I know this is going to come as a shock to most of you, but I’m not going to spend this Memorial Day weekend DIYing anything! Instead, I’m going to take it easy, spend time with my family and friends, and participate in activities that commemorate all of those brave military souls who lost their lives protecting us and our country.
Because this three-day holiday unofficially kicks off the summer season, most who live near a body water enjoy celebrating by swimming, kayaking, boating, paddle boarding, surfing, or even fishing. But no matter where you live or visit, commemorative events are sure to be abound. Take in a parade, host a veteran’s cookout, tour a memorial site, or place flags on the graves of fallen heroes in your local cemetery. And here’s something you probably didn’t think of: give yourself permission to do nothing as well. Take the weekend to reset your brain and take some time for yourself by reading a book, writing, painting, mediating, or slowly swinging in a hammock. Or DIYing…
Okay, I lied. I’m totally going to make this quick and easy red-white-and-blue clothespin door wreath! Here’s a little known fact you may not be aware of: Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. So it only seems fitting. Thanks for reading, enjoy your long weekend!
Happy Friday everyone, Jennifer here with you this week. With the official start of spring just ten days away, there is no better time than now to think about what you want to do with that outdated, faded, splintered deck you’ve been secretly hoping would collapse for the last few years.
The first question to ask yourself: should I start from scratch or just resurface what I’ve got? If you’ve inspected all the parts of the existing deck and there is no rot or structural damage that you can see, you can probably get by with resurfacing. But if it’s beyond saving, or you just want a new, modern outdoor living space, maybe it’s time for a totally new vivid, natural wood-like, worry-free low-maintenance deck from Inteplast Building Products. If so, the second question to ask yourself: how do I find a good contractor to make my outdoor dream deck come true?
Choosing a contractor to build your deck is a big decision because you want to trust they’ll build the deck you want—and the deck you paid for. But rest assured, we’ve got some tips to help you find the perfect contractor.
One the best ways to find a good contractor is word-of-mouth. Talk to people you trust, whether its family, friends, or associates to get their honest opinions on a contractor they’ve used in the past. If someone in your neighborhood has a deck that you envy, start there first and get their experience, and whether or not they would recommend their contractor. Online services like Angie’s List, Home Advisor, and Houzz are good ways to connect with contractors in your area too. No matter the source, take lots of notes, and get contact information. If the contractor has a website with photos of past work, take a look at their latest projects.
Once you’ve compiled your list, give the contractors a call, and ask the right questions:
Above all, you want a contractor who is easy to communicate with and one that you feel comfortable with. After you’ve settled on a contractor, get an estimate, in writing, along with a contract. Have the contractor go over the entire contract with you, and make sure it specifies all costs, and they’re itemized. You want to know where your money is going. On average, material cost is 40% of a total project. Keep in mind, the cheapest quote isn’t always the best quote. You want the one that can make your dream deck a reality.
Inteplast Building Products has a ton of resources to help you get started on your deck, including free design plans, product visualizers, material calculators, installation instructions, and DIY tips. Thanks for reading!
Martin here and I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as I am. Here in the northwest, we have some of the longest days in the lower 48 states, which means we get even more hours to experience the beautiful summer weather. So with all that extra time, I can think of a great way to fill it. Cornhole. Yep, the manly term for bean bag toss. My neighbors and I are addicted to playing this game in the evenings after work. Sure, you can buy a store bought version, but of course, that’s not what I did. I made my own game from Inteplast Building Products durable, moisture resistant PVC trim. Here are my step-by-steps in case the DIY bug hits you too.
Materials you’ll need:
The first thing you do is cut the pieces for the frame for the boards and the surface of the cornhole.
Next, assemble one piece of the 48” and one piece of the 22-1/2” PVC trim with two of the stainless screws (the smaller piece will need to butt up to the 48” piece).
Once you’ve assembled those pieces, fasten the rest of the trim pieces together to form a rectangle.
