Marble Contact Paper in Marmi Grey, Design Your Wall.
These faux marble options are just as elegant as the real deal.
Few materials strike a chord with us in the same way that marble does. The sought-after stone, with its subtle sheen and veined markings, is quick to catch the eye and lends a luxe look to a space without being over the top. The downside, of course, is its price point. Here are 5 marble-like options that will achieve the same sophisticated, formal look for a fraction of the cost.
Looking for a faux marble tile that can handle heavy foot traffic? Consider peel-and-stick vinyl floor tiles. In addition to their resilient nature, the tiles can be installed over most existing flooring. In other words, they make for a perfect weekend DIY project that won’t end in defeat. TrafficMaster Premium Vinyl Tile in Carrara Marble, Home Depot, starting at $0.89/sq. ft.
If you love the marbled look, you’ll want to customize all of your furniture with this stylish contact paper. The affordable material has a peel-away backing that can stick to almost any surface, from the top of a coffee table to the inside of kitchen drawers. Keep in mind that the paper doesn’t react well to water, so avoid using it in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink. Marble Contact Paper in Marmi Grey, Design Your Wall, $59.99 per roll.
Elevate your living space with ceramic wall tiles that mimic the look of marble like this elegant option from Ciot. Though similar in appearance, ceramic is far more delicate than marble and is therefore more susceptible to chips and cracks. The solution: Be strategic with placement, avoiding high-traffic areas in favour of bathroom walls or backsplashes. Marvel Wall Tile in Calacatta Extra, Ciot, see store for pricing.
Porcelain is another classic material that boasts marble's polished aesthetic without the hefty price tag. The tile is more resilient than ceramic, which makes it perfect for flooring as well as bathroom walls and kitchen backsplashes. Let's just say marble-inspired porcelain has the ability to make any space sparkle. Glazed Porcelain Tiles in White, Olympia Tile + Stone, see store for pricing.
If you’re not yet familiar with Laminam, allow us to be the first to introduce you. The innovative material is touted as being the world’s first porcelain tile that's offered in 3 metre by 1 metre panels and is thinner than standard porcelain tiling. This means that in addition to covering existing walls and floors, Laminam can take on an array of delicate surfaces (think fireplace surrounds, kitchen countertops and outdoor areas). I Naturali Laminam in Bianco Statuario, Stone Tile, see store for pricing.
How to: Paint outdoor furniture
When undertaking a DIY project, there are usually a few things to consider. Add tempermental weather to the list and suddenly that little list has multiplied. How do you prepare your furniture for painting? What type of paint do you use? How does it differ for different types of material?
Though the process of painting outdoor furniture may seem daunting now, the best way to go about a DIY job is to be prepared. We talked to an expert at Canadian Tire to do just that. Michael Bache, Category Business Manager at Canadian Tire, shares his prepping and painting how tos to help put your DIY nerves at ease.
1 What supplies will you need for prepping and painting?
Depending on the state of the furniture (e.g. new wood, old plastic, painted metal, painted wood) and the type of paint chosen, a variety of items should be considered.
If using brush-on paint, consider using a primer before applying a new fresh coat of colour. When priming your furniture, make sure to use a good quality paintbrush and rags or drop cloths for clean-up. However, if you're using Krylon® Fusion™ no primer is required.
If repainting a metal or wood surface that has loose peeling paint, it must be removed for best adhesion. You can use sandpaper, steel wool, wire brush, scraper, or a stripper. You may require a tack cloth to clean up dust residue when sanding. If sanding a latex paint, a simple damp rag will work just fine.
2 Do these steps differ when prepping different materials, such as metal, plastic, wicker or wood?
Yes. Some products don't require primer, saving you a prep step. Using an aerosol is a benefit, too, as you also save a step in the prep. It generally dries faster and doesn't require clean-up since no paint brushes are involved. Even better, aerosols tend to give a factory style, air brush finish when applied properly, as opposed to a brush-on paint.
Bare wood generally requires a primer to seal the wood prior to painting as the surface is porous. The primer is used to provide a nice, smooth finish. Krylon Dual saves a step on both bare wood and metal since it primes and paints in one easy step. This saves time and allows people to have more time enjoying their furniture and less time prepping it!
3 What type of paint should you use for outdoor furniture?
Always follow the directions on the label for specific product use. This will ensure proper adhesion to your surface.
Plastic patio furniture should only have a paint specifically designed to adhere to plastic and hard-to-bond surfaces. Many general purpose paints can adhere to most surfaces except plastic.
For wicker or rattan, spray paints tend to make a nicer finish and easily gets into the grooves. Muskoka chairs are also easier to paint when using an aerosol as opposed to a paint brush. Now there's even an aerosol wood stain by Krylon. Spray stains make fast work of Muskoka chairs and planters - no brushes to clean up either.
