Watching the temps plunge this week sure does feel like the winter season is finally upon us—which means the holidays are right around the corner. Which also means I’m in a festive mood for some DIYing. If you saw my Fall Sign project post back in October, you know I like my holiday signs. Decorative holiday signs are some of the easiest ways to add creative touches—that aren’t over-the-top—to your front door, front porch, entry wall, fireplace mantel, or anywhere else you want a pop of holiday cheer.
Lately I’ve been using Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for a ton of home decorating and crafting projects as well. So I had some leftovers (from a cool project I’ll share in January) to create this Christmas sign. The planks come in five color kits: Sierra Brown, Reclaimed White, River Grey, Whitewashed Pine, and a multi-color kit. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit, which is what I used. Here’s how to do it:
Materials you’ll need:
Being the multi-crafter that I am, I have a handy-dandy Cricut (pronounced cricket) die cut machine, so I made my own “All is Bright” decal. But you can find some amazing decals online in shops like Etsy.
First, I cut the Accent Planks to the length I wanted them. You’ll want to consider the size of the Accent Planks when choosing your frame size so you don’t have to make too many cuts. I had to rip cut one board to fit because I used an existing frame I had. You’ll also want to make sure that the depth of the frame allows for the planks. I actually had to tape the back of mine because my frame was just a tiny bit too narrow. But hey, it’s the back, nobody will see it.
Next, cut your own lettering if you aren’t using a premade decal. If you order your decal on line, make sure the dimensions will fit inside the visible area of the frame. And of course, the same goes for if you are making your own decal as well.
Before you apply the vinyl design to glass, clean the glass well. If there is any debris on the glass when you apply the vinyl, trust me, you’ll create visible bubbles in the vinyl, and once they’re on there, good luck getting them out.
Lay the vinyl decals on the glass and determine where you want to place them. Use a cutting mat or measuring board of some type to make sure that your glass is level and centered before applying the vinyl.
Next, apply the vinyl as directed by the manufacturer. If you are a Cricut user, you know to use your transfer tape.
Then, place the Accent Planks into the frame over the glass. Finally, apply the backing, turn it over, and decide whether you are going to give it away as a gift or save it for yourself. I still haven’t decided, but honestly, it’s such a quick and easy project, I still have time to make another one and keep it for me!
That really is all there is to this project. It’s quick, it’s fun, and there’s no limit to the rustic-looking holiday décor you come up using Inteplast Accent Planks. They’re beautiful, inexpensive, and come without the splinters! So here’s to making a DIY list, and checking it twice, ‘cause there are only a few days left to create for everybody who’s nice. Thanks for reading!
Hello all, Martin here with you this week. Holiday gatherings are supposed to be cheerful occasions, right? Well, tell that to my mother who, although she’s hosted our family event every year for the last twenty years, still freaks out each December because she thinks her home is never guest-ready. Of course she doesn’t have the time or the budget for a complete renovation overhaul—nor does she need to go to that extreme. But, as I always do this time each year, I listen to her concerns and offer up some advice—and my DIY assistance, and we narrow down her wish list. This year, it’s her walls.
She has some faded and stained walls in the main bathroom and the guest bedrooms that could use some fresh paint. But if she paints those walls, she’ll want to repaint the whole house (believe me, I know my Mom) and there’s not enough time for that. So I said, “How about let’s add a small-scale does of rustic charm to those walls?” Using weathered wood-look Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s, we’ll create focal points that will draw the guest’s eyes away from the rest of the ugly walls. Here’s what we did.
Weathered Wood-look Headboard
For a warm, cottage-inspired look, we used the Accent Planks to create a headboard in each of the bedrooms to make the guests feel comfortable. Installing Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s is literally a one-person job. The planks are lightweight and install with a light construction adhesive. So there is no need to find and mark studs, or hammer and nails. These Accent Planks are the perfect alternative to real reclaimed wood because you don’t have to worry about the planks splitting—or splinters falling on your guests while they’re snoozing. Each kit covers 15 square feet and includes ten 4.5” x 4’ planks, and is available in four colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, Reclaimed White, and Whitewashed Pine. Or you can choose the Multicolor kit which include 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey, and 3 Reclaimed White planks. For complete instructions, check out this blog post.