Now, fasten the half sheet onto the base. You can also see in the detail, where you put the screws.
After fastening the sheet, cut and attach the legs to the board. The legs should be cut into lengths of 11-1/2”, then use the protractor to mark the ends so that it’s round. Then use a jigsaw to make the cuts around one side of the leg.
Then you’ll thread a ¼” x 2” hex bolt into the legs and the base. A ¼” hole will need to be drilled at an intersection of 3” from the top and 1-3/4” from the side.
Now, cut a 6” diameter hole on top of the platform for the bean bags. The center of the hole is centered at 9” down from the top and centered at 12”. To cut the hole I used a dremel and a scrap piece of wood. Drill a hole on one side of the scrap wood then measure 3” across and make a mark. The adaptor piece of the dremel is 3” in diameter; you will need to cut a hole that will fit the adaptor piece.
Next drill a hole in the center point of the cornhole (will be used as a point to circle the dremel around like a radius). Use a nail to stick through the dremel guide and into the platform.
We’re getting closer. Cut the angle on the bottom of the legs. The regulation cornhole height is 12” so you’ll need to prop up the box by placing anything that will hold it up under the box (I used a paint can and a spare piece of trim). Next slide the box towards the edge of the table and pull down one the leg closest to the edge so it hangs just over the table. Use the table top as a guide to draw a straight line across the bottom of the leg. Repeat this step for all of the legs. Then remove the legs from the base and use the jigsaw to cut accordingly.
The final step is to reattach the legs and enjoy! Check out Inteplast Building Products retail locator tool on their website to find PVC trim board in your town. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Hi all, it’s Martin again. This project I’m going to show you how to create this week combines two of my most favorite things in the world: ice cold adult beverages and PVC trim from Inteplast Building Products. A PVC bottle cap catcher is the perfect Father’s Day gift, accessory for your deck, patio, or outdoor entertaining hot spot. I even built and installed one on the fence post between mine and my neighbor’s house so when we meet in the back yard to talk DIY shop with one another, we’re well prepared. And of course because PVC trim products won’t rot, split, crack, or absorb water, and are resistant to termites and other pests, there is no better material to use to build your PVC bottle cap catcher.
Well as the name implies, it’s not only a bottle opener, but it catches the bottle caps as well, which is the perfect solution for me because I collect beer bottle caps with the idea of making a bottle cap end table top one day. I’ve been collecting caps for four years now, so I’m eventually going to have to start this table top project or rent a storage unit to hold them all. Without further ado, here’s what you’ll need to get started.
Materials you’ll need:
Let’s get started. The first step is to cut 15” off of the 1 x 6 PVC trim board.
Next, miter at 45 degrees of one corner then you will need to mark where the cap opener will need to be installed. The hole to hold up the opener is 1-1/4” from the top and the cap opener is 1” away from the center of the top hole.
In this next step, you will need to cut the cap catcher. You will need to cut off from the 1 x 6 plank: (2) 4” pieces for the sides of the catcher, (1) 5-1/2” piece for the front of the catcher. The corners of the front piece will need to be beveled at 45 degrees for a tight miter joint.
Next you will need to cut the bottom piece of the catcher which is 4” x 3-1/4” then drill three holes for drainage (centered). After that, use the two corner clamps to bring the catcher together then use the clamp hold the bottom piece while you fasten the stainless trim screws into the holder.
Get excited, because we’re almost done. To bring this project together, attach the holder. Apply PVC cement to the holder then use the clamp to secure the catcher to the base. Wait a few minutes while the catcher is bonding to the base then use the stainless steel screws to secure the piece together.
We made it to final step. Just attach the cap opener. And you’ve got your finished product!
That’s all there is too it. To find PVC trim board in your area, check out Inteplast Building Products Where to Buy tool. Now if I could just get Harley motivated to fetch a beer from the fridge I’d try it out. Let me know what cool products you’ve made from PVC. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)
Don’t you just love this time of the year? I love all of the holidays, this one has always held a special place in my heart though.
