December 18, 2017

Nowadays Do It Yourself is all the rage.  DIY this, DIY that.  There are books on it, there is an entire website dedicated to it (Pinterest), and there’s an entire TV channel dedicated to it (diy network). Now, there are some people that claim certain projects are DIY, and then when you go to actually do them you are sure they were out to get you and make a fool out of you.  Their version of a DIY project is actually something that requires some serious skill.

Well, we have a DIY project with you that is actually doable.  It doesn’t pretend to be doable, but really require a contractor to complete.  In fact, it is so easy that it can be accomplished in a single afternoon.

Ready for it?

  • Faux Wall Paneling
    Faux wall paneling is the best DIY project around. Before we get into installation, let’s first talk about what it is.
  • What is it?
    Faux wall panels are faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood paneling designed to look exactly like their authentic counterparts.  They are cast from molds of authentic stone, brick, or wood using a material called polyurethane.  Polyurethane is great because it looks and feels real, but it isn’t! It is completely resistant to moisture which makes all of the panels mold, mildew, and rot resistant.
  • How is it Used?
    Faux wall panels are used on walls both indoors and outdoors.  They can be used to create accent walls, stone showers, brick kitchen backsplashes, exterior paneling, wine cellars, man caves, and much more.  Anywhere you can think that you want to add texture, faux wall paneling can accomplish the job.
  • How Durable are They?
    Because faux wall panels are made from polyurethane, they work great in areas of high moisture (bathroom, kitchen, etc.).  They are easily cleaned and do not require harsh chemicals to do so.  Faux wall panels are also weatherproof and can withstand all types of weather.  They are even UV resistant!  Basically, faux wall panels can last much longer than authentic brick, wood, or stone!
  • Okay…so how are they Installed?
    Well, glad you asked!  Faux wall panels are applied easily using a simple adhesive (liquid nails), screws and a screwdriver, and caulking.  We have an entire how-to guide on our website:  This can usually be done in a single afternoon, and is quite simple once you get going. The alternative?  Applying brick with mortar and grout.  Installing wood with heavy machinery and glue.  Installing stone with spacers, mortar, and grout. Unless you are a certified contractor, chances are you would have to hire out all the above jobs.
  • Conclusion
    Faux wall panels are the best DIY project around because they are actually doable.  They are simple to install, will last a lifetime, and cost far less than their authentic counterparts.  If you are thinking about doing a DIY project, look no further.  Faux wall paneling is the DIY project for you!
December 9, 2017

Alright guys, if you haven’t heard of these things yet, you’ve been missing out. Faux stone panels are seriously the best material for a complete wall transformation inside or outside your home.  Seriously.  They take a plain Jane, boring ole’ wall and turn it into one full of character, dimension, and unique design.  The applications are literally endless.
Because it is December, and the Holidays are in full swing, now is the perfect time to add faux stone panels to your home.  Especially if you are hosting any sort of party or family get together! There is something about stone that just screams cozy, warm, and inviting.

Here are a few ideas on how you can add faux stone panels to your home to be completely holiday ready:

  1. Accent Wall
    Faux stone panels look amazing when used to create an accent wall.  Do you have a room in your house that just needs a little something extra?  But you can’t put your finger on it?  It probably needs an accent wall.  Accent walls look awesome in Dining rooms, Living rooms, and even in bedrooms behind a bed.  Some people add them to the wall going up the stairs.  They are super easy to install and can be done in a single afternoon.   If you have always thought you were the type of person who couldn’t DIY, think again!
  2. Kitchen Backsplash
    Adding faux stone panels to your kitchen to create a backsplash is the perfect way to add some warmth to the room.  They work way better than traditional tile because the panels themselves are impervious to moisture.  This makes them easy to clean and resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  Three things that definitely do NOT belong in a kitchen.  Imagine your current kitchen being turned into a dreamy, cozy one for the holidays.
  3. Shower Interior
    Forget tile when it comes to the shower.  Faux stone panels are where it’s at.  Many people don’t realize this, but faux stone looks and feels exactly like authentic stone.  It is cast using molds from the real deal, so they contain every crack and crevice as their authentic counterparts.  They are then painted to match exactly.  The only way you can tell they aren’t real is because of the weight difference.  Once installed in your shower though?  No one will ever know.  Your secret will be safe with us.
  4. Home Exterior
    Fun fact: faux wall paneling can be used outdoors as well as indoors.  Crazy right!?  The panels are completely weatherproof and can withstand the effects of both hot and cold weather.  This makes faux stone panels the perfect addition to a home exterior.  Dress up the front of your house with faux stone panels, add a Christmas wreath and some lights and BOOM! Your house will be Holiday ready in no time.
  5. Fireplace
    Nothing screams Holiday cheer like a stone mantle/fireplace.  Lucky for you, you do not have to use authentic stone around a fireplace because a number of our faux stone panels also come in fire rated options! These panels are safe to use around heat sources and will complete the look of your family room.
December 4, 2017