5 What about rust prevention?
Paint designed especially for metal surfaces tends to add rust protection into the paint - make sure the paint says "rust proofing" or "rust inhibiting".
As our climate changes, U.V. rays are also a consideration - they're hard on our skin and our exterior patio furniture! Some paints actually have U.V. protection in their paint. This will help protect your finish to resist harsh weather conditions. We suggest storing patio furniture during the fall and winter months when not in use. If space is a problem, a variety of covers and tarps are available to help protect your investment.
6 What are the best painting methods to use?
Much of this is personal preference. However, some surfaces, like wicker and rattan, have a nicer finish when sprayed versus brushing.
7 What kind of finish, if any, should you use?
Most paint companies offer a variety of finishes to choose from - satin, gloss, textured, metallic, hammered, and more. As long as you use an appropriate paint for your exterior surface and follow the instructions, you should achieve the finish you want. The really nice thing about the variety of paints and finishes available is that people can turn "garage sale finds" into treasures. Mixing and matching old and new creates a different and personalized patio set.
8 How many coats should you use
Follow the instructions on the can, however many paints suggest two coats. When painting remember this rule of thumb: Thinner coats are better than thicker coats. Thinner coats dry faster and produce a harder finish.
9 What should you look for in a brush?
Is it the right paint brush for your paint? Oil-based paints generally have different bristles than latex paints. The brush label will specify this.
Is the paint brush the right size to do your project? If you are painting furniture, smaller brushes may be better. Ensure it fits into your paint container.
A roller can be great for large flat surfaces, like a tabletop. This can help reduce brush marks, too!
10 How does climate affect the painting process?
Weather is a big factor. For the most part, if you're getting a sunburn and sweating, it's probably too hot to paint. This will cause the paint to dry too fast. If it's too windy and you're using an aerosol paint, your paint may dissipate before it reaches the surface. Either wait for the wind to die down or use cardboard to build a spray tunnel. Humidity can affect the paint's dry time, which leaves more time for surface imperfections to take place on your finish. In general, 21ºC and about 50% humidity are ideal conditions for painting.
12 Any last tips?
Remember to protect other surfaces if working outside by using masking tape and drop cloths. Most importantly, regardless of your project, remember to always read product labels thoroughly and follow directions.
Black and white contrast create a classy and cosmopolitan look
Fresh, modern and fun, a revamped heritage home is the perfect place for one Montreal family.
Like the rest of the living room, the fireplace is striking in its lack of embellishment. “I wanted the whole space to be sleek,” says designer Sylvie Masse.
Sleek and modern as it may look, the kitchen is hard-working. Ample surface space makes prepping and cooking a cinch, and corralling clutter is easy thanks to the extra storage from the overhead and under-counter cabinetry. A TV integrated into the glass backsplash offers entertainment for cooks or those eating at the island. Visual interest is added through simple details like the pottery that appears to float on the ethereal glass shelving in front of the window in lieu of a blind.
A catch-all for cookbooks and culinary miscellany, the built-in oak unit along the kitchen’s back wall offers lots of extra storage and adds warm texture to the otherwise stark and minimalistic room.
High contrast black and white looks classy and cosmopolitan in the living room. Sylvie eschewed drapery for a barely-there roller shade to let the industrial-style window shine.
“With its bold black runner, the original white-painted staircase looks very old New York City,” says Sylvie.
Modern classics reign in the master bedroom, from the Eames rocker to the plush low-profile bed frame.
The clean-lined everything-in-its-place aesthetic took careful planning. By setting the wardrobe system within the wall and adding a lacquered MDF strip along the bottom, the contractor made the individual units appear built-in for a more refined look.
Pretty summer patio
We designed a pretty patio on budgets both palatial and petite. Can you tell the difference?
1 Steel and glass Malta Lanterns in Silver Finish, Pottery Barn, $34 US each (small), and $49 US each (medium). 2 Eight-light Retro Café String Lights with iron cages, The Home Depot, $40 each. 3 Parklane powder-coated aluminum armchair and sofa in Driftwood with foam-filled Sunbrella cushions in Heritage Granite, InsideOut Patio, $949 (armchair), $2,199 (sofa). 4 Outdoor polyfilled polyester Moravian Star Toss Cushions, CB2, $62 each. 5 Double-knit cotton Tempo Throw, CB2, $100. 6 Innit galvanized steel Sidechair in Black with woven vinyl cord seat in Blue, Innit, $430. 7 Resin Madison Planters (used as table bases) in Caviar Black, 16", and 20", Sheridan Nurseries, $120 (16”), $180 (20”). 8 Polypropylene Cane Grid Rug in Capri, 8' x 10', Pier 1 Imports, $820. 9 Acrylic Abbott Throw in Apricot Brandy, Pottery Barn, $39 US. 10 GlucksteinHome outdoor polyfilled cotton Zig Zag Toss Cushion, Hudson’s Bay, $40.
