Jan 182013

There’s nothing more classically American than a Franklin stove – and faux panels can make the perfect showcase for one.

Using decorarive stone panels, this customer created a wonderful stove shelf and accent wall combination.

Before and after – the finished product looks amazing.

It was Benjamin Franklin, one of the fathers of our country, who invented the enclosed fireplace we know as a “stove.” And today, millions of Americans have stoves in their home – one of the first, and most famous, innovations to be proudly labeled “made in America.”

We were recently sent photos of a faux panel project one of our customers completed, in which he chose to add a stove to his modern home. But while the mechanics of installation were simple enough, a traditional cast-iron stove looked totally out of place in the corner of his up-to-date living room.

One solution would be to create a stacked stone fireplace to keep the stove on; built with real stone slabs that absorb and radiate the heat from the stove itself. However, that would be incredibly labor-intensive and expensive; requiring thousands of dollars worth of material, expert stone-working skills and days or even weeks of labor.

Faux stone panels work great as a finishing touch around traditional stove for a sophisticated touch.

This close up reveals just how perfectly our faux stone panels mimic the look and texture of real stone.

Fortunately, faux stone panels offered a cost-effective alternative that didn’t compromise on looks. Using our Wellington Drystack Faux Stone panels in earth shades, our enterprising homeowner was able to create a shelf for his stove, and then cover it in a three-dimensional, vividly-textured stonework veneer that attached directly to the wood.

The result? As you can tell from these pictures, it looks as robust and timeless as any authentic stone shelf would – but took just hours to install, instead of days.

Even better, our faux stone panels are molded out of durable polyurethane foam, which means cutting them to shape and size required only basic carpentry skills, and regular tools that most people have in their garage. The panels themselves can even be cut with a regular wood saw!

And even better – and particularly well-suited for use near a stove or fireplace – many faux stone panel products can be ordered fire-rated; offering additional peace-of-mind and another reason why “going faux” is such a smart move.


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