done yet. Add to the shelf some nostalgic memorabilia like the tickets to your first concert together or a fancy-framed photo of your first trip together to remind your favorite someone what he or she means.
To find a place to purchase Inteplast’s Deck boards visit the Inteplast Retail Locator here.
Hope you make out ok with the project. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Martin (and Harley)
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)
Every now and then I go through the myriad family photos sitting in boxes in the closet and say to myself, “One day I’m going to put these in an album, or even better, frame and hang them on the wall.” Of course it never happens because the fact is I have so many great photos that it would take hundreds of frames (not to mention rooms of unlimited wall space) to display them. But I discovered a way to show off treasured photos and easily swap them out so you don’t have to choose. It’s a DIY picture rail made from pre-finished decorative moulding. Think of it as a rotating exhibition in your own personal art gallery.
The great thing about making your own picture rail from prefinished decorative moulding is the countless design options. Inteplast Building Products Crystal White Collection is the ideal product for this picture rail project because it doesn’t need any paint since it’s prefinished, and it’s lightweight so it’s easy to work with and install. There are so many profile styles to choose from, and you can find them at your local Lowe’s and Home Depot. Here’s all you need to make this cool picture rail:
Materials you’ll need:
The key to this project is the fluted casing moulding, which we’ll use for the shelf itself. It’s lightweight, easy to use and has nifty grooves in it to keep photos from sliding off the shelf.
Cutting and Assembly
And you’re done! Now you can finally take those photos out of the box, place them on the shelf, and change them out often.
Stay crafty and have fun!
I’ve noticed that a big trend in kitchen design these days is open shelving and cabinetry. Some cabinets have no doors, and some have glass door panels. Some folks are opting out of cabinets all together and going with open, easily accessible shelving. Either way, all of your glassware, dishes, plates, and bowls are visible. I personally like this design style, although I’m not sure I have enough matching dishes to openly show, but in theory, I love the idea.
The concept of displaying some pieces of glassware that you want to show off for an aesthetic element is very doable with some crown moulding shelves or ledges. If you have a bare wall in the kitchen, instead of adding a painting or another piece of wall art, add some shelving and display some colorful coffee mugs and saucers like they did in this image. What I really love about using crown moulding for shelving is the variety of profiles to match any style. Not to mention, you can buy it prefinished in a multitude of colors at any home building store like Lowe’s or Home Depot. These shelves don’t have to be for glasses or mugs or plates. You can display anything of interest – candle votives, decorative jars, or small canisters.
In addition to making a design statement in the kitchen, ledges and shelves made out of prefinished moulding are perfect for organizing, decluttering, and showing off collectibles in other rooms. My husband, a musician, collects vintage metronomes. Currently, he has about seven of them hidden away in plastic storage beds in a closet. They’re too pretty not to be displayed. We’ve been thinking lately about how to show them off without creating clutter. Last week, while looking for some ideas, I found this great picture of moulding ledges holding die-cast metal cars. Though the shelves in this picture are too narrow for the metronomes, it’s a wonderful idea that could easily be scaled to fit the project.
This just goes to show you that picture ledges aren’t just for pictures. I used decorative moulding shelves in my own craft room as well. They’re perfect for holding ribbons, beads, paint, anything you want, and it helps keep my room organized, and not to mention stylish with clean lines. However, keep in mind, when you bare it all on your walls, you have to be vigilant about keeping things tidy. I’m still working on that!
I’d love to see your decorative moulding shelves! It’s such an easy DIY weekend project, perfect for these cold upcoming winter days. Check out my other DIY weekend projects on Pinterest.