a seasoned diyer puts those faux-finish kits to the test - stainless steel water bottles
We all want to use top-
In our home, but it usually takes a lot of money to do the right thing (
If you pay your career)or expertise (
If you do the job yourself).
But one way homeowners can reduce the cost and complexity of DIY projects is
Or buy some time for themselves until they can afford a professional makeover
Artificial finish is used.
From smooth paint imitating the appearance of the stone counter to
A wall panel, a gasket that looks like an adhesive.
Backing vinyl floor tiles, Crown styling and ceiling medals made of plastic, there is no shortage of shortcuts for DIY homeowners looking for quick style improvements.
"In almost every application, it's either a budget, or it's easy to install --
Sometimes there are both.
Look 'the product is worth a try,' said Sarah Fogel, who is behind the uglyducklinghouse blog. com.
For both reasons, a few years ago we used a man-made product in DIY kitchen remodel: the wall panels look like white siding, although they are actually just boards coated with particles.
They may not be the real deal, but the fact is that they are still an obvious improvement in our 1970-era ski lodge-
Like the kitchen when we first bought a house.
Fogle said that if a product does not need to support a lot of weight and will eventually be sewn and painted, it is much easier to cover up its human hematopoietic system.
"For example, the fake brick finish looks terrible when it's first installed, the odd thing is orange, but it looks great when the paint and seams are covered.
Fogel takes white marble as an example.
"It's beautiful, but it's expensive and heavy, and it's hard to install it yourself even if you can afford it," she said . ".
"Marble contact paper or resin/acrylic paint can be lighter, cheaper and easier to decorate on you," added Fogle . ".
"One of my friends chose the fake look, not the real deal, because she had three children under the age of 10, and she wanted furniture that she would not be afraid of because of dyeing or etching.
"Speaking of kids and white marble, I decided to try some artificial products myself --
Including a piece of marble.
Looking at the countertop paint kit from Giani.
We were happy with our butcher's counter so I wasn't going to spend the weekend painting them just to play football.
But inspired by a coffee cart I spied at the cafe, I decided to build a lemonade stand with a "marble" top for our daughter.
Since our kitchen remodel, I have used an old 1970 cabinet in the garage and removed the door as a man-made countertop.
The paint kit comes with almost everything you need, from the mini paint roller to multiple brushes and a space --age-Look at the sponge (
Optional spots for applying white highlights).
I wiped the cabinet door clean, lightly polished and applied two layers of primer, which required four painful
An hour of waiting between coats.
The instructions say, use this downtime to study the photos of the real marble counter and draw out where you want to draw the veins --
Iconic gray stripes of stone.
This part needs some tips from me, this is something that Jenn, founder of Build-, is generousBasic.
Com, be careful.
"The products made that look like real things will definitely be better than the kits that need your artistic perfection to get to the look," Largesse said . ".
Still, I can't open the paint.
2, ready to apply the network of gray veins.
I limped the included artist's brush in my palm as instructed, gently dragged and turned to it to create a thin gray river on the original white surface.
The next steps are mainly trial-and-error, spraying the gray stripe with the accompanying water bottle, and then dirty it with a brush for no reason.
The instructions urge you to watch the demo video online, which does help --
As you know, you can douse the disaster with water and wipe it all off before the gray paint dries (
I pressed the reset button twice).
The final touch is a transparent, smooth double coat.
Honestly, the top does look like marble when the booth is finished
Look from a distance
But I don't think anyone will be fooled at close range
Especially since the texture on the edge of the wood is slightly visible.
However, based on a very smooth laminated countertop, the effect may be more convincing.
It's not that you're always trying to fool people with these products.
Sometimes the goal is just to keep your mustard out of focus --
The yellow Fumika counter, so they won't have the show as the focus of your home.
At other times, artificial products can really deceive people, or at least deceive people, Fogel said.
"I have tried the hollow plastic fake crown molding material that you can cut with a tool knife, instead of calculating the actual crown.
"This is a faster installation, resulting in fewer battles," Fogle said . ".
"Yes, it's definitely not the same as the real deal, but there's very little looking up at the ceiling and checking the seams.
However, my other experiments were not so successful.
I bought a can of liquid stainless steel from Giani and if, say, one of your appliances is too good to throw, but doesn't match the other appliances in your kitchen.
In its jar, sparkling paint looks like molten metal, or a powerful potion you find at Hogwarts.
However, the effect is not so impressive: even after the five coats, it is like a metal painted carton for a kid's homemade robot costume.
I also bought Giani's Wood.
The exterior paint kit, designed to make las or aluminum doors look more solemn, I think I'll try it on the newly exposed pellet boards in the cabinet that become the front of the lemonade stand.
I doubt this product.
It is one thing to imitate the appearance of painted wood, such as plastic decoration or fiber --
The cement siding is OK, but it's another thing to copy the exposed wood grain.
But apply on the oak tree
Hued grain of a clumsy fiberglass glove is actually closer to fake than I thought.
Still, this is neither entirely convincing nor great
Look, so I turned to Plan B: paint the entire base cabinet White with the front blackboard paint.
Fogle says this is the right attitude when dealing with artificial products: avoid expensive kits and see the work as an experiment that may or may fail.
She said: "If you buy something cheap at the beginning, such as the furniture of the thrift store . . . . . . It's a little fun to see if you can make it look like something real . ".
"Then, when you're in the mood to sort it out or the piece is out of your taste, it's easier for you to give it up because you don't have much investment.
"Except for some artificial products that are more expensive than real products --
Such as composite floor or fiber
Cement siding designed as wooden partitions-
Don't expect artificial finishes to boost your family value.
"It is important to value the guiding value of the family," Largesse said . ".
"In an expensive neighborhood, for example, brushing flour into granite will definitely devalue the property.
However, in areas where laminated materials are commonly used, the appearance of Granite may be welcomed by potential rental r and buyers.
When in doubt, stick to the use of small devices and movable surfaces that can be easily replaced if needed.
"Arlington's agent, Adam Rosenbaum, was more direct in his assessment.
"Most buyers prefer real things, whether brick or siding," he said.
"Fakes are rarely found.
But before you can afford real goods
According to reinventing magazine's 80,000 cost, the average cost of a large kitchen renovation in the Boston area is nearly $2019.
Value Report, may take a while
There is no harm in pretending.
"It may take a while to find out your personal decor style, experiments like this let you play around until you find something worth investing in," Fogel said . ".
Cheap paint kit allows you to try the look of white quartz or gray granite countertops before entering one or another.
"Then you can splurge more confidently when you know you like it," she added . ".
"Or you might realize that you only like it because it's stylish and you'll be glad you didn't spend more money.
"Jon Gray wrote about the home of athseandhammer on his blog. com.
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