June 30, 2016

After a recent binge watching session of Fixer Upper, do you have the idea in your mind that you now absolutely must have a kitchen backsplash?  Not just any backsplash either, but a beautiful, rustic, country, farmhouse looking brick backsplash?  Yep, Joanna Gaines really does have that effect on people.  Well, if you find yourself in this boat, you are not alone.  So many people love the vibe that the modern farmhouse look gives off, and having a brick kitchen backsplash is a must-do if you are looking to accomplish this.

Unfortunately, many people are swayed away from going through with obtaining the brick backsplash they have been dreaming about simply because of the cost and time it takes to install.  Finding the right brick can be a total hassle, and once all is said and done, such as getting enough of the brick, purchasing grout, paying someone to install it, and then the expensive cost of sealing it, you can really find yourself in the hole.

Enter: faux brick paneling.  Thank. Goodness.

Faux brick paneling is the answer to the problems mentioned above.  First of all, it is extremely affordable.  Faux brick panels cost a fraction of authentic brick because they are made from a synthetic material called polyurethane.  Although synthetic, it still looks and feels incredibly real.  The polyurethane begins in foam form and is cast from authentic stone.  The end result is painted to match it perfectly.  The only giveaway?  How lightweight the panels are.

Second of all, you can install it yourself!  Because they are so lightweight, installation is easy peasy.  All of our panels come with a step-by-step installation guide (can also be found under our ‘Resources’ tab), and are typically installed in a single afternoon.  All that is required are a few standard tools and simple caulking or glue.  This means you do not have to pay a contractor to come out and do the hard work for you.

Lastly, faux brick paneling will last for years to come.  Unlike authentic brick, it will not crack, chip or dent.  It will not require any sort of maintenance, and works wonderfully as a backsplash because the material is impervious to moisture.  This makes all Faux Direct’s faux brick paneling resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  The perfect situation for a kitchen backsplash, where the chances of splashing and spilling are pretty high.

Are these enough reasons to choose faux brick paneling?

Not to mention, it looks amazing:

FD faux brick kitchen backsplash

June 29, 2016

Have you ever heard the term ‘work smarter not harder’ ? This is the term given for the idea that you can actually do less, but still be just as (if not more) profitable.  When it comes to home renovations, this term is your best friend.  The last thing you want to do is spend hours and hours on a project that could have been done in a fraction of the time.  Neither do you want to put in a ton of hard effort and spend tons of money on something that had an easier alternative.  Are we right or are we right?

So, how does one accomplish such a thing?

With faux wall paneling, of course.

Faux wall paneling is the ideal way to complete a home renovation or remodeling project with little to no work involved.  Let’s think about this for a second.  How long do you think a typical stone fireplace project would take, for instance?   Not to mention, how much money would you have to spend? Something like this:

faux stone fireplaceIt would probably take several weeks to complete.  You would have to spend a great deal of money on stone, as well as pay a contractor to install it.  There would be lots of stone cutting and a huge mess associated with all of the grout and mortar to put it up.  The end result would be gorgeous, but lots of work would have been put into it as well as lots of money spent.  Umm, no thanks!

With faux stone paneling, you can accomplish a project just like a stone fireplace in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost.  Talk about working smarter, not harder!  Faux stone panels from Faux Direct all look and feel extremely real, so you don’t have to worry about compromising on quality or the end result.  Our panels are made from a high quality polyurethane material, and the only giveaway that they aren’t real is how lightweight the panels are.  However, because of this, you can actually install them yourself!  Yep, they are DIY.  All that’s required are a few standard tools and either simple caulking or glue for installation.  A typical faux stone fireplace takes roughly 3-4 hours, or a single afternoon to accomplish.  When it’s all said and done, you will have a huge change that took little work to accomplish looking like this:

June 28, 2016

Have you ever stopped to think about what ‘home improvement’ actually meant?  Was it just a 90s sitcom full of silly jokes:

home improvement 1weird noises from Tim the Tool-man Taylor:

home improvement 2and a faceless neighbor? :

home improvement 3Although none of us 80’s babies wouldn’t be the same if Jonathan Taylor Thomas hadn’t made a lasting impression on our hearts via this blessed show, home improvement is much more than a silly sitcom.