The weather is finally warm and beautiful and there are fireworks! I like to do a little decorating with a patriotic theme starting around Memorial Day and let it stay up through the 4th of July. It makes things feel festive and I like the colors.
When it comes to decorating with a patriotic touch there are so many ways you can go. I tend toward the more rustic side on the inside of my house and using the bright red, white and blue on the outside.
I made this wreath on my front door (I found the idea on Simple Country Life), it is a good combination of rustic and the red, white and blue that is in the bunting I hang along the top of the front porch. It’s festive and adds to that summer feel.
Speaking of DIY decorations, this year I decided to make something of my own design. Ever since I saw a prefinished batten moulding at Lowe’s I have been trying to think of something to do with it. I decided to make a flag-inspired piece with an Americana feel. Step one of the project was heading to Lowe’s to pick up the supplies I needed, here’s how I made it:
One thin piece of plywood (they have a section where it’s cut into smaller more manageable sizes) – mine started out at 24” x 24” and I cut it down by about 2” to 22” x 24”
4 pieces of the Russet colored prefinished Batten moulding
4 pieces of the Espresso colored prefinished Batten moulding
1 piece of the White Oak prefinished base moulding
Decorative star (mine is painted metal, you could also use wood, just don’t choose a really heavy one)
Denim “ribbon” (I found some at Michael’s on sale for $1.50/roll – I needed just one roll)
Miter box with saw (or just a small saw if you already have one)
Circular saw (optional – you can get the store to cut the piece for you)
Hot glue gun (I used my craft one that takes a low or high temp glue stick and used it on high) or construction adhesive – I prefer hot glue for this project because it dries quickly
Measure out the moulding and determine how many stripes you want to have, you can see I doubled-up on the moulding to make the stripes a little bigger
Cut the backer board to the appropriate size
Start by cutting the white oak moulding and securing it in the upper left corner by using the hot glue gun (or construction adhesive)
Measure and cut the longer pieces needed for the section below the white field, secure each piece with the hot glue gun
Measure and cut the shorter pieces (for the section to the right of the white field) and secure each piece with the hot glue gun or construction adhesive.
Allow the piece to dry/cure for at least an hour.
Beginning on one edge run a bead of hot glue at the bottom of the bottom piece of moulding and begin gluing down the denim ribbon on the top of the piece (make sure that you place your ribbon so that it can wrap around to the bottom of the piece).
Continue around the piece with the ribbon, making sure to make a corner fold at each of the corners and glue the ribbon all the way around the piece.
Glue the ribbon to the bottom side of the piece to finish it off.
If you chose a metal star you can use a small finishing nail to hang the star in the white field, if you used a wood star you can use hot glue to secure it
There you go, you are done! Now you just have to find a good place to hang it in your house.
Americana Décor Resources:
If you don’t want to make your own pieces there are a lot of great places to find Americana décor for your house. Below you will find some links to places that help you with Americana décor and some that sell pieces you may want to bring into our home. Other sources include craft stores (Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby) and discount home décor stores like Christmas Tree Shops and Old Time Pottery. I know there are a bunch of places out there, where do you like to shop for discount décor. I also frequent the local Goodwill and Salvation Army stores, you never know what you might find there.
Americana décor and décor ideas sources:
Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (http://www.sturbridgeyankee.com/decorating-with-americana-style)
HGTV: 20 Ways to Bring Americana Style Home (http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/20-ways-to-add-americana-style-to-your-home-pictures)
Factory Direct Craft (http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/categories/2026_2073-americana_decor.html)
Old Country Crows (http://www.oldcountrycrows.com/category_24/Americana-Decor.htm)
Gainers Creek Crafts (http://www.gainerscreekcrafts.com/Primitive-Americana-Decor_c_105.html)