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Easy Shim Wreath For Fall

Let’s create a super simple and easy fall wreath from minimal materials! We enjoy the clean, modern aesthetic of this wreath and will provide easy instructions on how you can create your own below!

Shims are thin strips of material used to fill gaps or space between objects. This functional material also can be used to make some fun and easy fall projects. Shims are already cut to size, affordable, and easy to work with. You can find them in the lumber yard at Moscow & Pullman Building Supply. Another option would be to cut to size 1.5” x 8” strips of wood to make your own from survey stakes, posts, or any scrap wood you having laying around!

Materials:

  • (2) 8” Shim Packages (14-16 ct)
  • Hot Glue & Glue Gun
  • Oil-Based Stain of Your Choice
  • 2” Natural Bristle Paint Brush
  • Ribbon or Floral Accents
  • 12″ Wood Wreath Base

 

Instructions:

  1. Prep your space for staining. Newspapers or plastic work great as a dropcloth. Make sure to select a well ventilated room or outdoors for staining.
  2. Stir stain and apply with a natural bristle brush to approximately 20-24 shims. Make sure to coat the sides and ends. Staining the back is optional. Let dry for at least one hour before handling.
  3. Use a hot glue gun to attach shims to the 12” wreath base. Apply your first one parallel to the frame. Subsequently apply each shim about 1” apart from each other on the base until you make your way around the entire circular frame (see video for shim placement).
  4. Adorn wreath with floral accents or ribbon of your choice.

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

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Thanks for reading,

Holly Broenneke

Associate Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |October 5th, 2020|Blog, DIY Enthusiasts|

Indoor Plants

Looking for Indoor Plants? You’ve come to the right place. If you haven’t been in our stores before, you’re missing out.

Our nursery buyer, Barb, does her best keeping us in stock of beautiful indoor plants. Varieties differ depending on the time of year, shipment schedule, and product availability. A good majority of the time you can find Monstera, Succulents, Cacti, Spider Plants, Pothos, and Ficus.

What are the benefits of Indoor Plants?

Instantly add life to any sterile or plain space with a plant. Indoor plants can help boost mood or make you feel calm, which is important especially in a time when so many people are spending more time at home than ever. Whether you have the winter blues, are stuck in quarantine, or have to work or study from home…  you should seriously consider adding an indoor plant to your space.

Plants remove carbon dioxide from the air during photosynthesis, which can help us feel less fatigued and can contribute to our overall well-being. Feel less stressed knowing that some houseplants can even remove indoor air pollutants commonly released such as ammonia, benzene, or formaldehyde. Rest easy knowing you’re breathing in healthy, clean air because plants are natural air purifiers!

Larger Plants 

Large plants can instantly change the atmosphere of a room by adding warmth to the space. They can also be strategically placed to add movement, texture, or draw your eye as a focal piece. Help break up a plain wall or big space with larger potted plants in decorative ceramic pots or baskets.

Quick tips, make sure to allow for ample space with any larger houseplant. You’ll want to ensure the plant is potted in a large enough container to allow for healthy root system growth and for proper drainage. Follow your plant’s instructions when it comes to watering needs. Most larger houseplants need watered about once a week, or when the soil feels dry. We suggest using Miracle Gro Potting Mix, to help protect against under and over-watering. As with most plants, be sure to consider your plant’s sunlight needs and location when adding it to your home.

Some of our favorite larger indoor plants include Ficus, Palms, and Monstera.

Ficus
There are many types of Ficus plants. Also known as a Rubber Plant, this specific ficus showcases variegated leaves, adding to it’s beauty. They are known to live for many years, in proper living conditions.
Photographed: Ficus ‘Tineke’

Palms
Add an instant tropical feel to any room with a palm. This specific palm in most happy when the soil is kept moist, but not soggy. Misting your palm can help keep in moisture, too.
Photographed: Palm ‘Chamaedorea Cataractarum’

Monstera
Monstera plants are a beautiful addition to any space and are gaining popularity in the interior design world. Their large, split leaves are a captivating focal piece for any room with sufficient space.
Photographed: Philodendron ‘Monstera Deliciosa’


Medium Plants 

Choosing a plant that is smaller offers more choices for location. For example, you can place them on your coffee table or end table without overtaking the entire space, or having to worry about seeing through the plant while visiting with company. Small to medium sized plants act as great accent pieces to any space, ideal for book shelves, in a home office or learning space.

