March 29, 2016

Before you undertake a massive project such as redecorating your home, you should be aware of all of the options available to you and how much they will cost.  First and foremost, you should set a budget.  This will set the overall tone for your redecorating undertaking, and let you know what is feasible and what simply is not.  When assessing how many rooms to redecorate, ask yourself: can I do this many rooms and still stay in my budget?  When assessing what materials to use, ask yourself: are there other materials out there that are available that will better suit my budget?  Bottom line: set and stick to your budget!

You might be wondering, how does one actually stick to the budget without going over it?

Answer: carefully price out all materials prior to ordering and starting any project.

For example, if you wish to redecorate your living room, make a list that specifies each task you wish to accomplish.  A simple list may include: purchase new rug, curtains, couch, and renovate fireplace.

  1. First, see if there is any way to sell the current items you wish to replace. This will open up even more room in your budget.
  2. Second, see if any items you wish to buy can be done at a consignment or resale store. Being new to you doesn’t have to automatically equate to brand new.  You may be surprised at how high of quality items you can find at an affordable price.  The items may be so gently used that you would never be able to tell there was a previous owner.
  3. Third, price out the materials for your fireplace. What type of material will you use?  Can you install it yourself or will you need to hire out labor?  You can save yourself a great deal of money by choosing to use faux wall paneling for a fireplace renovation vs. using authentic stone or brick.
    1. Faux wall paneling is affordable. It costs a fraction of the price of authentic materials because it is made from a synthetic material called polyurethane.  Despite it being synthetic, it is incredibly high quality and looks very authentic.
    2. Faux wall paneling is durable. It is impervious to moisture, therefore it is resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  Faux Direct offers fire rated panels to be used specifically around a fireplace.  The panels will not crack or chip, unlike their authentic counterparts.
    3. Faux wall paneling is DIY. No labor costs!

There you have it, a simple way to create a budget and how to stick to it.  In the end, your bank account will thank you and you will be able to relax and enjoy your newly redecorated home.

March 29, 2016

Spring is here which means one obvious thing: change.  It’s happening all around you.  In addition to the obvious changes such as the weather, budding flowers, and green grass, fresh landscaping is being put in, new clothes are being purchased, people are ‘spring cleaning’ to cut down on their clutter, and the weather is ideal for home renovations.  Do you have plans for your home renovation this season?  What tricks do you have up your sleeve in order to create a change in your home while simultaneously adding value to your property?  At Faux Direct, we have an ideal suggestion for you: get funky with faux brick paneling!

Faux brick paneling is the perfect way to bring a funky change to the interior or exterior of your home.  Funky, by definition, means modern and stylish in an unconventional or striking way.  Faux brick paneling is by far stylish and definitely makes a striking appearance when properly added to a home.  Most people use it as an accent wall, but there are so many more ways that it can be used!

For example, you can use faux brick to create a kitchen backsplash:

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Faux brick is an ideal material for a kitchen backsplash because the material itself is impervious to moisture.  This makes the panels resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  They can easily be wiped down with a damp cloth, unlike the grout in traditional tile backsplashes.

You can also use faux brick paneling in a bathroom:

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Again, because the material is impervious to moisture, it is an ideal way to add a funky change to the room without adding a high maintenance, expensive material that will require lots of special care.  Faux brick doesn’t crack, dent, or chip like traditional brick either.

Use faux brick to customize your fireplace:

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No need to worry about the panels being so close to a heat source, because at Faux Direct we offer fire rated panels!

You can even apply faux brick panels to your home exterior:

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A final benefit of using faux brick paneling is that it is UV resistant and designed to withstand all types of weather, both hot and cold.

Not only will you save time and money by using faux brick paneling, but you will also be able to exercise your creativity when adding a funky vibe to your home by installing them yourself!

March 29, 2016

Do it yourself, or DIY, has become the new hot term in the home renovation world.  Everyone wants to know how they can get their hands on a fun project, and save money and time by not paying someone else to do it.  Not only is it a time to exercise creativity, but it is also a time people can spend together doing something enjoyable right in their very own home.  Last but not least, DIY allows the person doing the project to get the exact look they are going for.  When you purchase something already made or even hire someone else to do it, there is no guarantee that it will turn out exactly how you envisioned in your mind.  With DIY, your dreams become a reality.

So, what all is there to do in your home in the DIY category?  Well, when it comes to redecorating or renovating, a whole lot!  Take a look at a few ideas below.