JTTHome improvement refers to the actual process of renovating or remodeling a home.  Doing so improves the home’s appearance, comfort, style, and ability to resell.  Many people are into home improvement projects for a number of reasons:

  • fun to accomplish
  • allows you to dabble in DIY projects
  • allows for a more livable space
  • improves aesthetic appeal
  • helps sell a home

Home improvement really brings a great amount of value to a home.  Not only does it make the space more enjoyable for the time that you are living in it, but it increases the amount of money you will net when you go to sell and move on.  This is huge.  Properties, as the economy changes, will fluctuate.  They either gain or lose value.  Sometimes, just a matter of time passing will make a property gain in value.  With home improvement projects, however, your odds are much higher for that value increase to take place.

The most popular types of home improvement projects include (in no particular order): front yard makeovers, repainting the walls to make them brighter, replacing the furnace/AC, window replacement, opening up walls to give more of an ‘open concept’ floor plan, hardwood flooring, brick or stone fireplaces, bathroom renovations, popcorn ceiling removal, and kitchen updates.

Several of the aforementioned home improvement projects can be done on your own as a fun and easy DIY project.  Many people love DIY projects because they allow for creativity, a sense of a job well done, and time and money savings.  At Faux Direct, we know this better than anyone.  You can accomplish a kitchen and bathroom remodel as well as a stone or brick fireplace in a matter of hours with faux wall paneling.  Oodles of money will be saved as well as little time spent in order to accomplish these home improvement projects.  In the end, you will have a much more enjoyable space to spend time in with your family, greater aesthetic appeal, and simultaneously increase the value of your home.

June 28, 2016

If you’re looking to get your hands just a tiny bit dirty and accomplish a fun home project all on your own, we have just the DIY project for you.  DIY, after all, is basically taking over the world.  No one wants to pay someone else to do something they can do for themselves.  In addition to this, there is a true sense of satisfaction that comes along with accomplishing a project on your own.  A satisfaction that is only gained through the DIY experience, and no one can give it to you or take it away.

Ok, we hear you…enough of the philosophical stuff, get to the point.  What is the best DIY project you can accomplish?  A faux stone accent wall, that’s what.

Something like this:

accent wall living roomYou might be thinking that this is far above your experience and capability levels.  While it looks that way, you might be surprised.  Faux stone paneling is actually incredibly easy to install.  At Faux Direct, all of our shipments come with a step-by-step installation guide.  This can also be found under the ‘Resources’ tab on our main page.

The reason faux stone paneling is so easy to apply is because of how lightweight the panels actually are.  This is due to the material they are constructed from: polyurethane.  Polyurethane, unlike authentic stone, is easy to pick up and handle.  While it is not authentic stone, it looks and feels like it!  It begins in foam form and is cast from its authentic counterpart.  This makes the end result look almost identical, as all of the same cracks and crevices are present and it is painted to look exactly the same.  Doesn’t get much better than that!  Stone panels that actually aren’t stone, but look like stone, and cost a fraction of the price.  And are super easy to install!  Most people can accomplish an accent wall in a single afternoon.  All that’s needed are a few standard tools and either caulk or glue.

Accent walls are an awesome addition because they help delineate one room from another, especially in an open concept floor plan.  They are also good at highlighting a specific feature, such as a fireplace or particular piece of artwork.  The accent wall becomes the focal point of the room, and all of the furniture is then arranged around it.

So what’s next?  Head to our ‘Products’ section and select your favorite faux stone paneling.  Once it arrives (2 – 3 weeks later), you can install a gorgeous accent wall all on your own for the best DIY project ever!

