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story.lead_photo.caption Giani Butcher Block Countertop Paint Kit and Trex Vibrant Colors Outdoor Furniture

Giani Butcher Block Countertop Paint Kit

What's to love: An inexpensive way to give kitchen counters the look of butcher block.

What does it do: The kit contains a primer, which helps hide stains and minor scratches, a wood grain coat and a protective acrylic top coat. All the tools needed to create the distinctive light and dark pattern of butcher block such as rollers, foam brushes sandpaper and a wood graining brush are included. The paint is water based, low odor and low in VOC and can be used to update laminate, ceramic tile and cultured marble countertop. The kit covers 35-square feet of countertop and sells for $84.95. More information including how-to videos may be found here: gianigranite.com.

Trex Vibrant Colors Outdoor Furniture

What's to love: Adds color to a porch or patio.

What does it do: The colorful furniture has a 20-year warranty and is available in colors such as Sunset Red, Aruba (aqua), Lime and Pacific Blue. The pieces -- which come in a variety of styles -- look like wood, but are made of a blend of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) raw materials created by Poly-Wood, a Trex subsidiary. The material does not crack, chip or peel so there is no painting or sealing required. The furniture is easy to clean with soap, water and soft brush and is made in the USA. Prices vary depending on the type or style of furniture. A Cape Cod Adirondack Chair starts at $239. More information is available at trexfurniture.com.

— Cary Jenkins

HomeStyle on 08/03/2019

CORRECTION: The material used to make the Trex Vibrant Color Collection chairs is a blend of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) raw materials created by Poly-Wood, a Trex subsidiary. It is produced from 90% recycled content, including post-consumer materials such as milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles. The material was misnamed in an earlier version of this story.

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