Another beautiful option for medium sized plants in hanging them from the ceiling. Make sure to securely fasten your hook, ensure the hardware, and rope can withstand the plant and pot’s weight load before hanging. This look has become popular because they don’t take up a lot of table or counter space, while still adding warmth. Adding a hanging plant to your bathroom, bedroom, or above your kitchen sink has never been easier. You can see hanging plants often in Bohemian designs where they incorporate different textures like macrame ropes, doilies, or other mandala style, colorful textiles.

Some of our favorite medium sized plants include Draceneas, Pothos, and Ferns.

Draceneas
Draceneas come in multiple varieties, this Flordia Beauty is a slow-growing evergreen plant. It requires bright, but not direct light and a snug pot.
Photographed: Dracaena Surculosa ‘Flordia Beauty’

Pothos
Pothos are one of the more popular houseplants because they are easy to care for. Be prepared to find sufficient space for your Pothos because they can grow to over 20′ long! They will thrive in indirect sunlight and in a container with good drainage.
Photographed: Hawaiian Pothos

Ferns
The White Rabbit’s Foot fern in named for it’s unique, furry air roots that grow out the sides of the container. It is most happy with regular fertilization and in the indirect sunlight exposure of an eastern facing window.
Photographed: Fern ‘White Rabbit’s Foot’


Succulents, Sedums & Cacti

If you’re looking for a low maintenance plant, this might be right up your alley! Succulents, Sedums, and Cacti are overall fairly easy to take care of because they need minimal watering. These types of plants require a container or pot with excellent drainage to help avoid root rot. We suggest selecting a soil that is specifically formulated to dry out quicker with fast-draining formula, thus helping prevent over-watering. Miracle Gro Cactus, Palm, & Citrus Potting Mix is a good choice. Adding pebbles to the bottom of your pot will add even more drainage.

A few benefits to succulents, sedums, and cacti are they come in so many different shapes, colors, and sizes. This allows you to pick the perfect plant that will fit your style, match your color scheme, or add the right amount of pizzazz to your space. These plants are so versatile, they can be used individually or in arrangements, even grouped together in a wreath or centerpiece for the holidays. They fit well on desks, book shelves, and small areas.

 

Succulents
Great for your home, office, dorm, or apartment… Succulents are versatile because of their small size. Just make sure to keep in mind most succulents do require adequate sunlight.
Photographed: Various Succulents

Sedums
The branches of this specific sedum, the ‘Burrito,’ can be fragile and heavy, so be careful when transplanting. It can be propagated if any of the leaves fall off. A trailing growth habit makes it perfect for hanging baskets. It prefers a location in full to partial shade. 
Photographed: Sedum Morganianum ‘Burrito’

Cacti
Cacti are an excellent low-maintenance option since they do not need much water or care. Be careful when potting, their spikes can easy poke and break off into your skin. We suggest wearing leather gloves.
Photographed: Various Cacti


Whether you consider yourself a green thumb or not, our staff is more than happy to help assist in anyway we can. Stop by to see our selection in each store today. Our indoor plant shipments normally come in on Thursdays, but do vary due to availability. If you have a specific plant in mind, feel free to call, email, or message us to check if it’s in stock. We’d be more than happy to help look into it!

Due to space limitations, we physically cannot house as large of a selection of indoor plants in our Moscow location. What we have will be located on the right-side of the sliding entrance door on a round table. Our retail space is larger in our Pullman location, meaning more plants! We have a full indoor nursery, which you can find just past our Lawn & Garden department or through our Outdoor Garden Center.

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Thanks for reading,

Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

By |September 9th, 2020|In Bloom on the Palouse|

Let’s Talk Butcher Block

Let’s talk butcher block!

