Accent walls are all the rage right now. That makes me smile because I do love an accent wall. But don’t give me a can of paint and a roller. Sure, painting is an inexpensive way to highlight a wall but the impact could be much more dramatic with some textured materials in a unique pattern. If you want to add some visual KAPOW to your walls, experiement with patterns and materials. You could use brick, stone veneers, or wood planks to break up a boring room, but they’re heavy, messy, and require a lot of tools. I’ve found that Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks in a weathered wood-look from Lowe’s are the perfect material because they’re beautiful, easy to install, and a friend of the wallet. And they’re so versatile you can experiment with different patterns to really reflect your style. Let’s explore four patterns here.
OK, so it’s been done. You lay your planks left to right, like the horizon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it great. One of the cool things about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is their multicolor kit. The kit covers 15 sq ft and includes 10 planks – 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White. By alternating the three different colors, you can create an inspiring horizontal pattern the likes of which no one has seen!
Now, we’re getting a little edgier. Vertical patterns, where you lay your planks top to bottom, maybe aren’t as common on the walls as they are floors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. In fact, I dare you!
Want to get even crazier? Try a herringbone pattern. This pattern is named after its resemblance to fish bones. Think Herring fish. This design might look intimidating, but what most people don’t know is that it doesn’t involve many complicated cuts—just straight off of a corner at the ceiling or floor. This pattern will be sooooo worth it when you see the final results!
Mix and Match
If you feel you’re ready for the ultimate pattern challenge, why not mix and match a couple of them to create an amazing, one-of-a-kind accent wall? How about a sort-of-herringbone and horizontal plot twist? Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks are so easy to work with and easy to cut, you’re only limitation is your own imagination.
If you’re ready to get started…
Here’s what you need
Here’s what you DON’T need
Because Inteplast’s Accent Planks are completely removable and come finished and ready to install, you don’t need a lot of items that you would if you used other traditional products, like:
Here’s what you do:
First, sketch out your pattern. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist or hire yourself a professional designer. Just rough out what you want it to look like and start from there.
Next, measure your wall. This is where you’ll start to add real-life dimensions to the pattern you sketched.
Now, depending on the pattern you go with, where you start may be different. But for starters, finding the center, using it as your starting point, and working out from there will be the crucial first step for most patterns.
Using a chalk line and/or a level, draw a vertical line and a horizontal line through the center of the wall to give you a visual reference before installing your planks.
What unique patterns can you come up with? We love pictures around here so send them on! As always, thank you for visiting Design Next Door.
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.
Once in a while an amazing DIY product comes along that even I will roll up my sleeves for instead of calling a handyman—and I’ve found it. I have never been a fan of wallpaper, and just painting an accent wall in a bold color doesn’t really inspire me either. Lately I’ve been craving an accent wall with the popular reclaimed wood look, but I don’t want the bulk, needless to say the hassle of cutting and nailing the boards on the wall. So when I heard about the new DIY-friendly Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products, I knew I found the solution for infusing some character into a wall in my home office.
The Mixed (multicolor) Kit includes 10 planks in three distressed colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, and Reclaimed White. For anybody wanting a rustic look without the commitment and trouble of actual reclaimed wood, the color combination in this kit will not disappoint. You can install them in a variety of patterns like horizontal or vertical, or go crazy and do a herringbone if you’ve got the gumption. Probably the most amazing detail for me is the peel-and-stick installation using CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M—which are included in the kit. The good news is, they’re removable so if that herringbone doesn’t work out, you can start over.
The new Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products are readily available online at Lowe’s and Amazon. Each kit includes ten 4.5” x 4’ pieces that covers 15 square feet with no extensive wall prep or refinishing work required. They come finished and ready to go. The best part, once they’re up, you can easily clean the wall with a damp cloth.
Because the Accent Planks are moisture-resistant, these would be perfect in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, laundry rooms, or mudrooms. So not only do they offer unique aesthetic design opportunities, they’re durable. And no splinters! And think outside of the wall too. You can use the planks to clad a kitchen island, you can create a headboard, and and you can even create a great art piece with them. The opportunities are endless, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
I have so much more to say about these new Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products, but you’ll have to wait until next time! Thanks for reading.
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!