1 Hometrends chrome-finished steel and glass Lanterns, Walmart, $25 each (small), and $35 (medium). 2 Ten-light Clear Café String Lights, The Home Depot, $20 each. 3 Canvas FSC-certified eucalyptus Modena Armchair and Loveseat with polyfilled polyester cushions, Canadian Tire, $350 (armchair), $650 (loveseat). 4 Outdoor polyfilled polyester Toss Cushions, HomeSense, $25 each. 5 Grey and white cotton Throw, HomeSense, $30. 6 Enamelled steel and plastic Sidechair in Blue, Studio Pazo, $150. 7 Round clay fibre composite Stacey Planters (used as table bases), 18" and 22", Jysk, $50 (18”), $60 (22”). 8 Reversible plastic Cayaan Rugs in Blue, 5' x 8', Jysk, $35 each. 9 Coral acrylic Throw, HomeSense, $40. 10 Beynac outdoor polyfilled polyester Toss Cushion, Jysk, $20.
Of course a pop of colour is nice in an outdoor space, but what will really impress you (and any guests that try this fun chair) is how comfortable it is! It's a must-add piece this summer. HIGH: Innit galvanized steel Sidechair in Black with woven vinyl cord seat in Blue, Innit, $430. LOW: Enamelled steel and plastic Sidechair in Blue, Studio Pazo, $150.
Put away your glue gun; no need to bust out that screwdriver. This DIY is as easy as pie. All you need to make these outdoor side tables are some oversized planters and a couple of circular trays (we painted ours white for a sophisticated monochromatic look). Place the trays atop the planters, and you’re done! The removable tops can be used to graciously serve guests some refreshments, while the interiors are perfect for hiding extra toss cushions and throws. HIGH: Resin Madison Planters (used as table bases) in Caviar Black, 16", and 20", Sheridan Nurseries, $120 (16”), $180 (20”). LOW: Round clay fibre composite Stacey Planters (used as table bases), 18" and 22", Jysk, $50 (18”), $60 (22”).
Though it’s more resilient than its indoor counterpart, outdoor fabric is vulnerable to all manner of mess. Keep it clean by brushing off surface dirt regularly. If you spill, act fast: Blot (never rub) the liquid off and then spot clean by spraying with a solution of warm water and dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and air-dry. HIGH: Parklane powder-coated aluminum armchair and sofa in Driftwood with foam-filled Sunbrella cushions in Heritage Granite, InsideOut Patio, $949 (armchair), $2,199 (sofa). LOW: Canvas FSC-certified eucalyptus Modena Armchair and Loveseat with polyfilled polyester cushions, Canadian Tire, $350 (armchair), $650 (loveseat).
Everyone loves a good toss cushion, but they'll really love these patterened cushions that make the couch pop with only a black and white graphic pattern. HIGH: GlucksteinHome outdoor polyfilled cotton Zig Zag Toss Cushion, Hudson’s Bay, $40. LOW: Beynac outdoor polyfilled polyester Toss Cushion, Jysk, $20.
Next time you’re entertaining outdoors, fool guests into thinking they’re lounging in your living room by laying out comforts like an outdoor rug and toss cushions. HIGH: Polypropylene Cane Grid Rug in Capri, 8' x 10', Pier 1 Imports, $820. LOW: Reversible plastic Cayaan Rugs in Blue, 5' x 8', Jysk, $35 each.
Think outside the bucket when creating a beverage station. Why not use a pretty planter filled with ice to keep bevvies cool under the sun? HIGH and LOW: Black faceted planeter (used as ice bucket), HomeSense, price varies.
Melamine plates deliver the durability of plastic without sacrificing the texture, pattern and colour variations of ceramic and stoneware. HIGH and LOW: Melamine plate, Pottery Barn, price varies.
Nothing is better than watching the sun set and seeing the stars come out on a summer night. Be prepared to get cozy for the long-haul with a throw blanket - perfectly matching your decor and nightly plans. HIGH: Acrylic Abbott Throw in Apricot Brandy, Pottery Barn, $39 US. LOW: Coral acrylic Throw, HomeSense, $40.
String lights are out and lanterns are in! Home decorators have been loving lantern lighting for a while and it's finally being brough outside - and on a string! Enjoy a night of cards with friends or a book on the couch all summer. HIGH: Steel and glass Malta Lanterns in Silver Finish, Pottery Barn, $34 US each (small), and $49 US each (medium). LOW: Hometrends chrome-finished steel and glass Lanterns, Walmart, $25 each (small), and $35 (medium).