Bathroom Accent Wall
For a warm, cozy, cottage-inspired look, we used the Accent Planks to create an eye-catching herringbone wall behind the vanity in the main bathroom. Because these Accent Planks from Lowe’s are moisture resistant, they’re the perfect product to use for high-moisture rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. In addition to being lightweight, they come prefinished, and there’s no major wall prep that needs to be done first. And, I saved the best part for last: they’re completely removable and replaceable because they’re installed with Command Strips™ from 3M.
Obviously, a complete room-by-room renovation before the holidays is out of the question, but these projects are quick and easy, and won’t bust the wallet. You still have plenty of time to get these projects done. For more Accent Plank inspiration, check out the rest of Design Next Door blog. Here’s to gearing up for the holidays! Thanks for reading.
Are you a I-gotta-have-that-DIY-product person that lines up to buy it minutes after it hits the shelves? Well here’s the product you’ve been waiting for, available in your local Lowe’s retail stores or online—Inteplast Accent Planks.
Inteplast Accent Planks are your best choice to achieve the trending beautiful reclaimed wood look. They are easy to install and are removable, allowing you the freedom to get just the right look for your home. So what else are they?
Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s can be used in an amazing variety of residential and commercial applications, from standard vertical and horizontal patterns to out-of-the-box disruptive configurations.
Each kit sold at Lowe’s contains 10 planks, enough to cover 15 sq. ft. The kits also come with CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M for an easy install. The design applications are numerous: focal walls, ceilings, doors, any smooth interior surface. Because they moisture-resistant, they’re especially great for use in high-moisture areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s not too early to start thinking about home décor craft projects or DIY gifts to give. Inteplast Accent Planks are extremely versatile you can use them in so many creative ways. How about a spice rack? A fall Décor sign? A picture frame backdrop? A headboard? The possibilities are endless.
Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products are now available in select Lowe’s stores across the country, as well as on lowes.com. Lowe’s will feature Inteplast Accent Planks in its Innovation merchandising displays in-store. To purchase Accent Planks or check local availability, visit Inteplast’s retail locator or lowes.com.
This year marked my first baby steps toward softening my stance on using a product other than wallpaper to create a stunning accent wall. I love that wallpaper can give a wall a three-dimensional look in vibrant patterns, but I found myself drawn to the rustic-chic option of the weathered wood-look. However, I didn’t want to deal with splinters or nail holes all over the wall if I changed my mind. That’s why I chose Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s for my dining room makeover project. Made with a PVC substrate, these Accent Planks are a new product line that is quickly and easily installed with CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M. Since it’s my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, I wanted to do a quick dining room pick-me up that would put a little punch into our get-together—and these Accent Planks are so easy to install, one person can tackle the job in a weekend.
Collaborating closely with my DIY expert (the hubby), I first explored the brand’s different wood grain finishes—and they have a lot: Sierra Brown, River Grey, Whitewashed Pine, Reclaimed White, and a multicolor kit with an assortment of each. That’s what we used.
The only wall prep we had to do was take down the curtains and curtain rod and wipe down the wall with isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
We laid out our pattern on the floor first, and measured and cut the planks to fit our pattern. We made some of the planks long and some short. The randomness of the lengths gives the wall character.
The installation was a breeze because of the CommandTM strip system. So should the mood take you, you can effortlessly remove and replace the planks and then rearrange them into a completely new pattern—say a herringbone or a chevron. Be careful, there are some comparable products on the market that have self-adhesive backing, but they aren’t removable without doing damage to your walls.
Inteplast Accent Planks from Lowe’s come prefinished and ready to install. You can also cut the planks with regular woodworking tools. The planks are lightweight, which means this was a quick, one-husband-job. And it’s done in plenty of time before the family arrives for Thanksgiving. I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading. Enjoy your time with your family and friends this holiday.
Hello fellow DIYers, it’s Martin with you this week. I just realized that there are (gulp!) only 53 days until Christmas. That means I have to plan my handsomely homemade gift list now before I run out of time. As you know, I’m very passionate about giving people gifts that I’ve made. For me, it’s a chance to use my hands and my mind to make something unique that connects with an individual friend and family member on a personal level. Wow, that was deep. That and I just really like cutting and nailing stuff. But I know how traumatic it can be when you get a homemade gift from someone and you have no idea what it is…and of course you can’t ask. Well, I promise you, you won’t get that response with these DIY gift ideas. All three of these projects use Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks that you can buy from your local Lowe’s. The reclaimed or weathered wood look is a favorite right now. These Accent Planks can do the job without the splinters or the hammer and nails. If you plan accordingly, you’ve got time to make all three of these for those on your ‘Nice’ list.
