Marble is definitely the creme de la creme when it comes to countertops. But it can also break the bank when it comes to designing your kitchen or bathroom to include it. After seeing this amazing tutorial to paint MDF to look like marble, yes, PAINT it, (for $30!!!) I'm totally convinced that this is the way around the financial sacrifice. And it looks amazingly realistic that you might be able to fool even the most experienced of marble lovers.
I've always loved flowers and plants, but I have a bit of a black thumb. So every now and then I like to supplement my houseplants with something faux (DIY, of course). They're fun to make, and they require zero maintenance. Here are ten of my favorites.
Whether you call them trompe l'oeil or faux, these plastered-right-on-the-wall headboards are the three C's: clever, cute and CHEAP!
I'm not sure about having chalk dust rain down upon my bed, but the idea of changing up
Concrete sidewalk getting you down? Spruce that bad boy up with this simple DIY idea!
You'll never guess what Suzy's faux metal wall art is made out of. Here's a pic of the supplies:
I don't know about you, but I'm very skeptical of those 'looks just like the real thing' kinds of finishing techniques. Especially stainless and granite wannabes. That's why Tanya's remarks about her recent countertop makeover were of particular interest. The countertop before looks like it was a standard
If you're pining for a leather sofa but can't part with the cash it would take to get one, Sure Fit now offers a faux leather line of slipcovers. Durable and easy to clean, prices start at $19.99 for pillows and
Attention contemporary apartment dwellers and those living south of the Mason-Dixon line! You, too, can celebrate the fun and festivities of the holidays by the warmth of a roaring fire.
Well, at least by the feel of a roaring fire.
Er, the look of a roaring fire?
In his later years, my grandfather took to intricate wood carving and burning, and he used one of these magnifying headband visor to see all the details. The siblings and cousins and I would sneak into the workspace and put it on, and then look down at the floor with our skewed depth perception through and below the lenses, making a seemingly ten-foot vertical drop off, into which we would fearfully step and then giggle when we'd...
Jules turned leftover wallpaper into faux Roman shades. She's used them for many installations around her house, including dressing up her deck door's window and to create hiding places when her plantation blinds are pulled up.
Jenny over at Polymer Clay Central makes fake--excuse me--faux agates with polymer clay, a cheese grater and a pasta machine, with amazing results! It looks like she primarily uses them for jewelry fabrication,
When the weather turns rubbish nothing beats snuggling up in front of a fire, possibly with trashy fiction and preferably with some kind of chocolaty beverage. It's just what winter should be all about. Unfortunately our apartment doesn't have a fireplace so I was forced to improvise...
While technically it wont keep me warm, (except in a cockles-of-my-heart way) it was super easy to make and it makes me smile, and my baby scream with...
Do frame tape by Martí Guixé is tape that looks like frame molding, thereby letting you frame anything, anywhere. Available through Modern Poverty, a 5cm x 25 m roll will set you back $15.
Domino has a great tutorial on how to add significant impact to a ho-hum staircase by painting a faux runner down the center of the stairs. In four steps, which include creating a well-prepared base, painting the runner, adding a border and then sealing, you’ll have a faux carpet that looks great and will be much easier to keep clean than a no-faux carpet.
I’m not big on faux finishes. They look good only if done right, and because I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to do them justice, I’ve stayed away. But when I ran across The Faux Finish School website, hope sprung like a tulip in springtime. Now this was an idea I could get behind! A school that could teach me how to turn my home into an Italian Villa–with nothing but paint! Oh joy!
Happiness was short-lived, however, as this particular faux...
The Original Book Works produces fake, excuse me, "faux", books to make you seem well-read. Of course there are other reasons for putting fake, I mean, "faux", "authentic resin reproductions of real leather books" in your library. You may want to cover a door with them, creating a Double-Oh-Seven escape route to your Aston Martin parked out back. Or maybe you just want the look of a library without the tedious job of accumulating books, not to...