The Winter time is a time that inevitably will slow you down.  As the air gets chillier and the roads get slicker, people are more apt to stay inside.  This forced downtime can cause some to have a bit of cabin fever.  Others may experience depression.  And some may even pack on the pounds because eating becomes their new favorite activity!  (At least that’s what happened to me when I lived in the Midwest.)  Despite what this change in weather typically does for you, it can be the perfect time to force you into getting all of those house projects done.  You know, the ones you always tell yourself you’re going to do?  The ones that have been on your to-do list for two years, but you can never seem to find the time?  Well, here ya go.  The cold winter months are the perfect time to accomplish them.  Today we are going to talk about simple remodel projects you can get done this winter, all done with faux wall paneling.

  • Kitchen Remodel
    Kitchens are typically the most sought after remodeling projects as homeowners spend a lot of time in this room.  After all, everyone has to eat.  And believe it or not, the aesthetic vibe of your surroundings can greatly alter your mood.  How does your current kitchen design make you feel?  An easy way to remodel your kitchen is by adding a kitchen backsplash.  This can be done without all of the messiness that typical tile includes by using faux wall paneling instead.  Faux brick panels or Faux stone panels are the most popular in the kitchen.  They are easy to apply, can be done so in a single afternoon, and are completely mess-proof and easy to clean. They look amazing too!
  • Bathroom Remodel
    An easy way to remodel your bathroom is by adding faux stone, brick or wood inside your shower! The panels are made from polyurethane, which by nature is a closed cell material.  In lamens terms, this means that no water can penetrate the surface, making faux wall paneling the perfect material for a shower.  It’s super easy to wipe clean and you don’t have to deal with messy grout.  The addition of faux wall paneling in your bathroom will transform the look completely, making your bathroom feel more like a spa with a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Bedroom Remodel
    A good place to start with a bedroom remodel is to first decide what look you want to go for.  A great place for inspiration is Pinterest, as it has thousands upon thousands of photos and how-to’s.  Simply mimic your favorite look as far as bedding and wall decor, and rearrange your furniture to give it a fresh look.  To top off the remodel, add an accent wall behind the bed using (yup, you guessed it) faux wall paneling to add dimension and texture to the room.
  • Basement Remodel
    If you are lucky enough to have a basement space, now is the time to add some pizazz to the downstairs area with faux wall paneling.  Create an actual man cave using faux stone panels or simply add an accent wall for a unique touch.  Basements are a great additional space, but people generally only like to use them if they feel comfortable in them.  If they are dark and damp and creepy, no one is going to want to go down there.  Add some value to your home by making your basement a comfortable place to relax! 
November 18, 2017

Is your current kitchen design in some dire need of updating?  Don’t fret, because many people find themselves in your shoes.  Time passes quickly, and unless you are constantly keeping up with the trends, you’ll find that one day you will wake up and your home decor will suddenly feel like a thing of the past.  Lots of people come to this realization and desire to make a big change in their home, but are nervous about the time and cost of the project.
A major choice for renovation in the home is the kitchen.  As most people know, kitchens and bathrooms are what sell a house.  So, if you view your house as an investment and one day want to sell it, you’ll most likely want to invest in one of these two projects first.  Today we will discuss kitchen design, and how to update it simply without spending tons of time or money.