June 28, 2016

When home remodels take place, oftentimes a great deal of hassle is involved.  Take a kitchen remodel, for example.  If the countertops are going to be replaced, the current countertop must be completely removed in order for the measurements and fabrication of a new one.  Once the fabrication takes place, the materials have to be ordered.  This can take 1-2 weeks, and in the meantime one cannot use their countertops or sink area.  Although it is considered a ‘first world problem’ by a landslide, it can be quite the hassle for a family to go without a kitchen for a couple weeks.

Remodeling Your BathroomCountertops are only a small portion of what takes place during a kitchen remodel.  People can also go without appliances during their replacement, have tape and drop cloths lining the room for a repainting project, and stone or brick combined with messy mortar in every crack and crevice during a backsplash project.  Although this is a small price to pay when doing something as large as a kitchen renovation, it can still be quite the hassle for an average American to deal with.

So, how does one cut down on the hassle of a remodel project?

Why, with faux wall paneling of course.

While faux wall panels cannot be used for countertops, they can absolutely be used for a backsplash.  In fact, this is one of their most common applications.  By choosing faux brick or faux stone paneling for a kitchen backsplash, you will cut down on the overall hassle immensely.  First of all, you will save a great deal of money.  Second of all, you will not have to hire a contractor as the paneling is DIY.  Third of all, there will be no associated mess of cutting bricks or pieces of stone, or messy mortar to deal with.  As you are probably aware, a project with authentic brick or stone could take days or even up to a week to complete.  Faux brick or faux stone application, however, only takes several hours.

In addition to the benefits mentioned above, your faux wall paneled backsplash will last for years to come.  The panels are made from a high quality polyurethane material, which is impervious to moisture.  This is exactly what you want when dealing with a backsplash so no moisture gets into your kitchen walls.  This means no mildew, no mold, and no rot!

For your next remodel project consider using faux wall paneling to cut down on the associated hassle!

June 24, 2016

When your guests come to stay, you want them to feel as comfortable as possible.  Even if their stay is only for one night.  You can probably think back to a time where your stay at someone’s house was less than pleasant; perhaps the bed was the perfect size for a 7 year old girl (not exactly a grown married couple), the hamster in the room ran on its wheel all night, the lack of curtains prompted you to wake up at 6 a.m. sharp alongside Mr. Sun, or you had no choice but to book an appointment with your chiropractor immediately upon returning home, as the mattress was more similar to a crouton than a place where one should sleep.  While those scenarios might be a little dramatic, we are sure you can understand where we are coming from.

brick accent wallDo not let these guest accommodations become the ones you provide for your guests.  Make your guest space as nice as possible, but do so on a budget with these following tips:

  1. Comfort. The most important factor, the one that should never be overlooked, is providing your guests comfort.  If you simply cannot afford a new mattress at this time, don’t sweat it!  Head to Bed, Bath & Beyond and search for a soft foam or alternative down topper.  The price tag isn’t anywhere close to a new mattress, but will make the sleeping experience much more comfortable.  In addition to a cozy mattress, make sure there are ample amounts of pillows and blankets.  Head to stores such as Home Goods or TJ Maxx to find the best prices on these items.
  2. Window Treatments. No one likes to feel as if they are in a fish bowl.  At the least, make sure your windows have blinds.  To go above and beyond, add blackout curtains to enhance their sleeping experience.
  3. Unique Features. Set your guest room apart with bold, contrasting colors in the throw pillows, unique potted plants, or even a texturized accent wall behind the bed.  Faux stone or faux brick paneling look incredible behind a bed as an accent wall, add texture and dimension, and are extremely affordable.  You can even install them yourself!  This will absolutely set your guest room apart and be sure to wow your visitors.
  4. Amenities. Make your guests feel like they are at a hotel- provide clean towels on their beds, and put together a cute basket full of toiletry items that they might need.  You can purchase ‘mini’ items at Target in the cosmetic section: shampoo, conditioner, body soap, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc.  It will be the perfect little touch to make your guests feel honored and cared for.
June 24, 2016

If you are going to spend the associated time and money to accomplish a home renovation project, no matter what it may be (kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, pool, patio, etc.), make sure you choose the most durable materials possible.  If you go through all of the hard effort and then the materials are ruined by something as silly as mold or termites, you have done a bunch of hard work for nothing.  It might sound redundant, but surprisingly happens to unsuspecting home owners all the time.

