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Kitchen Island Faux Panel Installation

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Faux panel installation begins with making sure all surfaces are clean and prepped. Plan your layout to ensure the best look before your start installing anything. Start your kitchen island panel installation at the corner.

1. Begin your faux panel installation by ensuring the surface you’re attaching panels to is clean. We recommend wiping down the surface with a brush or rag but a wire brush may be necessary on harder surfaces. Also, make sure to wipe clean the back of your panels as well.

Panels need to be acclimatized to approximately the same temperature and humidity as the installation surface for about 24 hours. Make sure to store your panels flat. Do not store Faux Panels® in direct sunlight or close to heat sources prior to installation.

2. Plan the layout for your kitchen island so that your panels will best suit the space. 3.Start your faux panel installation with a corner. We suggest installing from left to right. Apply glue to back of your corner piece as shown.
Glue and screws will fasten panels to your kitchen island securely. Glue or construction adhesive will ensure a proper hold for your faux panels®. Glue along the lip of the panel will help following panels to hold correctly and look great.
4. Fasten panels to your kitchen island using screws around the panel’s perimeter at roughly one foot apart or less. Additional screws will be needed in the middle of the panel at a rate of about 1 screw per square foot. Screws should be very slightly recessed below the surface of the panel. Do not over tighten the screws. We recommend using exterior grade screws if your panels are being installed in high moisture areas. 5. Apply glue to the back of your panel as shown. 6. Adhesive/Glue should be applied to the lip of the panel where the next panel will overlap, about 1 inch away from the textured surface.
Panels are designed to interlock for a more natural, traditional masonry appearance. You may be left with a gap on your kitchen island install which will be filled with cut panels. Dry fit your panel and mark where cuts will be needed to fill your gaps.
7. Interlock the panel on your kitchen island with the previously installed corner piece and continue with your faux panel installation on the remaining row(s) as previously directed. 8.In some cases there may be a gap between a panel and where the next corner piece will go. If this happens, please follow Steps 9-12 or you can skip ahead to Step 13. 9. Dry fit a new panel and mark it as needed to show where the panel meets the corner piece. This will help you determine the cuts needed fill the gaps on your kitchen island
It may be necessary to cut the lip from your adjoining corner to better fill the gaps. Line up and mark the back of the panel to ensure a correct fit. Dry fit your cut pieces and adjust as needed for the best look.
10. You may need to cut the lip off your corner piece using a jig saw to better accommodate the panel pieces which will be used to fill the gap.

11. On the backside of the panel, line up the corner where you marked it previously and then trace the corner onto the panel. Cut along the line with a jigsaw. 12. Dry fit the new piece(s) to make sure there is a proper fit. Make adjustments as necessary.
For a finished edge you can use door trim or miter your faux panels®. Install your faux panel and dry fit the trim to determine best placement. Continue your faux panel installation as needed.
13. Optional: A Window/Door Trim piece can be used to end your panels. Take note of the width of the trim and cut your panel to fit. Alternately, you can miter the edges of your panel into the surface. Click here for mitering directions 14. Install the panel and dry fit the trim. Adjustments may be needed. 15. Continue installing the remaining panels on your kitchen island as needed.
Glue and screws will hold your trim in place perfectly. Caulk will help hide any remaining gaps or seams between panels, corners and trim. Touch-up Kits will help you further hide any seams, caulk or visible cuts.
16. Secure the Trim piece in place with construction adhesive and screws. 17. Add caulk to any gaps or seams in the panels along your kitchen island. Using a damp cloth, remove any excess textured caulk before it dries. A wet finger, paint brush, or other similar tool can help with smoothing and blending the caulk as needed. Textured caulk can also be used to fill any voids, gaps, screw heads, or spaces.
Click here for more details on caulking panels.
18. A Touch-Up Kit will help you cover up any damaged areas or give exposed caulk a more finished look. Since our panels are multicolor, and the complementing caulk is only one color, it will be necessary to apply touch up paint for a more complete and natural appearance.
And now you have a beautifully realized kitchen island design idea in your own home!    
19. Once you’re done, stand back and enjoy your completed Kitchen Island!    


To ensure that panels are oriented properly -- the tongue portion of the panel is on top of the panel and the groove portion of the panel is on the bottom. All joints, including miters, should be glued and caulked. Panels may require additional shimming and trimming for proper alignment.

MAKE SURE to observe and obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.

ALWAYS follow any, and all, applicable local, state, and federal building codes.  Always comply with any specified clearances set forth by the manufactures of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat sources, as well.

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