  1. Hardware
    Swapping out current, dated kitchen hardware for newer, modern kitchen hardware is an extremely simple fix.  Simply head to Lowe’s or Home Depot and you will find a plethora of options.  This is an easy way to spice up your current kitchen cabinets without breaking the bank.
  2. Paint
    A little bit of paint can do absolute wonders Now, re-painting cabinets is no easy feat.  There is a lot of sanding involved.  And I mean a lot.  Another option is to go for Rustoleum , which contains a liquid stripping agent for the wood that allows you to skip the sanding.  Re-painting your cabinets white will make your kitchen feel fresh and new.  Consider also changing out the wall color for a lighter, neutral tone that will make the room feel larger and airier.
  3. Backsplash
    Typically, a kitchen backsplash is costly and time-sucking.  However, with faux brick paneling you can renovate your kitchen backsplash in a matter of a single afternoon.  At faux direct, we offer easy to apply, and quite durable faux brick panels.  Our faux brick panels are impervious to moisture making them incredibly easy to clean.  They are secured with liquid nails and screws, and are an easy DIY project for anyone to accomplish.
  4. Appliances
    We’ve saved this one for last because it is probably the most costly of these options. 
    However, keep in mind that updating your appliances can go a very long way (especially for resale value).  Many kitchens have dated appliances that are white or black, and stainless steel is quickly taking over the kitchen design world.  If you don’t have the money to buy brand new stuff at the store, try consignment.  There are many places you can get lucky and find gently used appliances that still have a lot of life left in them.  You still get the new updated look without paying the full price tag.  Sounds like a win-win situation to me!

There you have it; those are some easy ways to update your kitchen without spending a lot of time or money.  Chances are the newer, improved atmosphere will boost your mood, all while simultaneously boosting your overall home value.

November 11, 2017

If you weren’t able to decorate your home for Fall before Halloween, no worries.  There is still time! We have several weeks before Thanksgiving, and you can easily get your house into the Fall spirit with the simple tips below.  This article is perfect for those who are busy working, taking care of families, and simply don’t have time to sit around on Pinterest, crafting your life away.  While that would be nice, it isn’t exactly realistic.

So, here you have it:

  1. Natural Tablescape
    Creating a beautiful tablescape is an easy way to get the Fall mood flowin’. Head to Lowe’s and pick up a few cute little succulents from the Garden section.  Wrap them in burlap and secure with twine. Scatter those across the table, paired with candles, and natural linens.  Place little bowls on  the center of each plate filled with walnuts and BAM!, you have yourself a Fall tablescape with muted, earthy tones.  After all, who said Fall  decor had to be all Orange and ‘in your face’ anyways?  No thanks.
  2. Blackboard Wreath
    Instead of a traditional, over the top Fall wreath, hang a framed blackboard on your door and write (in your fanciest handwriting) something like: Welcome To Our Home, Give Thanks, or Happy Thanksgiving.  You can pick up a strand of faux fall floral from a craft store and secure it around the blackboard to give it a wreath-y feel.  If you don’t have a blackboard or have trouble finding one, you can always find a small vintage mirror or tray and paint it with chalkboard paint.
  3. Curb Appeal
    Share some of the Fall love with the neighbors on the street by dressing up your curb appeal.  This can be done quite easily and quite affordably.  Grab a few pots of Mums and have them arranged on your front porch as well as up the walkway.  Mix and match them with pumpkins, secure some cornstalk to your pillars, and add mini pumpkins along the tops of windows for a creative touch.  (pro tip: pumpkins can be found quite inexpensively at Costco and Trader Joes)
  4. Fireplace Magic
    If you have a fireplace, lucky you.  Fireplaces/mantles are basically meant for decorating.  They can be dressed up to each Season, and are quite magical in the Fall especially.  If you don’t have stone or brick around your fireplace, but have always dreamed of it, consider using Faux Stone or Faux Brick panels.  Faux stone paneling is ideal because it is DIY, heat resistant, and affordable.  Faux brick and faux stone panels look exactly like their authentic counterparts, and provide the perfect backdrop for decorating for the Fall season.  Apply faux foliage along the mantle with mini pumpkins and candles of varying heights to give it the perfect touch.
November 6, 2017

Many things in this world come and they go: seasons, waves, snowbirds, heartburn, and hormonal acne.  These are all examples of things that make a big ole’ noisy entrance, convince you to think that they’re sticking around for awhile, and then POOF! They’re gone!  Another, more relevant thing that comes and goes is trends; specifically design trends.  When it comes to your home design, do you keep up with the latest?  Or are you perfectly okay with your home slowly turning into a time machine capsule?