Weathered Wood-Look Chalkboard
I’m a huge retro and vintage décor buff, and old-school chalkboards are awesome in my book. A couple of months ago I made this chalkboard message board for my own kitchen, and since then have had numerous requests to make them for others. With the Accent planks, a few other materials, and just a couple of hours of time, you can pull this project off in plenty of time for the holidays. Check out the instructions on Design Next Door here.
Accent Plank Picture Frame Backdrop
This picture frame backdrop made from Inteplast’s Accent Planks adds the same weathered character to any wall in your house as the chalkboard does. The best thing about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is they aren’t permanent. They’re completely removable and replaceable because you use Command Strips by 3M® to install them. I used the multicolor kit for these projects, but you might want to go a little lighter with the whitewashed pine kit. Here are the complete instructions.
Stylish Weathered Spice Rack
I made this for my mom—my favorite cook—because her spice rack…well, she didn’t have a spice rack. She just threw them into her kitchen cabinet in an unorganized mass of bottles and jars. Not only is this spice rack functional, it’s stylish in weathered wood-look Accent Planks. This is the perfect DIY gift for the person in your life who loves to cook. Again, this is a get-it-done-in-a-couple-of-hours project.
I guarantee these DIY gifts won’t get the eye roll or the confused look of what to do with it. With 53 days, you've got plenty of time. For more DIY gift ideas, check out the Design Next Door blog and get inspired. Thanks for reading!
When I was a kid my parents took me on a trip to Graceland—Elvis’s mansion in Memphis, Tennessee for those who live under a rock. I have to admit, I had no idea who Elvis was at the time, but when I got there and saw the shag green carpet on the walls, I became a fan. I begged my parents for months after that visit to let me put carpet on my walls. They said NO. Now as an adult, my tastes have evolved. So when a friend wanted my advice on creating an accent wall (she was unaware of the carpet request or she probably wouldn’t have asked for my opinion), I told her about Accent Planks from Inteplast Building Products, available at Lowe’s. They’re inspired by the weathered look of reclaimed wood, but they’re made from PVC so no splinters or bugs to worry about. They are easy to install, moisture resistant, and completely removable. I offered to help my friend install the planks, but she said, “no way, I got this.” Here is how easy it is to do yourself.
First, figure out how many Accent Planks you’ll need. Measure the height and width of the wall to calculate the required square footage. Each kit of planks covers 15 square feet. Remember to acclimate the planks to your room temperature at least 24 hours before you install them.
Next, wipe down the wall you want to install the planks using isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Don’t use general household cleaners because they can be too harsh. If you recently painted the wall, make sure you wait seven days before installing the Accent Planks.
Now comes the fun part. Figuring out the pattern orientation. These Accent Planks are versatile and you can run them horizontal, vertical, or even a herringbone pattern. It’s a good idea to map out an area on the floor the same size as the wall you’ll be covering and arrange the planks to determine the balance of color and pattern before you install them. There aren’t any rules: you can run the grain patterns in the same direction, or opposite direction.
Once you have the layout arranged, it’s time to cut your planks to make them fit. The cool thing about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is they can be trimmed using a chop saw, a table saw, or a fine tooth miter box saw. No special tools needed.
Then, at the top of the wall where you plan to start your planks, use a level and a pencil and draw a line on the wall to use as a guide for your starter row of planks.
Oh, I forgot to mention…no hammer or nails needed. Inteplast’s Accent Planks are installed using Command® Picture Hanging Strips from 3M®—which are included with each kit. You can however use construction adhesive or finishing nails if you want the planks to be permanent.
Place adjoining planks at varying lengths leaving a 1/32” gap between planks to allow for expansion. Continue until the first row is complete. Offset the second row 6-12” or as desired to achieve an appropriate design. Repeat until the wall is covered.
And if you thought it couldn’t get any easier, check this out. Inteplast’s Accent Planks are completely removable. So if you get a plank crooked during installation, or you don’t like the color plank you just placed, just remove it and replace it.
Carefully lift the bottom of the plank, pull it up and away to expose the Command® fasteners. Don’t pull the planks straight off because it can damage your wall. Adjust the plank ore replace, then push the plank back onto the fasteners and push at each strip until you hear a click.
To completely remove the strip, grip the tab and slowly stretch the strip straight down against the wall until it releases, about 12 inches. Don’t pull the strip towards you.
That’s it! A quick and easy do-it-in-a-weekend project.
