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I recently moved into an apartment that is one of the only ones in the city that is completely new construction. It is not a particularly large townhouse, so I had to make some changes.
My first call was to Wilson, the handyman I use to have in most of my apartment buildings. I told him that I wanted to do a custom wall paneling project for my new apartment. Wilson suggested that I might want to go with a few different styles, so I sent him a few photos and he put together an idea that I really liked.
I can’t recommend this project highly enough. You can purchase Wilson molds from wdwallart.com for under $100. They are a one-of-a-kind product that will transform any surface into a piece of art.
It took a while, but I finally got the wall paneling done. I have about 10 hours left to finish the painting, but I already have most of the furniture picked out and are starting to put down the flooring. It’s shaping up to be a very nice apartment.
I had a lot of fun with the project. Wilson molds are one of those things that we have here in the office that we are always talking about, but have never tried. The idea is to use a mold to create a “plastic resin” wall using a mold that is designed to be used for large areas rather then the small areas that we often use for custom-made furniture. This is a great way to create a great looking wall that will last for years.
Wilson molds are used quite a bit as part of a larger wall paneling solution. We also have a couple of Wilson molds we use quite frequently for our various custom furniture pieces here at work. They’re all hand made and we only use those where the walls look really nice and we feel that the mold will work wonders in creating a beautiful wall. You can get them for as little as $25.
Yes, they’re great, but they’re also very expensive. This is where you have to be very careful; if the mold has been warped or the molder has been careless, you may have a great looking wall that will crack and crack and crack, and you will need to replace it.
With custom furniture, you generally have two options. You can either make a mold that is as large as the piece you want, and that can take a good few hours to create. Or you can be very careful and make the mold in the exact size you want, and that will take maybe an hour. The molding process can take forever though.
The first time you attempt to get a custom piece, you will probably be surprised how large and heavy the mold is. I mean, just look at this.
The main challenge, again, is the mold. The mold itself is made of cast iron. The whole thing is about eight feet long when you add it all up. It is extremely heavy and the mold is very difficult to hold in place while it’s being built. To make matters worse, the mold has to be very carefully placed on the piece, and the best way to do that is to have a piece of tape that’s about as big as the mold.