If you are, you do you, friend.  But if you want to hear about a revolutionary way to update your home without spending a ton of money, read on.
Enter: faux wall paneling.
Faux stone, brick, and wood paneling are a gorgeous, easy to apply material that can transform a home in a single weekend.  For example, you can use faux brick panels to create a new kitchen backsplash! Or you can use faux wood panels to create an accent wall behind your bed. Or, you can even use faux stone panels around your fireplace, indoors or out.  The options are endless.
These panels are an awesome way to update your home without spending like crazy.  The cost to apply them is far less than getting their authentic counterparts, and you avoid installation costs completely because they are DIY.  Literally, all you need is a little adhesive, a drill and some screws, and some caulk!  (Insert inappropriate joke punchline here).
One of the best things about faux wall panels is that they are totally weatherproof.  Each panel is designed to withstand the effects of any type of weather, from cold freezing snow to hot UV rays.  They are resistant to cracking and denting, too!  Faux wall panels are made from polyurethane, which is by nature a closed cell material. This means that nothing can penetrate their surface, making them impervious to mold, mildew, and rot.  I mean, does it get any better?
Yes, why yes it does! So glad you asked.  Last but not least, these panels are so authentic looking that no one will be able to tell that they aren’t “real”.  All of our panels at Faux Direct are made using a casting system.  The polyurethane is molded from their authentic counterparts, and then painted to match the colors exactly.  The texture and feel of these panels is completely uncanny.  No one will know your dirty little secret besides you.
If you are ready to update your home to change things up a bit and stay current on design trends, checkout our faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood panels now!

October 27, 2017

We’ve all been there.  You walk into a home and immediately feel like you’ve been placed into a time machine.  It’s almost like walking through a museum.  The kitchen floors are made of linoleum that is pretending to be tile.  The living room floors are covered in carpet that is hiding years of secrets (and dust mites and who knows what else).  The walls are dressed in wallpaper that makes you nauseous if you look long enough at it.  And don’t even get me started on the kitchen.  The kitchen, with its goal of making you feel like June Cleaver, instead makes you never want to pick up a spatula again.  You’d rather eat at Chipotle every night than have to chop onions on a green countertop surrounded by mustard yellow cabinets.  I know I know, first world problems right?
Despite the time warp, landing yourself a home like this is actually an incredible investment opportunity.  Chances are, you got the house for a pretty good price, and you now have the ability to transform it into something beautiful.  By following these simple steps, you can update this home and flip it for a profit in no time.

  1. Floors
    Floors can be extremely expensive, but who says you have to spend top dollar on authentic hard wood?  Instead, consider using tile.  They even make tile that looks like real wood! Yep, it’s true.  And it’s actually very affordable and very attractive.  So, rip that carpet up, tear out that linoleum, and have a ceremonial burning.  You can lay the tile yourself or hire a contractor.  Check Angie’s List for coupons.
  2. Walls
    Walls are a big one.  Simply removing wallpaper and painting a wall will do wonders for an old home.  However, wallpaper removal can be time consuming and costly.  Not to mention, there is usually drywall repair to be done.  Instead, consider using faux stone panels to cover the wall.  The best part about faux stone panels is they can be applied directly over any existing surface. They are easily secured with liquid nails and screws, and will last for years to come.  If stone isn’t your look, try faux wood or faux brick panels.  They make an amazing kitchen backsplash, accent wall, or even shower/bath wall.  They are also DIY!
  3. Cabinets
    Cabinets are one of the number one give aways of the age of a home.  You have particle board, and then you have real wood.  If you have particle board cabinets, it’s a really great idea to invest in wood ones.  You can find used ones and sand them down and paint them yourself.  You can even dress them up with fun knobs from Anthropologie or Hobby Lobby.
  4. Fixtures/Hardware
    Switching out fixtures and hardware is an exceptionally simple way to update a home.  You may find that your “new” old home has the classic boob light and the faucet hardware is far from being modern in style.  You can find a good amount of affordable alternatives at home improvement stores and you may even get lucky consignment or thrift shopping!
    The most important thing to remember is that Rome was not built in a day.  Updating a home takes time.  It requires patience, diligence, and a lot of hard work.  When it is all said and done, however, the results are worth it.  Whether you choose to live in the home or sell it, you will have made an investment into the future for yourself.
May 30, 2017
The appearance of brick on a home marks it as elegant and desirable, but the cost of purchase and installation puts it out of reach for most homeowners. As an artistic way to enhance an inside or outside area, installing a versatile Faux Brick Wall is easier and less expensive than using authentic stone. Brick imparts a natural aura that complements any home’s décor while creating a retreat for friends and family.