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, Butcher Block is a great option for countertops! People tend to shy away from Butcher Block saying” “they’re too much maintenance and I’m afraid it will stain or scratch.” The reality of it is, not everything you hear is true.  In fact, for the past century and a half, Europe has considered wood the preferred material for kitchen countertops. Wood is a sustainable resource that provides outstanding durability while adding a natural beauty and warmth to the space. Unlike quartz, wood countertops are eco-friendly. They do not attribute to water or noise pollution. It’s no wonder it’s such a desirable choice!

Now offered at Moscow & Pullman Building Supply is CafeCountertops.  These solid wood countertops are food-prep safe and produced here in the USA! With the ability to use these countertops basically anywhere, they are built to withstand temperature changes and moisture. This means they’re not only great for accent areas like in your island, but can be used in sink or cooktop areas without fear.

Hand-Rubbed Oil Finish delivers an effective combination of food-prep-safety and easy, long term care. The blend of food-safe oil and hard natural waxes create a food-safe finished product that has excellent moisture resistance that blocks out liquids and dirt. Scratches made with this surface can be removed, too! Maintenance for this finish is an easy, twice-yearly treatment. Enjoy the convenience & protection of this finish, which is recommended for kitchens.

Super Top-Coat Finish is considered a permanent finish option. This finish is idea for bathrooms, bars, or furniture (like tables). This, much like any other clearcoat, cannot offer a food-prep-safety guarantee (in other words, it’s not meant for chopping like the hand-rubbed oil is). It is suitable for both standard and commercial or bar grades, that are non-food-prep areas. It is also an additional cost.

With 16 edge profiles available to choose from, you can customize your countertops to fit your style! Match pre-existing countertop edges, or create a fresh, new look to accentuate your space.  Premium, custom edges are available, too!

Ask out design center pros for more information on these countertop edge profiles. Also find tangible countertop samples in our store, so you can check them out in-person.

For CafeCountertops with the Hand Rubbed Oil Finish, an easy wipe-on wipe-off procedure needs to be completed twice a year. It contains an all-natural wax blend that effectively repels moisture, making them completely suitable for areas next to sinks. However, we do not recommend letting water stand on the worktop surface for long periods of time. Another great aspect to this countertop option, is they are stain resistant. So, no need to worry if you spill heavily-pigmented foods such as red wine or yellow mustard on your countertop! All of the standard finishes block out dirt and stains. Food and drink should, however be wiped clean with a mild soap and towel. Comparatively, this maintenance is significantly less than what is required of other butcher block brands.

The Super-Top Coat is an optional finish, equivalent to other brand’s ‘permanent’ or ‘waterproof’ finishes. CafeCountertops encourages you to do your research about this finish to see if it’s right for you based on your desired countertop application and/or location. We suggest visiting CafeCountertops’ FAQs page for more information on solid wood countertops care and maintenance.

 

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Jessica Hastriter

Director of Marketing & Advertising

 

By |August 24th, 2020|Cabinet Chat - Design Blog|

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|

DIY Fire Pit Kit

Transform your backyard into a space the whole family will enjoy. With this DIY Fire Pit Kit, installation is as easy as 1-2-3!

STEP 1: Find a level area that is at least 3′ away from potential hazardous debris like foliage, tree branches, buildings, etc. Make sure the location you choose for your firepit is the permanent location as you will not be able to move it once assembled.

STEP 2: Start by placing the round firepit insert on the ground, you’ll place the first course of bricks around, continue placing the next course in a staggered pattern.
Depending on the height of your firepit, you will want to apply the adhesive to at least the top two courses to ensure stability.

STEP 3: Once all courses are installed, top the firepit with the round firepit insert. Lastly, for safety measures, you will want to fill the firepit with gravel up until the interior bricks are no longer visible. All materials are supplied, except the gravel is sold separately. Gravel is available in bags or bulk goods, of your choice.

Bring your outdoor vision to life with hardscapes from Belgard. Pavers, wall blocks and more available at Moscow & Pullman Building Supply. Call for details on stock and availability.

Bulk landscaping material also available. Check out our selection here.

By |May 8th, 2020|DIY Enthusiasts|