Home finishes Supplied to me by 3D Wall Panels, CSI Wall Panels.

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Whether you are in the middle of a remodel, or just want to freshen up a room, these wall panels sent to me from 3D Wall Panels – CSI Wall Panels, will definitely do the trick. We happen to be in the middle of a renovation. The home is from the 1960’s, and definitely needs some modernization. What I love about these wall panels, is that you do not have to only choose an ultra-modern design, but you can choose more neutral designs as well. There is something for everyone. They offer a YouTube video to show you how simple it is to install these panels. You do not need a professional to install, which is always a benefit to the wallet, lol. Although, my husband is a master carpenter and a commercial electrician, so I did have the upper hand. These wall panels are appropriate for home, office, and commercial properties. They come unfinished, and will need to be painted by you. I was given a panel of wall panel choices to choose from. They were made from either one of these choices:

A.      Panel Size: 19.68?x 19.68?inch, 725g

Material: MDF Wood fiber.

Thickness: 3mm on flat areas, Upto 1/2 inch on Dimensional areas.

Features: DIY Product, Eco Friendly, Lightweight & Paintable

Package: 10 panels/Box. Covers 27 sqft/box

Color: Comes only in its Natural wood color

 

B.       Panel Size: 19.68?x 19.68?inch, 275g

Material: Sugarcane fiber (Bagasse) Paper pulp.

Thickness: 1.5mm on flat areas, .50? on Dimension areas.

Features: DIY Product, flexible, Lightweight & Paintable

Package: 12 panels/Box. Covers 32.29 sqft/box

Color: Comes only in its Natural off white color

 

I chose the wood wall look, done in the MDF wood fiber material. The natural finish is more of a light brown. Besides providing the paint to finish, we also had to buy adhesive to mount them to the wall. We repainted our wall before applying the panels. You will want to mount them to a clean, dry surface. These wall panels have an A+ air emissions rating, so they are healthy to have them in home. They are 100% Natural, eco-friendly, and 100% of the wood is from well managed forests. I am really happy with these panels over all. I have insane allergies and asthma, and I have had absolutely no irritation from thee panels at all. The company obviously has pride in the products they sell, and it shows.

I received two boxes of  wall panels. Each box contained 10 panels, which covers approx.. 27sqft each. Make sure you let the panels acclimate to the temperature in your room, where you are doing the install, approx.. 24 hours before you apply them. We let them sit about 4 days, since we were waiting for the weekend. Each panel measures out at 19.68″x 19.68″ inches. However, they are all nominal. The way the come out of the machine, they are not all exactly the same. So, measure and trim before install. That is what we discovered. My husband said this is too be expected, and experiences this with tile all of the time, too. The adhesive we used to install the panels is Power Grab by Loctite. He really liked how well this adhesive worked. The panels held very well, and didn’t need to be taped while the adhesive took hold. Now, besides measuring and trimming your panels, you will also want to sand down the edges. Really check out each panel. Ours had mildly rough edges, from the way they were made. So, sand them down before mounting them. Below are two pictures of a painted sample with rough edges. You can sand the edges down and repaint without difficulty.

Then, make sure you mark your center line when you start your layout. You want to apply your adhesive to the back of the panel, on all of the raised surfaces, then apply them to your wall. Once all of your panels are up, according to your plan, it is time to prime, and then paint your panels. The panels dry fairly quickly, as the boards are quite absorbent.

You may need to re-sand the edges after the primer dries. That is something you will have to decide. We chose a high gloss paint, for that smooth, modern finish. We set up our own spray tent area with visqueen and painters tape. That way our area was protected from any overspray mist. The spray technique really allows you to get that smooth, sleek finish. We used Valspar High Gloss Lacquer in White. This paint really worked well on the panels, and no special sprayer was needed. Since we only did a section on our wall, we trimmed out the panels with premium grade 1x2s. Then we used caulk to fill in the gap. That was also really simple and fairly inexpensive to do. You want to prime and paint the panels after they are installed on the wall. That way you can also make sure any spacing between the panels is also painted, for a smooth finished product.

Our panels were nice and solid, and easy to work with. We did not have any damaged panels in our shipment.  We are extremely happy with the finished product. We love it as our background for the electric fireplace we installed. It adds so much style and flare to the room. With the lacquer finish that we chose, it adds a lot of shine to them when the light hits it just so. I can’t wait to hang my new chandelier in the room as the finishing touch. 3D Wall Panels at www.csiwallpanels.com, is definitely worth a visit and a purchase.

You can follow them through social media here:

     https://www.facebook.com/CSI3DWallPanels/

     https://twitter.com/CSIWallPanels

     https://www.pinterest.com/CSIwallpanels/

     https://plus.google.com/101918191842325655654

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COi_fyvDxtE

I was provided a sample. All opinions are honest and my own. I received no payment for this review, and do not receive any payment from any of their sales, in any way.