First of all, you need to do your research.  If your project is outdoors, such as a fire pit or an outdoor kitchen, what materials are going to best weather the storm?  If you’re planning on creating a backsplash in the kitchen, what material is going to be the least absorbent so cooking doesn’t send you into a full blown panic attack?  For example, many people love the look of marble countertops, but do not want to stress over accidentally leaving a blueberry on the surface for longer than an hour.

home-remodeling-ideas-Home-Renovation-Ideas-4At Faux Direct, we manufacture and sell the most durable material there is: faux wall paneling.  Faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood can accomplish nearly any home renovation project you can dream up.  Whether you want to create an authentic man cave with stone walls or a brick fireplace or even add wood paneling to the exterior of your home, faux wall paneling is there to get the job done.

All of our faux wall panels are made from a high quality polyurethane material that begins in foam form. It is cast from the authentic stone, brick, or wood and then once dried it is painted to match the original material completely.  The best part about polyurethane is that it is a closed cell material.  This means that no moisture can penetrate its surface.  This makes each panel resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  If you use it outdoors, you will not have to worry about the weather either.  All of our panels are designed to withstand all types of weather, both hot and cold.  They are also UV resistant! Last but not least, they are termite resistant too.  No pesky bugs will be munching on your gorgeous wood paneled walls, no-siree!

Do yourself a favor for your next home renovation project and use the most durable material possible: faux wall paneling from Faux Direct!

June 24, 2016

Do not give up on your dream of obtaining a gorgeous stone fireplace that runs from your floor to your ceiling simply because you cannot afford the materials.  While it is a wise thing not to put your bank account in the red, it is also wise to educate yourself on alternate materials.  If you cannot achieve an authentic stone fireplace, have you ever considered the use of faux stone paneling? Many people write off this notion immediately simply because they do not feel that synthetic material would be safe around the heat from the flames.  While this can be the case, it is not always the case.

faux stone fireplaceAt Faux Direct we offer fire rated faux stone panels.  This means that the panels are actually designed specifically for use around heat sources such as fireplaces, stoves, etc.  Although the material may be synthetic, it is not going to burst into flames and burn the house down.  What a relief, right?

So, does this mean what you think it means?

Yes, it does! You can still have that gorgeous stone fireplace you have always dreamt of.  No need to throw that dream out the window because you are afraid to add a fire hazard to your home.  While authentic stone is also fire rated and looks gorgeous in its raw, untouched beauty; it is extremely expensive, requires additional labor fees, and is messy as can be.  It takes days, sometimes weeks to install!  With faux stone paneling, you will not only save money in materials and labor, but you can install it yourself in a matter of hours.  Most people accomplish a faux stone paneling project such as a fireplace in a single afternoon.

Our faux stone panels are made from the highest quality polyurethane material.  It actually begins in foam form, and is cast from authentic stone.  Once dried, it will contain all of the same cracks, grooves, and indentations that the authentic stone panels do.  It will then be painted to match the original stone exactly, leaving the end result almost an exact replica.  The only giveaway will be how lightweight the paneling is, which is what enables you to be able to install it yourself.  It is almost too good to be true: synthetic stone paneling that looks and feels real (but isn’t) and is fire rated!  Doesn’t get much better than that!

June 24, 2016

If you haven’t heard of it yet, you are sure to at some point.  Tiny houses are the ‘new thing’.  For some reason we cannot possibly figure out, people all over the country are selling their homes, donating a majority of their belongings, and moving their families into tiny houses.

