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!