  1. Succulent Gardens. Succulents are a growing trend, because they provide a tropical look no matter where you may actually be located.  If you purchase a succulent garden pre-made, you are bound to spend lots of money.  However, they can easily be put together yourself as a fun DIY project and you will spend about half the cost.
  2. DIY Furniture. Many people love the rustic look, but it can run you a pretty penny when shopping at stores like Restoration Hardware.  You can achieve the same look by following tutorials on making your own rustic furniture with reclaimed and recycled wood.
  3. Textured Walls. People want to add a unique touch to their home, and this can be easily done by creating an accent wall with faux wall paneling.  Faux stone, faux brick, or faux wood is the perfect way to add texture to a wall.  At Faux Direct, you can select from a wide variety of the previously mentioned three, and they can all be applied on your own.  They are lightweight, easy to install, and will last for years to come.
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  5. DIY Lighting. Another area where lots of money can be spent is in the lighting department.  Fancy chandeliers and funky pendant lights look amazing, but are expensive and hard to find the perfect one for your space.  There are so many online tutorials on how to create your own lighting, and you can even do so with items found in your own kitchen, such as a colander!
March 29, 2016

If you have a home with a longer driveway, chances are that you might have an entry gate at the end of your property.  Many people enjoy entry gates not only for their aesthetic appeal, but when connected to a fence, they actually do a lot of work.  People that have pets that run free like to know that they won’t be able to escape the property.  And, it is also a way to ward off intruders that didn’t get an invitation to your home!  Entry gates can be beautiful, when constructed and done properly.  They can also be expensive.  With faux stone paneling, however, you can make a DIY entry gate that looks beautiful and well done without paying the normal associated high costs.

First things first, you must decide how you would like your entry gate to look.  Typically, people choose to cover the cement columns on either side of the actual gate with the faux stone paneling.  You can choose to do this, just like in the photo below, or you could just cover part of the columns.

Once you decide the overall design, you can select from our wide variety of faux stone paneling options under our ‘Products’ page.  There are so many different styles and color schemes to choose from, and you can request a free sample if you’d like to see it in person.  If you don’t see something you love, our customer service team will work with you to create a custom order.

After the panel has been selected and ordered, allow for around 3-5 weeks for shipping. When they arrive, you get to start the fun part.  Who doesn’t love a good DIY project?  And imagine how good you are gong to feel when you step back and see that the handiwork was all yours.  You get to exercise your creativity to its fullest by applying the faux stone paneling yourself.  Your shipment will contain a step-by-step tutorial, and you can also find it online under our ‘Resources’ tab.

Once complete, you get to enjoy your faux stone paneled entry gate and rest assured that you did not spend the amount of money you could have spent by using authentic stone.  Your gate will still look just as gorgeous and be just as durable as the real deal.  All of our faux stone panels are impervious to moisture, weatherproof, and UV resistant.

Look at these gorgeous entry gates completed with faux stone paneling:

 

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March 26, 2016

If you have been asking yourself the age old question of whether or not you should use faux wall paneling in your upcoming home renovation, today is your lucky day.  At the end of this article, you are going to feel so confident about which way to go that you will find it humorous that you ever wondered what to do.

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We have broken it down for you in lamens terms so you get a clear understanding of what exactly faux wall paneling is, how it’s made, and how it’s used.

What is faux wall paneling?

Faux wall paneling are synthetic panels that are used in place of authentic materials such as brick, stone, and wood.  They are lightweight, and can be installed on your own.  People use them both indoors and outdoors, depending on what look they are trying to accomplish.

How is it made?

Faux wall paneling is made using a high quality polyurethane foam material.  The foam is cast from whatever authentic material it is trying to mimic.  Once dried, it is then painted to form an exact replica.  The end result is uncanny; the only giveaway being how lightweight they are.

How are they used?

Typically, faux brick, faux stone, and faux wood panels are used for a wide variety of applications, the most popular being accent walls.  They are also used in bathrooms around bathtubs and showers, in kitchens as a backsplash or around the kitchen island, in bedrooms behind the bed, along staircases, in man caves, basements, and even outside on the exterior of the home or around the pool!  Some people get real creative and use them for deck paneling, fencing, and entry gates.

How much do they cost?

At Faux Direct, a typical panel covers around 9 sq/ft and costs around $80. They are installed on your own, so no labor costs are involved.  The only things required to secure them to the wall is simple caulk or glue and screws.

Do they last awhile?

Faux wall panels are so durable, thanks to the polyurethane material.  They are impervious to moisture, so they are resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  They are also UV resistant, weatherproof, and resistant to termites!  So yeah, you could say they last awhile 🙂

How Do I Install Them?

We have a step-by-step installation guide under our ‘Resources’ tab, and it is also included with each shipment.  It is very straightforward and easy to follow!

