About Jessica Hastriter

Hello! I am the Director of Marketing & Advertising for Moscow & Pullman Building Supply. Some of my duties include coordinating events, managing advertising strategies, and vendor relations. Most importantly, enjoy my job!

How to Build a Raised Garden Bed

Raised garden beds have numerous benefits. Learn how to build a raised garden bed in this blog post!


Benefits of Raised Garden Bed:

  • Great for Beginners – If you’re new at gardening starting with a raised garden bed is a great idea! Raised beds offer numerous benefits that make gardening easier, see below why they’re an awesome way to start out!
  • They Look Nice – Raised garden beds offer a beautiful, clean, contained look for your garden. You can easily create a gorgeous gardening space with raised beds. TIP: Add pea gravel around your garden beds to add even more emphasis. This can also create a nice pathway to your garden and gravel can help create a weed barrier, making less upkeep.
  • Plant Earlier in the Season – You’ll notice on the back of your seed packet the ground needs to remain above a certain temperature for your seeds to germinate. The soil in a raised garden bed stays warmer than in-ground gardening, because the walls offer insulation, which means you can plant earlier.
  • Keep Out those Critters – By elevating your garden off the ground, you automatically help prevent bugs and critters in your garden. Dogs are less likely to trample or urinate in your garden if it’s in a raised bed. Obviously if deer are an issue, a raised bed alone will not deter them, but you can add a built-in deer fence around it. This is not only functional, but gives a polished look.
  • Easier on Your Back – Trust us, your back will thank you for building a raised bed because you won’t have to bend over as far. You can also sit on the edges to easily tend to your garden.
  • Better Drainage – If you’re next to a creek or in an area prone to flooding, a raised garden is just what the doctor ordered. Because your garden will be raised up off the ground, this allows for more drainage. Proper drainage is essential for a healthy and productive garden. You won’t have to worry as much about over-watering or root rot with proper watering in a raised garden bed.
  • Fewer Weeds – Most soil in raised garden beds does not require tilling, which means less work for you! Tilling can actually cause more weed growth in your garden, because when you cultivate soil, you’re also mixing in potential seeds and propagating. You won’t have to worry about this with a raised garden bed!


Sounds like fun, let’s get started!

Materials List:

  • Bloom InstaBrace – We sell these in a 4 pack, there are two different styles to choose from (sun & dragonfly). They are very easy to use!
  • Whitney Farms Organic Raised Bed Mix – You will need a soil blend specifically formulated for raised garden beds.
  • Wood of Your Choice – For this, use whatever wood you would like or have on-hand, you will need at least 4 pieces. Reclaimed or recycled wood will work great (just make sure they’re not too warped). We suggest using (3) 2’x4′, (2) 2’x6′, or (1) 2’x12′.
  • No tools necessary!

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • Step 1 Find a flat, level area that is large enough for your garden bed. TIP: Be sure to take into consideration the amount of sun or shade it gets, this will depend on what you plan on planting.
  • Step 2 Once you have your area set up, place all four InstaBraces in a square or rectangle (depending on the length of your boards and your desired shape).
  • Step 3 Starting in one corner, slide the end of your board into the brace, repeat until all boards are in the braces.
  • Step 4 Finally, add your soil and start planting! It’s as easy as that!

Gardening can be quite therapeutic and a great getaway from your hectic work life. So if not into gardening, why not try something new! You may just fall in love, please it’s not as difficult as it’s cracked up to be! Check out all our blogs for more DIY projects, tips, and inspiration!


Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |May 13th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|

Hydro Dipping

Let’s Hydro Dip. Once you learn how, you’ll be dipping everything you can!

Hydro Dipping, also known as immersion painting or water transfer painting, is a process where paint is applied to an object by dipping it in a water bath. Most any three dimensional object that can get submerged under water will work. Over the past few years Hydro Dipping has gained popularity and it is a fun and creative DIY activity. So, let’s get started!