Hi all, Martin here again with what I think is a most awesome, if not the most awesomest (if that’s not a word, it should be) project for gardeners, landscapers, homeowners, and business owners of all types. Really, it’s for everyone because we should all be stewards of the earth. It’s a compost bin. Did you know that nearly one-third of landfill waste is made up of compostable materials? What is compostable you ask? Compostable materials are a mixture of decaying organic matter like yard debris, grass clippings, leaves, and vegetable peels that become nutrient-rich matter for fertilizing soil. This compost bin project uses Inteplast Building Products PVC decking material, which is perfect because it’s rot- and insect-resistant. So let’s get started.
Materials You’ll Need:
First, pre-drill the 2-in. screws on the 24-in. long Inteplast deck board about a ½-in. from the edge of the board. Do the same thing for the 22-in. long Inteplast deck board.
Next, join create a rectangle using the two 24-in. pieces and the two 22-in. pieces by joining them at the corners.
Then, cut a 1-1/2-in. wide Inteplast Corner Board to use as a jig. Place the 1-1/2-in. wide corner board jig at the corner, and then place a deck board underneath to ensure that it’s level with the deck frame.
Now, place the 7-in. Inteplast Corner Board on top of the jig and attach each corner with 1-1/2-in. screws.
That’s it. Now just stack the finished tiers to create your compost bin. This unit is 24-in. x 22-in. x 28-in., but you can make more tiers to increase the height of the bin to suit your needs.
The best thing about this bin is that you don’t have to physically turn the compost, which can be a real chore. You only have to lift off the top tier and set it on the ground next to the bin fill it with compost. As the compost pile gets lower, move over the next tier, and put more compost in it. Just repeat.
Composting is a great way to condition your soil, recycle your kitchen and yard waste (which reduces land fill waste), introduce beneficial organisms to your yard, and eliminate the need for alternative chemical fertilizers. To find Inteplast Building Products in your area, visit our store locator here. Catch you next time.
Martin (and Harley)
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!
It’s Martin again, with another doable DIY project for your backyard or your deck. Even though we are half past summer and most of us finished our landscape projects earlier in the spring, it’s time to think about fall planting. This planter box I’m going to demonstrate this week is made from Inteplast Building Products Fascia Board and Corner Board. Last month I showed you how to make an end table out of Inteplast’s products, so this is very similar in construction - a no brainer for you DIY pros out there, and a great beginner project for you folks who are just getting started. You can place this in your yard without worrying about rotting, splitting, cracking, or pests because Inteplast’s products are moisture resistant. So, let’s get started.
Materials you'll need:
For the deck fascia material, Inteplast has 12 colors to choose from and solid, variegated colors all with wood-grain patterns. I used their Terra Cotta material to build mine, but choose a color and style to suit your tastes, or compliment your existing deck or trim at home.
The first step is to cut the necessary pieces. Start with the 4x4 Inteplast PVC “J” Channel trim to and cut four 12” pieces. Next, pre-install the screws at the ¾” square notch ends on each “J” Channel. Place the screws 3/8” from edge to ensure the holding capacity.
Next, trim the Inteplast Deck Fascia Board to 4 pcs to 2’ long each. Now, align the bottom of the Deck Fascia and “J” Channel, then attach them together with the screws at the four corners. You’ll want to use proper blocking to level the joint before you apply the screws. I enlisted the help of my friend Eric to press the corner board against the fascia for a tighter hold. But if you don’t have a friend in sight, you can use a grip to help add pressure. Next, join the pieces at the corners.
Continue until all corners are joined and you have a square. Finish up by adding the 4” x 4” end caps on the top of the remaining ½” tip of Inteplast PVC “J” Channel. If you use PVC end caps, apply PVC cement to bond the cap. That’s it!
You can make your box any size you like. The diagram below is for a rectangular 2’ x 4’ planter box.
To find Inteplast’s fascia and corner board in your area, check out the Inteplast Building Products product locator tool. What do you think of what I planted in mine? Let me know what you’re gonna plant. 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)
Hi all, Martin here again. Here in the low humidity, northwestern nook of the country where summers are usually a little more bearable for hanging outside on the deck (though this year it has been hot!). I remember last fall when I completely rebuilt my old, warped deck in the backyard. I realized then how much work a new deck takes. And not just the construction aspect, but all of the upfront planning, designing, selecting the right products to use, and picking out just the right color to match my mood. It was such a feeling of accomplishment once that last board was screwed in and the last deck rail is attached. By the time I finished the deck, old man winter made it a bit too chilly to make full use of it, so I put off adding outside furniture until now. But you know me, I didn’t go the store bought route. My DIY carpenter senses took over and I decided to make my own furniture to match my deck boards.