March 26, 2016

Are you sick of looking at the same old boring walls when you walk into your home?  A pretty paint color can only go so far.  If you are looking to do something completely unique and different from the traditional look you currently have going, you have to try faux wall paneling.  It is the perfect way to dress up a wall, take it from drab to fab in a matter of hours, and add texture that will give your eyes something inviting and exciting to look at.

Goodbye boring, hello fabulous!

Check out this amazing accent wall utilizing faux stone paneling.  It completely changes the look of this room.

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There is a reason that artists started playing with their canvases and mixing up their media after years and years of flat drawings and paintings.  They wanted to bring the canvas to life.  To add dimension and texture, like what is seen in real life.  The same thing can be done right on the walls of your home by adding faux stone, faux brick, or faux wood.

Faux wall paneling is so easy to apply, that even a monkey can do it!  Well, maybe not a monkey, but even the most novice of DIYer can accomplish this feat.  Each panel is extremely lightweight and is applied with either caulk or glue and a few standard tools.  Most people can get a wall done in a single afternoon!  We have a step-by-step installation guide on our ‘Resources’ tab for you to easily follow.

In addition to being easy to apply, it is so affordable.  Normally, to add such a transformation to your home would cost you thousands!  That is why many people stick with their plain, flat walls.  This is not the case with faux wall paneling.  Each of our panels are made from a high quality polyurethane foam, and are far more affordable than their authentic counterparts.  And, because you can install them on yourself, no labor costs are required!

Last but not least, your newly texturized wall will last for years to come.  There is little to no maintenance involved, as polyurethane is impervious to moisture.  This keeps the panels resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  They will not crack, chip, or dent like authentic stone, wood, or brick either.  Also, if you wish to use them outdoors, you can do so!  They are totally weatherproof!

Check out our faux wall paneling options under our ‘Products’ tab and get creative in your home renovation by adding texture to your walls.

March 26, 2016

Does the title of this grab your attention?  Perhaps it is because you do not think this is a possible feat.  Rest assured, because you can indeed achieve a total bathroom renovation on a budget.  No need to spend your life savings and retirement redoing your bathroom.  The best part about redoing your bathroom is that when you go to sell, you are likely to get the money back and then some.  People look for updated bathrooms when they purchase a home, so really you must consider this an investment.  And the way to do it on a budget?  With faux wall paneling of course!

Faux wall paneling is ideal for a bathroom renovation for so many reasons.  First and foremost, it looks AMAZING!

Look at this gorgeous stone shower:

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And this beautiful accent wall behind the freestanding tub:

Could you ever have dreamt for something so beautiful right within your own home without going broke?

Faux wall paneling is as affordable as it gets; unlike authentic stone, tile, and brick!  It is made from a high quality polyurethane material that begins in foam form.  It is cast from whatever material it is trying to mimic, such as stone, brick, or wood.  It then dries to make an exact replica, and is painted to look the same.  The end result is uncanny, but costs a fraction of the price.  Each panel is also extremely lightweight (roughly 8 lbs) and can be installed all by yourself. So right then and there you are saving money as well because you don’t have to hire out any labor!

With authentic stone, you typically have to have heavy machinery in order to cut the pieces to fit.  With faux stone paneling, you can simply cut the ends with an exact-o knife to make them look exactly how you want them.  And, instead of crazy messy expensive mortar, you just use simple caulking!  They are easily adhered to the wall with screws, and take about 3-5 hours to completely install.  They are DIY for even the most novice of DIYers!  It truly doesn’t get better than that.

Last but not least, your faux wall paneled bathroom will look amazing for years to come.  In addition to being affordable, these bad boys are durable as well.  They are totally resilient to moisture, making them resistant to mold, mildew, and rot!  As you are well aware, a bathroom is a high volume moisture area.  And, typically, mold and mildew begin to form in the grout in between traditional tile and stone.  Not the case with faux wall paneling, and it can be easily cleaned with a damp rag!

There you have it, a total bathroom reno on a budget thanks to faux wall paneling from Faux Direct.

March 26, 2016

Whether you like it or not, your business monument sign is sort of like the face of your company.  Especially for those who have never been there before or have seen any marketing. The monument sign is what they see when driving down the street, and may or may not draw them inside, depending on how it looks.  People, whether they admit it or not, are notorious for judging things by their cover.  People judge others, restaurants, clothing stores, doctors offices, etc. by how they appear on the outside.  When it comes to how they spend their money, they want to make sure they are doing it at a place that is worth it.  What does your monument sign say about your business?  Is it inviting, or could it use some work?

If it could indeed use some work, you’ve landed in the right place.  At Faux Direct, we have what it takes to take your monument sign from drab to fab.  Faux stone paneling is the perfect way to completely transform your monument sign and make it look professional and inviting.  It is affordable, easy to apply, and will last for years to come.