  • The item(s) you want to dip (you can dip most anything, really). We’ll show you multiple examples. Ceramics, glass jars or bottles, and terracotta pots work great!
  • Rust-Oleum Bonding Primer Spray Paint
  • Rust-Oleum Spray Paint (pick 2-3 of your favorite colors – you will need at least 2 different colors and no more than 4).
  • Tub of water (make sure it’s a tub you don’t care if it gets dirty, it will get paint on it. Also be sure it is large enough to fit your item(s) and the water is deep enough to be completely submerged).
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rust-Oleum Clear Enamel Spray Paint (optional, apply for added protection)



  • If the item(s) you’ve select to hydro dip are slick, you will want to make sure to put down a coat of primer for a good base. The paint will adhere better and you’ll have better results. Wait for the paint to completely dry.
  • Start spraying your first color onto the top of the water in your tote. Make sure you spray in the middle as the paint will spread towards the tote walls. Take your second color and spray directly onto the surface of the water, again in the middle. Repeat. You’ll see the paint will start to look like a striped circle on the water.
  • Once you are done spraying your paint, you’re ready to dip! HINT: Make sure to wear gloves for this part. You will hold your item above the water and slowly start dipping it into the water. Make sure to take your time, so the slower the dip, will provide better coverage.
  • When your item is completely submerged, move it around underneath the water with one hand. With you other hand start clearing the surface of the water in a fanning motion, this will allow you to pull your project up out of the water without getting more paint on it.
  • Lift your item out of the water and gently shake off excess water. HINT: You can use a blow dryer to push off the remaining water droplets (use the low setting).
  • Let your project dry completely overnight. For added protection, coat with a clear finish.


We want to see your photos, but don’t forget to tag us at: @mbspbs & hashtag: #mpbsproject

Looking for more DIY projects, tips, and inspiration? Check out all our blogs. Also, shop our selection of Rust-Oleum spray paints in our stores.



Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |May 8th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|

Garage Storage Organization

Garage Storage Organization

Garage storage organization may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! We have all of the tools and gadgets in-stock to help you get your project done. Don’t forget to utilize our friendly curbside pick up and delivery options to place your order!

Here are a few products we suggest to tidy up that garage, workshop, tool shed, or basement:


Peg Board & Hooks – Peg board is a great option for tool organization because you can customize it to best fit your needs. Utilize space efficiently and have everything all in one place, plus it’s especially handy if you’re working with limited space.

Check out Onward Locking Peg Hook Assortment – 47 pc, Zinc

(Reg $12.49, sku: 23793R)

Bicycle Lift – Maximize your storage potential with a bicycle lift. The pulley system takes the ease out of lifting & safety lock helps prevent accidental release and falling down. This pulley system easily lifts bikes up to 44 pounds.

Please read directions before installation. Mounting surface must be strong enough to hold intended weight.

Check out Onward Bicycle Life – Black

(Reg. $22.99, sku: 2280BC)

Garage Organization System – Take care of clutter with this nine-piece organization kit. The optimal solution for your organizational needs! This organization kit can work in your garage, shed, utility closet, or even your laundry room. The nonslip hooks protect and safely store everything you need to hep clean up your area. Create storage space on the wall for power tools, brooms, long handled tools, ladders, extension cords, and more. Hooks can be arranged in different configurations to suit different needs.

Additional hooks and rails sold separately. 

Check out Onward Garage Storage Kit

(Reg. $49.99, sku: 29009s)

Want more fun projects to do around the house? Check out our blog Home Projects You Don’t Have to Leave the House For

See more products by Onward here.

By |May 7th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|

Home Projects – March 16, 2020

With all the hype of COVID-19 “Corona Virus” the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is encouraging anyone who feels under the weather to stay home and to socially distance yourself from large gatherings of people. As more people are staying home to avoid possibly exposure, we thought we could provide some positivity during these times. Here are a 8 home projects you can get done without even leaving the house.

8 Home Projects (without even leaving your home)

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By |March 16th, 2020|In Bloom on the Palouse|

The Dynamic Duo – March 3, 2020

Today’s blog post is all about Nathan & Chelsea – The Dynamic Duo! They work alongside each other in the Moscow Design Center. Why do we call them that? When approached to participate in a blog post, they insisted on doing it together. Sounds like a dream team if we’ve ever heard of one!


