Valchromat’s role in DIY

The expression “do it yourself” and the DIY movement goes far beyond a simple term. It is increasingly a lifestyle, opening the door to the creation and construction of your own objects, and the acquisition and development of new skills. DIY describes, in general, anything planned, modified or produced by individuals without the help of professionals.

To carry out DIY jobs, it is important furnish yourself with materials that are easy to work with and safe. Valchromat panels are a good example of this, and can be the ideal material for a range of projects thanks to their technical features and multiple applications. Find out how in this article.

The DIY philosophy emerged in the United States way back in 1910, and became popular in the 1950s, in post-war England, when people had more time to reflect. The younger generations began to put less emphasis on  consumerism, favouring mutual help, collective effort and alternative social practices. The movement has been booming since 2000, and over and above the economic savings it brings, it also reflects a greater awareness of the preservation of the environment. Recycled objects and non-toxic materials of controlled origin are the preferred choices for DIY fans.

DIY stimulates the brain, forces you to investigate, helps child development and makes people more independent. The process starts by defining a project, then organising the materials and the means needed to carry out the task, and only afterwards getting down to work.

DIY is an extremely broad area and can be applied in several ways. It is important to realise the intention is not to become an expert in the field. There are many different ways to apply the concept, but carpentry is one of the most popular areas for DIY fans. You can use MDF, wood leftovers, boxes and pallets, alone or in combination, to decorate houses, create unique articles or simply give a new look to rooms or objects.

Have you used coloured MDF in your DIY projects?

Valchromat panels are perfect for the do-it-yourself trend and are increasingly used in projects all over the world. As well as being innovative, Valchromat has a set of natural features endowed by the wood and colour throughout its thickness. The fact it can be machine-worked affords it a unique malleability, enabling the exploration of 3D objects, incorporating the beauty of the textures and taking advantage of the best engineering techniques, for simple or more complex projects.

Thanks to the resins and low friction, Valchromat panels are highly resistant, waterproof and easy to work with. As they are impregnated with organic colours, the panels can be machine-worked using a variety of tools without losing their characteristics.

On the surface of the panel one can see, to a greater or lesser extent, small woodchips. This particularity endows each panel with a unique and natural appearance, as well as being non-toxic, which enables them to be used in a greater variety of applications.

Valchromat panels can be implemented raw, or can be coated with a wax, oil or varnish layers. They do not need to be painted, as 11 colours are available, individually or in combination, to suit your project.

With suitable tools, the panel can be transformed into a bedside table or a desk top. You can (and should) take advantage of the wide range of colours available and use Valchromat to create colourful niches or decorative panels that will result in a unique atmosphere. As a non-toxic material, it can be used in children’s bedrooms to build small pieces of furniture, decorative objects or even to make toys. Let your imagination run free!

Working with it on its own or alongside other materials, Valchromat is the right choice for your DIY projects, no matter how big or small they are.

Projeto Gaetano Parisi (Itália). Imagem Alfio Garozzo
Projeto Serge Albo (França)

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