Faking It with Look-alike Products

If you're decorating a room or trying to conceal an element in it, consider using products designed to imitate and fool the eye. Here's some ideas.

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By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Home improvement products, created to imitate a decorative element in a room, do a pretty good job of looking like the real thing. For instance, beadboard wallcovering, a lookalike to wood is a less expensive alternative and easier to install. Tin-look ceiling panels are a good imposter for the heavier and more costly metal panels.

Painting a faux finish can fool the eye and replicate materials like fabric, wood grain and marble all with the deft hand of a creative painter. When remodeling a basement a popular solution to hide unattractive basement support columns is to surround them with a wood-like material designed for the coverup. And if you want to conceal a secret room use a door bookcase designed to easily open and access the room.

Here’s a look at these make believe decorative touches. Follow the link to the projects and enter your Zip Code in the cost box to compare how much it costs to do it yourself vs. hiring a contractor.

  • INSTALL BEADBOARD WALLCOVERING
  • INSTALL A TIN LOOK CEILING
  • FAUX FINISH WALLS
  • COVER BASEMENT COLUMNS
  • INSTALL A DOOR BOOKCASE