Inteplast’s Accent Planks are practically maintenance-free. The PVC substrate means they’re water resistant, which makes them a great product for high-moisture areas like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. For occasional cleaning, just use a mild soap solution on a damp cloth and wipe dry.
These Accent Planks are a great option to transform regular walls into conversation pieces. Not that green shag carpet wouldn’t be a conversation starter, but this option is a little more practical. Thanks for reading, and always, I’m here if you want to talk shop.
Ever walk into someone’s house and just drool a puddle on their carpet as you stare mouth-gaped at the beautiful, thick, or wide moulding that seems to cover every square inch? I don’t mind telling you that I have been known to do it. The old saying goes what’s old is new again, and that definitely applies to the style of today’s moulding. Moulding found in period homes of the 18th and 19th centuries tended to be wider, thicker, and more ornate compared to the more narrow, let’s just say it—boring and flat designs—of the 20th and first part of the 21st centuries. But with a trending taste towards old-world craftsmanship details, wide and thick are in again. Alas, that doesn’t mean you have to rip out every inch of moulding and start from scratch to have a hip house. Build up what you’ve already got. By combining several moulding profiles you can create looks inspired by historical periods with a fresh, modern vibe—from floor to ceiling and everything in between. Inteplast Building Products prefinished moulding, which you can buy at your local Lowe’s, has several profiles and prefinished colors, perfect for creating these DIY custom-look buildups.
Crown Moulding Buildup
You may think crown moulding’s only function is to cover up that wall paint you got on the ceiling, but that’s only a fraction of the power crown can have on a room. A single piece of moulding can do the job, but if you want to make a statement—whether traditional or something more ornate—putting three moulding profiles together will get you what you’re after. Ken O’Brien, author of the Joy of Moldings blog, offers tips and step-by-step instructions on installing three-piece crown moulding.
Moving our way down the wall, if you’re stuck with a fireplace from the minimalism design trend, you may not even have a mantel. Or you could have a fireplace that just has a so-so mantel that needs some pizazz. Using a moulding buildup, you can create a historically inspired, more substantial mantel that can make your fireplace the focal point of the room—even when there’s no fire. The folks from JLC Online show you how to build a Federal style mantel buildup, or check out Binkies and Briefcases DIY floating fireplace mantel that’s a bit more traditional with some small ornate touches.
Just because they’re near the floor doesn’t mean they shouldn’t stand out. Just like crown moulding, tall baseboard moulding designs add character and a bit of historic charm to any room. By adding a second piece of moulding, or heck, even a third, you can create modern farmhouse looks or romantic Victorian looks by stacking baseboards and shoe moulding pieces. Visit the Joy of Moldings blog again for how-to’s.
Mirror and Picture Frame Moulding Buildups
Do you have a not-so-standard size photo or piece of art that you’d like to frame, but can’t find an off-the-shelf frame to fit the dimensions or your style? How about a bathroom mirror that’s losing its reflective coating from the edges? By building up moulding, you can create your own custom picture or mirror frame in using traditional profiles or more ornate ones—depending on the look you’re after. The folks from Reality Day Dream show how they did created a picture frame using three different moulding profiles.
The power moulding has to transform a home is almost unbelievable. With just a couple of Inteplast’s prefinished profiles from Lowe’s, you can add to what you already have, creating a more substantial moulding reminiscent of days gone by—whether it’s on your ceiling, your floors, or hanging on your walls. Happy moulding, and thanks for reading. As always, let us see what projects you’re working on. And visit our Pinterest page for more ideas.
I’m not the most hands-on-person when it comes to doing home repair or remodeling projects—it’s easier for me to pick up the phone and call a professional that has way more experience than I do. But I do roll up my sleeves way before I make that call and educate myself on what it is I want, or think I want, so I can ask the most informed questions and know what kind of materials I want for the project.
Even a recent moulding installation project had me shaking my head with the amount of options and things to consider when it comes to choosing profiles, heights, distances, etc. You would think installing moulding would just be a no-brainer. But did you know that the right moulding can make a small room look larger, a large room look smaller, add upscale detail, and even enhance the value of your home?
The video below, Moulding Basics, from Inteplast Building Products is a quick 1 minute primer on what moulding can do for your room. You can purchase Inteplast’s moulding products from Lowe’s, so take a field trip to your local store and see the products in person. They come in too-many-to-name-here profiles and colors. They’re pre-finished, lightweight, and easy to install for those DIY aficionados and wannabes out there. Even if you aren’t the do it yourself type, your contractor will appreciate their easy workability too.