By tiny, we mean tiny.

Take a look:

To put it into perspective for you, the typical American home is around 2,600 square feet.  The typical tiny house?  100-400 square feet!  Talk about a massive difference.  The most popular reasons people are choosing to move into tiny homes are environmental concerns, financial motivation, as well as the desire to have more freedom to do other things with their lives.  After all, if you aren’t paying a mortgage, chances are you will probably have a lot more wiggle room in the ole’ budget.

tiny houseThe fun part about moving into a tiny home is the design phase.  Each home is custom built and tailored to exactly who is moving into it.  If you are going to downsize that much, you are definitely going to want to make sure that the home fits and meets your personal and family needs, having all of the features you will use on the daily and eliminating those that you won’t.  People are having a blast customizing their tiny homes, choosing everything down to the materials used to build them.

At Faux Direct we are proud to announce that faux wall paneling is a popular material that is used in the design phase.  Faux brick, faux wood, and faux stone are all being incorporated into the interior and exterior design of these little houses.  Depending on the person’s style, the paneling is chosen and can be used virtually anywhere inside or outside the house.

Faux brick and faux stone are popular choices for tiny home kitchens as well as the bathroom walls.  Faux wood looks great in the remainder of the home, and all three are popular for external use.  Using faux wall paneling goes right along with the whole notion of saving money through purchasing a tiny home, because of how cost affective it truly is.  In addition to this, it is applied quickly and effortlessly (unlike authentic stone, brick and wood!).  The very best part about faux wall paneling is its durability factor.  No matter what weather comes in the direction of the tiny home, the panels can handle it.  They are UV resistant, weatherproof, and resistant to mold, mildew, and rot!  If you are one of the people who have joined the tiny home craze, consider using faux wall paneling from Faux Direct to complete the customization process.

June 23, 2016

With all the hype on HGTV and Pinterest, you are probably left with the slightest feeling that a remodel on a budget is actually a possibility.  It might sound too good to be true, at first glance, but if there are TV shows and multiple blog posts on DIY projects and money saving tips, then there must be some sort of truth to the matter.  Right?

Right.

At Faux Direct, we know this better than anyone.  Not only do we deliver high quality, affordable materials to make your remodeling dreams possible, but we also go out of our way to provide you tips and tricks on current trends and how to get the job done.

FD Stone Kitchen backsplashIn order to accomplish a kitchen remodel on a budget, you need to first plan ahead on what materials you will use. Then, decide on an order in which the project will be carried through.  Here is a rough blueprint to follow:

  1. Cabinets. Most people start here when it comes to the kitchen remodel.  Instead of purchasing all new cabinetry, why not repaint what you already have in order to make it look brand new?  There are even types of paints out there that eliminate the need for your cabinets to be sanded down ahead of time, which will greatly cut back on the amount of time spent.  Check out Benjamin Moore’s Advance line.
  2. Hardware. Once the cabinets are repainted, you can make them look even newer through the addition of hardware. This can be found affordably priced at your local home improvement store.
  3. Countertops. Is it time to get rid of the linoleum countertops?  If so, consider using quartz instead of granite to save on money.  You can even shop for countertop slabs on website such as Craigslist for a fraction of the price, and then they can be cut down in order to fit your actual kitchen size.
  4. Appliances.  If you need to update your kitchen appliances, no need to fret.  While this can be an area that will either make or break the bank, you can keep it on a budget by purchasing second hand.  There are many sites out there that allow you to do this in a reliable manner, such as eBay & Offer Up.  You can also check out local consignment stores.
  5. Backsplash.  Last but not least, the kitchen backsplash can be accomplished in no time with faux brick or faux stone paneling. Either option make for a gorgeous backsplash, and it can be applied on your own.  All of Faux Direct’s faux wall paneling is resistant to moisture, making them easy to keep clean.  They are durable, affordable, and the ultimate material to complete your kitchen remodel.

 

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