Check out this beautiful faux stone monument sign:

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Faux stone is the way to go because it costs a whole lot less than authentic stone.  It is made from a high quality polyurethane that begins in foam form, and is cast from the authentic stone itself.  The end result is painted to match the original stone, and it includes all of the same textures and grooves of the original stone panel.  The only giveaway is how lightweight the material is, which makes it easy to install on your own.  Authentic stone, on the other hand, is extremely heavy, requires expensive tools and machinery, outside labor to install, and messy grout.  This is not the case with faux stone, and the end result still looks and feels the same!

The best part about using faux stone paneling (other than the cost and being able to install it yourself) is how durable it is.  It is designed to withstand the effects of all types of weather, both hot and cold.  It is also UV resistant, and resistant to mold, mildew, and rot!  How’s that for long lasting?  Your monument sign will require little to no maintenance whatsoever.  Choose your favorite faux stone paneling from our ‘Products’ section and makeover your monument sign to tell people who you really are!

March 24, 2016

Although we are only a few days into Spring, there’s no reason why you cannot jumpstart the season with the traditional spring cleaning and home remodeling projects!  Do not wait until the weather gets too hot to tackle that fireplace project you’ve been dreaming about doing for years, or you are sure to regret it.  Spring is the perfect season for new beginnings, and we are going to give you five ways to easily remodel your home this season.  Yep, you heard us right, we said easy!

  1. Fireplace Remodel. You may be thinking to yourself: now how on earth would a project like this be easy?  Well, with faux stone paneling, that’s how.  Faux stone panels are an amazing way to transform your fireplace easily and affordably.  At Faux Direct, we have a wide variety of faux stone options, all of which would look gorgeous applied to any fireplace.  They typically take 2-3 weeks to arrive, and only several hours to install.  You can do it all by yourself, and the end result will blow your mind.
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  3. Kitchen Backsplash. A kitchen backsplash is the perfect way to add dimension, texture, and contrast in your kitchen.  Ditch the traditional tile and opt for faux brick paneling instead.  Faux brick walls are all the rage, and look amazing when placed in the kitchen setting.  They are as durable as it gets and will look amazing for years to come.
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  5. Accent Wall. Adding an accent wall to your living room or sitting area will make the room feel like a completely different place!  It is an excellent way to accentuate a piece of art, photography, or simply delineate one room from another in an open concept floor plan.  Faux wood paneling is the way to go on this project.
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  7. Shower Oasis. Add faux stone panels to your shower to create a spa like oasis right in your very own home.  Faux stone panels are impervious to moisture, so they are perfect in this type of setting.  They are also resistant to mold, mildew, and rot!
  8. Exterior Transformation. Yep, you guessed it, you can even add faux wall paneling to the exterior of your home!  Add faux stone to the bottom portion of your front columns or faux brick to the entire front facing wall.  All of our faux wall paneling is weatherproof and UV resistant.
March 24, 2016

In any high moisture area, the chances of mold growing are probable.  If you live in a wet climate down South, you understand this more than anyone.  Mold testing companies are making a killing!  If you live in a dry climate, this does not exempt you from mold growing possibilities.  You still have rooms in your home, such as the bathroom, where mold and mildew can easily creep up without you even noticing.  The best way to prevent this from happening is to choose wisely when selecting the building materials in your bathroom, specifically around your tub or shower.

The best way to keep your bathroom free from mold is to use faux wall paneling in your bathroom, rather than authentic stone or tile.  The problem with authentic materials is that traditional grout is required.  Grout is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Why? Because it is so dang hard to clean!  You practically have to take acid to the grout in order to get out mold and icky stains (which, unfortunately are bound to happen if you actually use your tub or shower).

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Faux wall paneling from Faux Direct comes in a wide variety of stone, wood, and brick.  Any of them would look amazing added to your bathroom, depending on what style you are going for.  Faux wall paneling is ideal because it is made from a high quality polyurethane material.  Polyurethane, by nature, is impervious to moisture.  This makes it resistant to mold and mildew!  It is also easily wiped off with a damp rag, no harsh chemicals required.

In addition to keeping your bathroom free from mold and mildew, by using faux wall paneling you will save a great amount of money.  Adding any type of authentic stone to even the smallest shower can run you a solid $1-$2,000.  At Faux Direct we pride ourselves on offering high quality faux wall paneling at an extremely affordable price.  You can also install it yourself!  All of our shipments come with a step-by-step tutorial on how to apply the panels, and most people accomplish the project in a single afternoon.  All that is required are a few standard tools and either caulk or glue to get the job done.

Check out our wide variety of faux wall paneling under our ‘Product’ section, and transform your bathroom today in order to keep it free from mold and mildew for years to come.

 

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