Decorating with Natural Themes
Elements of the outdoors can create a feeling of spaciousness indoors. As an update or a remodel, brick can transform a room and create new vitality. Homeowners, as well as builders and designers, are finding that a return to nature brings authenticity and consistency to a renovation. A tasteful blend of brick with wood captures and emphasizes the beauty of both materials.

By choosing to create the effect of natural materials, homeowners can accent a breakfast area, living room or patio. Brick panels on a barbecue grill or spirits bar enhance their accessibility and make them centers of activity for entertaining family or friends. With great effect, they can surround a breakfast bar or make a living room mantel look majestic with a Faux Brick Wall. A remodel with manufactured brick or stone can transform a room from merely interesting to one that is extraordinary.

Enhancing the Interior
Panels of faux brick that combine to form a decorative wall make an impact on the décor of a room that reflects the taste and sophistication of the owners. They can change an ordinary space to one that has an impact and vitality. The versatility of faux brick makes it an appropriate choice for any room. As a unique accent in a bathroom or a kitchen, brick can create a rustic or modern effect to complement the architectural style of a home. A burst of color that replaces a plain white wall makes a lasting and pleasing impact,

Enhancing the Façade
A strong first impression of a home usually is the one that lasts, and using brick on the façade can make it a favorable one. The columns and pillars that accent the front of many homes have a functional purpose, but accenting them with manufactured stone products that have a natural look can add distinction to the façade.

A Faux Brick Wall behind the vertical structures creates a pleasing visual contrast. Once the domain of stone masons, the installation of a decorative wall with manufactured materials requires no special skills. Introducing brick as a feature on a home’s façade increases its appeal and gives it a look of lasting permanence. The light weight and ease of handling make manufactured products an excellent choice for homeowners, builders and decorators.

Incorporating Creativity
Homeowners have an opportunity to put creative ideas to work in a remodel or revitalization home project. Without the need for expensive brick masons or complex skills, anyone can construct a new wall of manufactured brick or an accent in an activity area. The versatile, lightweight material costs a fraction of natural stone yet creates the same impressive effect. Creative ideas that become realities in a home enrich it and make it a welcoming retreat for family and friends.

May 29, 2017

Bathroom remodeling projects can be a relatively quick and inexpensive way to enhance your residence. If you’re looking to give your home bathroom a major upgrade, these tips can help you significantly. It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in brick design, faux stone design or anything else. Bathroom renovation is something that calls for a lot of care, focus and attention to detail.

There’s no doubt that bathroom renovation can be enjoyable and fulfilling. There’s also no doubt, however, that it can also be something that calls for a lot of planning and consideration. If you don’t plan your renovation project well, it could end up breaking the bank and wasting substantial amounts of your precious time, too. There are several practical and easy tips that can help you plan your bathroom renovation mission like a seasoned expert.

Get Your Bathroom Measurements

If you want to minimize the possibility of errors, it’s critical to get dependable and precise bathroom measurements before you start anything. This shouldn’t take you a lot of time. All you need is paper, a pencil and measuring tape. It’s important to have a grasp of the amount of space that’s available.

Figure Out Your Desired Bathroom Floor Plan

It’s important to clearly picture the layout you envision for your bathroom before you actually get to work. Designing a floor plan can be a pleasant and interesting experience. Determine whether or not you want to change the location of your toilet. Carefully consider the idea of changing window and door locations as well. These decisions can all contribute to your upcoming layout.

Select the Right Bathroom Fixtures

Bathroom fixture selection is a critical part of the renovation process. It’s important to carefully select fixtures that are appropriate for your goals and preferences. Don’t make the mistake of choosing any fixtures prior to setting up your layout. Your objective should be to establish a bathroom design that makes sense and that’s 100 percent harmonious. It’s also critical to plan a bathroom design that promotes strong air circulation.