I hope this video gets you started. For more detailed information about the different moulding profiles, options, and inspiration, visit Inteplast’s website. I’m Jennifer, and thank you for reading!
Hello my fellow DIY friends, Andrea here with you this week. This fall project is sooooo easy, you’re gonna say: ”This can’t be all there is to it.” Well, it really is that simple. In fact, you can start on it five minutes before Thanksgiving guests arrive and still have it done in time to cook the Turkey. I wouldn’t recommend waiting until then to do it. But you could if you wanted to.
Last month I tackled a weathered wood-look headboard using Inteplast Accent Planks that I purchased from Lowe’s. I had some planks left over so I decided to do a quick fall décor project. I have a couple more planks left over, so stay tuned for an easy-peasy Christmas-themed project idea coming up next month. So, without further ado…ta-dah, here it is!
Now, I have a Cricut (pronounced cricket, yep, like the insect) die cut machine so I created all of the die cuts. But you can just as easily do this with some wall decals that you can find online in shops like Etsy. Here is a link to decals for the word Thankful , and here is a link to fall leaves decals. Just make sure the size of the decals fit your accent plank, or planks if you use more than one.
For this project, I used an accent plank in Sierra Brown, but there are several other color options to choose from: Reclaimed White, River Grey, and Whitewashed Pine. And for those who can’t quite make up your mind, they have a multi-color kit that includes 4 Sierra Brown, 3 River Grey and 3 Reclaimed White.
One of the best things about these Accent Planks from Lowe’s is that you hang them using Command™ Strips from 3M. That means there is no damage to the wall or the plank when you take it down at the end of the season. Also, if you don’t like where you put it, you can take it down and rehang it somewhere else.
So, here’s all the materials you need:
Then, lay the decals out on the board and determine where you want to place them.
Then, you peel off the backing and apply the decals to the board. Once your lettering and leaves are in place, apply the CommandTM Strips from 3M and hang the sign on the wall.
I promise you, there are no hidden steps that you’ve missed. I told you it was easy. I wish you all the fun and joy of trying this project for yourself. It’s definitely one of those that you can let the kids do as well. See how creative you can get for the holidays. Thanks for reading!
Hello readers, Jennifer here with you this week with some decorative moulding installation tips and tricks to help you spruce up any room. I remember visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina as a child and my eyes were instinctively drawn to the opulent wide crown moulding in each of the rooms. Obviously the decorative moulding in my house isn’t on the same par as ‘America’s Largest Home,’ but I’ve got some fancy moulding in a few places that I’m pretty proud to show off. No matter that it looks lavish, moulding is actually the one easy-to-do, inexpensive design element that can make rooms seem taller or shorter, elegant, contemporary or traditional, and can even cover up wall and ceiling flaws. And, if you use decorative moulding by Inteplast Building Products, which you can find at Lowe’s, it’s easy to install yourself because it’s lightweight; you can use either construction adhesive or finishing nails; it comes in a variety of profiles and colors; and it’s prefinished so no painting or staining needed. Here are some common tips and tricks for decorative moulding installation.
First things first. You do not have to be a professional to install crown moulding. That’s the great thing about using Inteplast’s moulding—it’s light weight so one person could handle the job. Of course, if you aren’t installing in a typical square room, things might be a little more complicated. Here are some installation tips from View Along the Way:
If you are installing chair rail or wainscoting, the height of placement depends on the style you’re going for, not to mention the dimensions of your room. Typically you install it between 26 to 32 inches, but those lines get blurred depending on whether you want a more traditional look or more of a contemporary look. To get technical, a good rule to follow is to install the chair rail or wainscoting at 25% of the height of the room. For example, in a room with an 8-foot ceiling, install the chair rail 32 inches from the floor. But the fact is, where you install it comes down to personal style and taste.
Love the look of wide moulding but hate what it would do to your budget? Here’s a cost-effective trick to get the same beautiful look without the added materials. Above your baseboard, and the height is entirely what you want it to be, add an piece of trim—base cap or shoe—and then apply paint to the wall between the two pieces of moulding. Visit The House of Smiths blog to see how they did it.
So you don’t live in the Biltmore. There’s no reason you can’t add some opulence of your own making to your humble abode that might just make you feel like a Vanderbilt. I hope you find these moulding tips helpful. Thanks for reading, I’m Jennifer. Until next time, happy moulding!