Editorial Note: I was told by WallArt that this company buys the panels through them, then sells them, and had me blog about the product. WallArt threatened me with legal action, because they wanted their name mentioned. I have no prior knowledge of their company, and they have been ugly to me to deal with. Personally, I do not like their ethics. Their information is:  http://www.mywallart.com. They are the ones that make the Select Wall Panels, supplied to me by CSI Wall Panels.

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Be Holiday Ready with MOT Global’s Christmas Photo Booth Props.

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Christmas time is such a fun and festive season. It brings so much joy, laughter, and creates so many wonderful memories. I really think the world is a better place during this time. Photographs are such an integral part of the holidays, too. With all of the new selfie gadgets, photos are really changing. There is a whole new perspective we are getting now. Not everyone can afford to have professional photos done for large parties, and family gatherings. I give props to these Christmas Photo Booth Props from Mot Global. Not only is this an affordable set, but they are cute, fun, and easy to use. In their set you get 52 pieces to spice up your photos with, as well as 4 festive, holiday bookmarks to use. They include the sticks, and double sided sticky tabs to attach the sticks to the props, as well.

It is so easy to attach the bamboo sticks to the props. Carefully peel one sticky dot off of the sheet, and place it onto your prop. Then, take one of the sticks, and place the end onto the sticky dot. The dots really are sticky and hold the sticks perfectly in place. I was very happy and relieved to see how well they worked. The props are made out of card stock. They all have a sheen to them as well. The colors are pretty vivid, and the props are hilarious. There are even props that can be used throughout the year. There are mustache props, pipes, bowties, a present, silly glasses, and even a tongue sticking out. These would all be appropriate for other seasons and occasions. They do, however, sell 3 other different options on their sale page, that are not Christmas themed. Overall, these are really fun, and would be great for simple photos to all out parties. We sure do love them.

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I received these props for free, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. – MOT Global’s Christmas Photo Booth Props 52 Pieces DIY Kits Party Supplies with 4 Free Bonus Bookmarks

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If you would like to purchase this set, they are available here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MG95JB4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Attack lizard, lol. – iLoonger’s DIY Lizard Plastic Infrared Self-Assembly.

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This toy is soooooooo much fun, it really is. Building it was a slight challenge, but well worth the effort. It’s a great brain boosting experience, lol. This toy is rated ages 10 and up. If your child has great motor skills, then they might be able to build it, with some occasional guidance. Besides motor skills, patience is what is needed with an assembly that this one requires. The directions are overall pretty clear to follow. We did not build it all at once. We dedicated some quite evening time to the toy. I had one plastic piece bend on removal from the sheet. This made it slightly difficult to assemble it. Over the next couple of days, I slowly worked it, and was able to finally snap it into place correctly, so the build could continue. The main portion of a kit like this, is building the gears. This makes it a very educational toy. I was just fascinated by it. The directions are not completely correct though when it comes to one component. There is one piece that they want you to assemble, and state you may need a small hammer. Do not search for these pieces. It arrives already assembled for you. This assembly does require cutting off the small plastic ends off of the pieces that stay connected after unsnapping it from the sheet. All of the main pieces are plastic and attached to a plastic sheet. You need to look closely, and you will see a letter stamped on each sheet: A, B and C. Then each piece has a number associated with it; for example, B5. Just like in the game Battleship, lol. You will need to supply your own AAA batteries. This toy requires 4. I can’t believe how well the lizard works, and how fast this thing can go. It is quite entertaining. It is an infrared toy, and responds to your movements in front of its face.

This lizard has two modes. In the first mode this lizard runs around like a mad man. If something gets in its way. It flares its frill and tries to escape. They call it the escape mode. In the second mode, which is the approach mode, it will come to you, and when you place your hand or foot in front of it again, it spreads it frill at you and the eyes glow red. The eyes are green when it is approaching. We are all loving this toy. My 8-year-old is absolutely fascinated with this toy. It is so interactive, which makes it so fun. So even when the build is over, it keeps entertaining. There is a switch on the back of it to change the mode. This toy is very easy to operate after the build. This has definitely been an experience, and a product I feel comfortable recommending.

I was afforded the opportunity to review iLoonger’s DIY Lizard Plastic Infrared Self-Assembly Induction Sensor LED Educational Model Building Science Dragon Robot Toy, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. This product arrives unassembled, as shown.

If you would like to purchase this awesome toy, it can be found here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/iLoonger%C2%AE-Infrared-Self-Assembly-Induction-Educational/dp/B019T8CJ1Q?ie=UTF8&m=A1PT14S3JDHKLK&qid=1459221882&ref_=sr_1_22&s=merchant-items&sr=1-22