Who is this Dynamic Duo?

Nathan & Chelsea are in charge of our Moscow Design Center. They share the same title and responsibilities at the job: Cabinet Design, Sales & Installation.

Nathan has worked at Moscow Building Supply (MBS) for about 9 years to date. He started his career in the lumber yard back in 2010. As hands-on as that was, he wanted to be on the other side of the counter. When the opportunity to work at Master’s Touch Cabinetry, a local custom cabinetry company, presented itself he didn’t hesitate.

Here he built and installed custom cabinets. After about a year, he returned to MBS and worked in the rental department for a few years. He soaked up all the information he could there and made the transition to the Design Center.

As for Chelsea, she has worked in multiple departments during her 5 years of service at MBS. She began her career as a cashier in 2015 then worked her way into the Lawn & Garden department as a customer service associate. She eventually gravitated towards the Service Counter. This is where she could really hone in on customer service and broaden her product knowledge.

Chelsea wanted to expand her skill set, so when an opportunity in the flooring department opened, she took it. From that position, she transitioned into her current role in the Design Center quite naturally.


What do they do?

Nathan & Chelsea help make clients’ dream designs become a reality. They mainly work on kitchens and bathrooms and have designed spaces all over the area. They work with customers everywhere from Farmington, WA to Lewiston, ID.

When asked what a typical day looks like, they said they start by mapping everything out. They discuss customers’ needs and what needs done first, then what appointments they have scheduled, etc.

At this point, they are essentially serving customers’ needs by appointment only. When they’re not in the office meeting new customers or designing a client’s dream kitchen, they’re on the job site. They frequently take measurements or stop by installs to make sure it’s up to par. Some of their daily duties include coordinating appointments, meeting customers, designing custom spaces, and ordering product/materials.


Challenges, why not!?

This job can sometimes presents challenges. For example, mixing personal taste with customers’ choices can be difficult. But seeing the design take shape into something the customer loves is totally worth it. Chelsea says “The unexpected hurdles in an install can be challenging. There’s always a solution through conflict resolution and thinking outside of the box.” Both Nathan & Chelsea enjoy the challenges of day-to-day work in the Design Center.

Why MBS?

Nathan & Chelsea enjoy their jobs at MBS. “My favorite aspect of the job is building new relationships with clients.” said Nathan. “Also helping them realize their home improvement dreams can become a reality.” Chelsea enjoys being able to comfortably guide customers through the design process from start to finish. She loves giving customers the ability to create the kitchen of their dreams.

Nathan and Chelsea agree that MBS is a good company to work for. They both expressed it has a family atmosphere and the company offers genuine concern for its employee’s happiness and well-being. This is something that not all companies offer. Because MBS is family owned, they want to do their best to treat employees like family. Nathan & Chelsea are truly a part of the MBS family.

Also, what’s unique about MBS is the customer experience. “We care about every job from start to finish because those personal relationships are important to us.” said Chelsea. MBS offers all the tools and resources for a successful home improvement project. This includes having employees like Nathan & Chelsea who take the extra steps to make sure everything goes smoothly. They hold a job accountable even if MBS isn’t the ones doing the installation.


What else…? Fun Facts (of course)!

Nathan is originally from Pendleton, OR. He currently resides in Potlatch, ID where he purchased a home in 2019. He likes woodworking, building furniture, hiking, riding dirt bikes, being outside in nature with his girlfriend, Kelli, who also works at MBS.

Chelsea grew up in Deary, ID and rents a duplex in Moscow, ID. She enjoys getting lost in a good book and playing sports like basketball and tennis. She also loves spending time in the outdoors around a fire with friends and her boyfriend Hayden, who she met through MBS.

Next time you’re in the Design Center, make sure to say hi the dynamic duo. Keep up the good work Nathan & Chelsea!

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog, want more? Check out our other blogs: Let’s DIY & In Bloom on the Palouse.


Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |March 3rd, 2020|Cabinet Chat - Design Blog|