Decide the Approach You Want to Take

Many people opt to take on bathroom renovation projects all by themselves. This can be a good idea for people who have time and energy to spare. There are also many people, however, who make the decision to recruit professional contractors. Both of these paths have their own pros and cons. Tackling a bathroom remodeling project alone can save you a significant amount of money. It can also be rewarding. It can even give you a sense of pride about the whole thing. Working with professional bathroom renovation experts, on the other hand, can also be a great idea for many reasons. Professionals have extensive experience and therefore generally know how to manage all sorts of tasks efficiently and easily. They also frequently are equipped with reliable and in-depth electrical expertise. This can come in handy for tasks such as exhaust fan installation.

Don’t Forget to Have a Blast

A bathroom is supposed to be a sanctuary of sorts. If you want your bathroom renovation project to go smoothly, you shouldn’t forget to enjoy yourself. It can be a blast to design a new bathroom layout. It can just as amazing to see it all come together, too. The addition of faux stone panels can make any bathroom look like a work of art.

May 28, 2017
Tile is one of the most versatile materials that can dress up your floors, backsplash, walls, counters and fireplace mantle. Whether you’re looking to overhaul your kitchen or a budget-friendly way to remodel your bathroom, tile is aesthetically pleasing and functional. The following are 12 ways you can enhance the look of your home environment using tile.

1. Improve Bathroom Flooring

If you’re looking to liven up your bathroom, while upping your home’s value, tile is a great improvement over laminate or vinyl. Keep things simple by using porcelain or ceramic tiles.

2. Cover Bathroom Walls

Tile isn’t solely used as a flooring material. You can also use it to cover the walls in your tub and shower. Travertine and subway tiles are upscale and stylish options. The materials are also simple to install, durable and come in variety of colors.

3. Keep the Bathroom Tile Scheme Going

Just because you’ve added tile to the bathroom floor doesn’t mean you should stop. You can also expand by using the material to cover your tub and shower. To add unique character, choose a decorative border or patterned tiles and mix throughout.

4. Add a Layer of Protection with Wainscoting

Between your shower, toilets and faucets, water can flow continuously in a bathroom setting. If you have drywall, the material may show some serious damage over time. Tile wainscoting adds a layer of protection to areas with the most wear and tear.

5. Bring Character to the Kitchen Back splash

If your kitchen is ho hum, you can add character to your cooking area with an appealing tile back splash. Colorful tiles in glass are ideal for a classic look. Metal tiles also work best in the kitchen because they can withstand spills and heat.

6. The Great Outdoors

In addition to the inside, tile can also be an excellent resource for your patio, pool and outdoor kitchen. Whether you already have the foundation or you’re looking to start from scratch, limestone and sandstone materials are functional and attractive material options. Another eye-catching look outdoors is to use faux stone panels to update or create an exterior outdoor wall.

7. Update a Corridor

Hallways are typically a boring pathway that leads a homeowner from room to room. You can update your corridors by using a bright or patterned tile in the empty space.

8. Jaw Dropping Entryway

An entryway is the first impression you and your guests will make upon when walking into a home. To ensure that it’s jaw dropping, install such classics such as travertine or sandstone for a bold look.

9. Spruce Up an Accent Wall

Most homeowners turn to paint to brighten up an accent wall. If you’re looking for something unique, larger tiles in a colorful hue adds a touch of class to the prominent rooms of your living space. To modernize an accent wall, you can use faux stone panels to transform your room into something cozy and inviting.

10. Customize Shelves

For some, a tiled wall may seem extreme. You can start small by customizing your built-in shelving units instead. By selecting the right style and color to suit your room, you can add visual depth to your great room, den or dining room.

11. Enhance the Look of Furniture

You can redirect the focus of your furnishings by adding tile to headboards, coffee tables or end pieces. From glass to mosaic, the look can liven up your current furniture.

12. Create a Piece of Art

Some people may not be ready for the permanency of tile. But if you’re looking to wet your toes you’re into the seas of tile, you may consider tile-based works of art. For a simple touch, add mosaics vertically to an entryway.

When you’re thinking tile, the skies the limit. A great place to start is in the kitchen and bathroom areas of the home. You can then expand by adding this attractive and function material to the other areas of your residence.