How To: Paint The Most Realistic Faux Marble Countertops

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.        Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Irresistable Faux Plant And Flower DIYs

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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.   

 

10 DIY Faux Plant and Flower Projects

1. These crepe paper artichokes are just stunning, aren’t they? Make a few of them and place them in a bowl on your dining table. Here’s the tutorial. Continue Reading

Roundup: 7 Fabulous Faux Headboards

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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 the style of my headboard with just one swipe of a chalkboard eraser is very appealing! Spotted at Examiner

50 Brilliant and inspiring headboard ideas for DIY

Sara made her faux headboard using self-adhesive vinyl. Click here to see how she did it.
 
 

Interesting how this traditionally-styled headboard feels fresh and modern when fauxed up. Continue Reading

DIY Idea: Paint Your Own Faux-Brick Sidewalk!

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Concrete sidewalk getting you down?  Spruce that bad boy up with this simple DIY idea!   

Some paint and a mini roller (and a steady hand) are all you need to turn boring concrete sidewalks into inviting brick pathways.

From MyHomeIdeasClaudia Darr mixed a batch of brick-red paint and rolled it right onto a concrete walk. After painting a 100-foot-long path in an afternoon, she was so pleased with the results that she went on to faux brick her entire driveway. Continue Reading

DIY Granite-Look Countertops for a FRACTION of the Price

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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 Formica product. Tanya wanted granite, but it was way out of budget, so she decided to use RustOleum’s Stone Effects. Here’s what she had to say about the project:

You apply it directly to your existing counter top. Continue Reading

Holiday How-To: Create a Faux Fireplace Anywhere.

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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?

Instructables member Pinemom created an entire mantle/hearth/blaze fireplace feel under her breakfast bar, perfect for hanging stockings with care. The photos are a little uninspiring, but the technique is solid, and can be easily translated to make sense in whatever non-fireplace having abode you inhabit. Continue Reading

Fantastic Faux-Floor Illusions.

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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 realize we hadn’t fallen. Continue Reading

No Sew Faux Roman Shades

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. She used tension rods, scraps of lumber or even magnetic tape (that was for the deck door) to install them. A bit of trim was added to finish the edges. Jules says that each one took less than 20 minutes to make. Continue Reading