July 26, 2018

Summertime is beginning to come to a close and families are beginning to prepare for the return to school. This is a popular time for those final summer projects to get squeezed in before your schedule becomes too crazy! As you look around your home, we want to talk about a new way to spruce up your style.

Exposed brick in the home has quickly risen in popularity in home design. This design element is often found in industrial and urban apartments, lofts, restaurants, converted warehouse spaces and even historical buildings. Exposed brick is coveted by many, but usually it is a look that is only available in order homes.

Thankfully, what you may not know, is that the brick look can still be achieved inexpensively with faux brick panels! This trick is an easy, cheap, do-it-yourself project.

Faux Brick Materials

Faux brick panels come in many different forms. Some are made from cement that has been formed into molds that are made from real bricks to help give it an authentic textured look. Others are made from actual clay substance so that it can provide the exact same look and feel of real brick. You can also find real brick that has been cut into thin tiles.

The most lightweight option on the market, however, are Faux Direct’s faux wall panels. They are made from a polyurethane plastic material making them extremely lightweight, but are still formed from real brick, giving them that real brick style and texture.

Using Faux Brick as an Accent
The best part about the faux brick panels, is the versatility involved in bringing attention to your the important parts of your home. Use it on your fireplace to make an otherwise average fireplace a gorgeous focal point in the room. When you want to emphasize the height of a tall wall in your place, the brick can be taken all the way to the ceiling and also be used to create the impression of having tall walls when they are lacking.  Wrap an otherwise bland kitchen island or home bar in them. You can even use them outside to increase the curb appeal of your home. The options are endless when it comes to faux brick panels.

Embellishing Faux Brick
Keep in mind that faux brick can even be pained to suite your style. When going this route, make sure that a latex primer is used first. This will ensure that you have good coverage and that the paint will have good adhesion to the faux brick. There are several styles you can choose from here:

– A cleaner and a more updated look could be a shade of either white or gray.
– Hip and modern looks could be more of a bold and bright color such as turquoise, a sunny  yellow or coral.

A whitewash finish can be given to the faux paneling when you paint the grout lines with a white primer, as well. Then once the primer dries, put a small amount of a white paint of your choosing onto a dry brush then wipe most of it off. Once that is done, lightly feather the paint all across your paneling.
A spray bottle that is filled with water can be used to help even out the thicker spots. Make sure to practice different painting techniques on a spare panel before doing it on your actual panels to be installed your home! This will help to ensure there are no permanent mess-ups.

Whatever you choose, we hope you feel like you can make your home, YOU. Check out our website today to see what panels we have available to kickstart your final summer project!

July 19, 2018

It’s summertime, and the walls of the house are starting to look like they need some love. The itch to make some changes sets in, and the thoughts begin to start to creep into your head. Where to begin?!

 

The best way to enhance your walls is with beautiful wall coverings. There are more and more types and styles of wall coverings being made, and the desire for them is becoming increasingly popular. Faux panels have risen steadily in popularity, as there is an expansive range of styles to choose from. At the base level, a wall covering can be used to cover a certain wall for utilitarian purposes or for decorative purposes.

However, it is important to think through the long-term implications of the wall coverings that you can put into your home. Your choice of wall coverings for your room will vastly affect your room’s design and function. Follow the guidelines below to ensure that you pick out the best wall covering for your perfect home.

Create a (realistic) Budget!
Wall treatments come in many shapes, sizes, and prices. Because of this, it’s easy to spend anywhere from a small amount of money to thousands of dollars on the perfect wall covering. If you are looking to buy a wall covering for your home, you should determine how much you are willing to spend or can realistically afford to spend before starting your shopping process. If you do this at the beginning, it will save a considerable amount of time as the options start to flood in.

Think About Purpose!
William Wordsworth once said “Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.” Before you begin picking out and purchasing wall coverings, think about the purpose of the room. Don’t just hang up any old picture when instead you could put in a beautiful wall covering. What is the vision behind each wall? You want the wall coverings to blend well with the existing style of the room.

 

Remember, walls in a high traffic area need more upkeep. For example, light swatches on a high traffic wall tend to show more fingerprints, and dining room walls might receive more furniture scratches from chair backs. Clean treatments are most preferred for walls that tend to have a lot of action.

Endless Options
As mentioned earlier, there are many different wall coverings, and you should choose the right cover that suits your décor, budget, and room’s functionality.

The least expensive wall covering is actually paint. Paint comes in a variety of finishes and is easy to clean up. Pain excels in creating decorative finishes on the walls. These finishes are called faux finishes, and you can use this technique to create faux leather, fauxstone, or even faux marble.

Wallpaper and tile are two other good options. Wallpaper is fairly inexpensive while tile falls on the higher end of the price scale. The best part about wallpaper is the easy ability to clean it and it’s ability to cover flaws in the wall. Tile is nice because tiles come in a large array of materials such as marble, porcelain, ceramic, and granite. There are also all sorts of fun new shapes and patterns of tiles available to give you any look your going for from a sleek and modern design to old and rustic.

Our favorite wall covering option is of course, faux wall panels. Faux Panels are easy to install and therefore a great DIY project. Faux panels are also affordable and come in several options such as wood, brick, stone, and even bamboo. They are also very durable and resistant to high traffic, as they can be easily cleaned with water and a rag to remove any spills or fingerprints. When you are looking for the perfect blend of flexibility and creativity, go no further.

July 12, 2018

Have you been thinking of updating your home? Home improvement projects such as wall addition, repair, and replacement, are fairly routine and if done well can go a long way to enhance the layout and functionality of the home for years. This article will give you some tips and ideas when preparing for the next big home improvement!

Make sure the size of the project is taken into consideration when starting home repairs. Think about the number of procedures that will be needed to complete everything. Projects like: Drywall texturing, installation of moisture resistant drywall, nail pop repair and extensive room separation using fauxstoneand other materials all can take time and money. It is important to think ahead and have a plan in place.
There are several reasons a homeowner can be pushed to undertake drywall repairs.

  • Emerging cracks
  • Moisture damage
  • Mice damage
  • Doorknob holes
  • General wall wear and tear

That is why drywall replacements are needed. Drywall replacements allow the option of more durability along with weather proofing. The application of a moisture resistant drywall is appropriate in areas where moisture is perverse like the basement, kitchen, bathroom and garage. The replacement walls also look really nice! Various textures can be applied to give the room different looks.

Some of the most practical drywall texturing options to consider include; popcorn drywall texturing, knockdown drywall texturing and orange peel drywall texturing. The popcorn drywall texturing often creates a thick and elaborate finish on the drywall. The thickness is attained by allowing the drywall to mix naturally without flattening the compound once it is placed on the wall. The orange peel drywall, on the other hand, exudes a compact rough appearance. The texture is never smoothened to create a flat surface. If your home is prone to moisture damage and mold, it is very important to install a moisture resistant drywall in spite of its steep price.

But remember, changing and updating the home should be fun! The goal should be to remain cost-efficient while staying flexible with options. That is why faux panels are so great, as there a wide variety of shapes and designs that you can choose from. Below are 3 popular room separation design ideas that can be implemented at home:

  • Add a half wall to create a separation that does not negate the notion of one large room.
  • Create a new room by erecting a full wall on the interior of the house
  • Use creative dividers such as bookshelves.

Finally, try and incorporate faux stone into your home repair. Faux stone provides true flexibility and allows for ultimate creativity. Enjoy the incredible variety of colors and textures than will allow you to make your home the best it can look.

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