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.
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)
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!
Hi, Martin here. Ladies, look away for just a second. Ok guys, whether you’re into it or not, it doesn’t really matter. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and chances are your girlfriend, wife, or partner is into it. Now, I consider myself a romantic, renaissance type of guy, but when it comes to gifts, the first thing that comes to my mind is functional. Granted, the word functional is probably not an adjective that’s at the top of my girlfriend’s list of gift priorities. But take this thoughtful, personally crafted necklace holder – it’s functionality disguised as romantic (especially if it comes preinstalled with a little something sparkly dripping from it), and it only took me a couple of hours to make.
I consider myself a hobby carpenter with a fairly extensive repertoire of projects under my belt. But whether you’re getting sawdust on your hands for the first time, or you’ve been creating cool things for a while, this is a project anybody can tackle. You just need the right materials.
The first thing I always head to my workshop with is Harley, my 120-pound mixed rescue dog, and the second thing is prefinished moulding. I use it in eighty-five percent of my projects. It’s the easiest-handling product to make this jewelry holder out of. You can find prefinished moulding at Lowe's, Menards or Home Depot in a variety of woodgrains or white, which you can paint to match any décor. Here’s what else you’ll need.
I’ve used this same project template to make a leash and collar holder for Harley. Hope you make out ok with the project – and for Valentine’s Day. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)