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: http://fauxdirect.com/indoor-panel-installation/.  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! 
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