A few weeks ago you may remember I built my mom a PVC flower box with Coca-Cola® glass bottle vases made out of Inteplast Building Products TRIM product for Mother’s Day, Well, if you recall the picture I posted of the final project, there was also an end table I had the vase sitting on. Yep, I made that too. It’s an easy project that took me just a little over an hour after I got my materials shopping done. Here’s all you need:
(1) 4-in. x4-in. x 8-ft. Inteplast PVC Corner Board
(1) 2-in. x 4-in. x 8-ft. Inteplast PVC Trim
(1) 12-ft. Inteplast PVC Deck
For the PVC deck material, Inteplast has 6 colors to choose from and solid or variegated patterns. I used their Gray Walnut PVC decking material that I had left over from my deck project. But use any color that suits your style.
Since Inteplast Building Products Decking materials has the same workability as wood, you don’t need any special tools. Just a table saw, cordless drill, stainless steel screws, and finish nails.
Like I said, I did this in just about an hour. First, I used 2”x4” pressure treated wood to build a 17”x15” base frame with a center beam. Next, I placed four pieces of PVC corner board at the corners and used 2” stainless steel screws to fasten from inside of the wood frame to hide the screw inside. It’ just a nice finishing touch. Then I cut and fit four pieces of 1”x4” PVC trim and nailed them between the corner boards. Finally, I placed five pieces of PVC deck on top of the table frame and used 2” stainless steel screws to fasten. That’s it!
Here’s a detailed diagram to show you how it all fits together.
To find out where you can buy Inteplast Building Products DECK check Inteplast’s Where To Buy store locator to find it in your area. What makes Inteplast Building Products decking, corner board, and trim the best solution for building outdoor furniture is their built-in color technology which keeps your deck material vivid and bright even during the summer sun. Also, they are moisture resistant so you don’t have to worry about mold and rot that happens with traditional wood products. And that’s another perfect reason you can rest your cold homebrewed beverage on it without worry.
Have a great time building your outdoor end table.
Martin (and Harley)
Hi, Martin here. I recently helped a friend finish a laundry room with PVC beadboard, and I realized how this may be the perfect accessory product on the market. I kind of think of it as the ‘new’ wallpaper. Got a problem wall with blemishes or damaged drywall? I know how difficult it is to get a badly scarred wall smooth enough for paint after taking wallpaper down. Applying PVC beadboard, also called planking, is easy, cost-effective, and aesthetically pleasing without sanding, spackling, re-sanding, re-spackling…. Maybe the best reason to use PVC beadboard is it’s easy to clean and resists moisture, which makes it ideal for laundry and mudrooms. This is an easy weekend project to tackle using Inteplast Building Products PVC beadboard. I found the laundry room build out project information on Inteplast’s YouTube Channel. Check it out here. Also, here are the step-by-step instructions.
Materials you’ll need:
The PVC Planking is perfect for a laundry room because it wipes clean with just a soapy sponge. It comes in 8’ long planks. If you are only doing half of your wall you can easily cut the planks into 4’ sections. With the trim board and cap, the wall will be a little over 4‘ tall.
Measure out how much material you’ll need. Remember, if you are only covering part of your wall, each 8’ section of planking will yield two pieces.
Cut out holes for the plumbing and electrical outlets and apply the planking with finishing nails and PVC Cement. The planks have a tongue-and-groove feature, so it’s easy to lock them together for a smooth join.
To finish off the beadboard install PVC cap to the top edge of the installed planking with finishing nails and PVC cement. Attach the PVC trimboard and quarter round with stainless steel finishing nails and PVC cement. Reinstall the plumbing and electrical trim.
You’re done! The next time you spill something on the walls in the laundry room, just wipe it off with soap and water.
PVC beadboard is that singular product that you can use to create aesthetic details beyond just a coat of paint. Think kitchen island and countertop backsplash. Think bathtub surrounds and cabinet door cladding. Think floor-to-ceiling basement walls or ceilings themselves. PVC beadboard is perfect for subfloor basements because it resists mold and mildew.
If you’re looking for PVC beadboard in your area, check out Inteplast Building Products retail locator tool. I’m always ready to talk shop, so let me know what projects you’re working on. Thanks for reading.
In honor of National Puppy Day this week, here’s a Harley throwback pic of his puppy days!
Martin (and Harley)