Jan 042019

It’s hard to believe 2018 is over already – but it’s been an incredible year. On this blog we’ve featured some truly incredible remodeling projects, and we begin 2019 by reflecting on the highlights from each month.

The truth be told, it’s hard to choose our favorites – as we think every project we featured is a show-stopper. Yet after a lot of careful consideration and debate, here are winners!

January – Medieval Style Accent Wall Designs

Homeowner Mike wanted to recreate a castle in his modern, Texas home – and achieved the impossible with our Carlton Cobblestone Panels in Limestone color. He balanced subtlety and style to add faux panel accents to key parts of his home; and created a stunning medieval look.

Medieval style wall accent created with Carlton Cobblestone panels in Limestone color.
Mike proved the old adage that “a man’s home is his castle” by creating accent wall designs with a truly medieval look

February – Basement Transformation: French-Style Underground Tavern

History came to life in February as well, when homeowner Kimberly used our Carlton Cobblestone panels in Summer Tan color to create an incredible French-style tavern beneath her home; complete with wood-panel furniture and a Bordeaux wine barrel. Fantastique!

French-style tavern built in a home's basement with Carlton Cobblestone panels on the walls.

March – Corner Fireplace Surround Done Right, The Second Time Around

Customer Erik got a second chance to make a first impression this March, when he shared photos of his fireplace project. Erik had used an inferior faux stone material the first time around — and the results were disappointing. The second time he teamed up with us and chose our
Norwich Stone Wall panels in Earth color.  The result was incredible; and proved that Erik’s design style and our products beat the competition.

Fireplace surround made with Norwich Stone Wall panels in Earth color.
Not all faux products are created equal. This corner fireplace surround project is a great example.

April – DIY Wood Accent Wall in the Bedroom

In April we featured a bedroom project created by homeowner Erin, who used our Wellington Reclaimed Barn Board Shiplap panels to create a beautiful accent wall. She chose to ‘go faux’ because our synthetic products look just as good as the real thing; without any of the inherent disadvantages or concerns of using reclaimed wood.

Bedroom accent wall created with Wellington Reclaimed Barn Board panels.
Erin Reeb created this beautiful wood accent wall in her bedroom using her DIY skills and a few faux Reclaimed panels. 

  May – Kitchen Island Makeover with Cobblestone

Homeowner Brian wanted a subtle way to spruce up his kitchen island, and turned to our Carlton Cobblestone panels in the sleek and subtle Smoke color to get the job done. The end result looks fantastic – but doesn’t scream ‘look at me’ which is why the addition looks go good in his already stylish kitchen.

Kitchen island resurfaced with Carlton Cobblestone panels in Smoke color.
Brian sent in pictures of this simple, yet stunning kitchen island makeover.

June – Storefront Remodel for a Landmark Family Business

One of my personal favorite projects of the year was sent in by the Codori family, of Gettyburg, PA. They set out to achieve the impossible and give a stylish yet appropriate makeover to the building that had housed their family business for generations. Our Colorado Stacked Stone panels in the Misty Morning color ended up getting the job done; and now their business remains one of the township’s most memorable and respected landmarks.

Exterior of Codori Memorials, Gettysburg, PA.

July – Take the Weight Off: Building a Grill Island on an Elevated Deck

Customer Michael Nidoh made our summer when he sent in photos of a stunning elevated grill island he’d created using our Norwich Stacked Stone panels in Taffy Beige. This was one of those examples of how ‘going faux’ can net you results that are better than the ‘real thing’ because Michael’s awesome entertaining space was 10-feet from the ground; and the weight associated with using real stone would have made the project difficult, if not impossible.

Elevated deck with grill island covered with Norwich Stacked Stone panels in Taffy Beige.
Our products provided the vividly realistic look of stone in a lightweight, affordable and easy-to-install material.

August – Total Home Makeover with Fabulous Faux Panels

August is probably in the running for featuring our ‘project of the year’ – so much so that we split it into four different posts. The project centers around the complete redesign of a stunning house that used products from our sister site, FauxWoodBeams.com, plus two versions of our Norwich Colorado Stacked Stone style panels to create a ‘look’ worthy of a luxury hotel.

Luxurious bedroom fireplace covered with Norwich Colorado Stacked Stone panels.
The homeowners used our panels, plus beams from our sister site, FauxWoodBeams.com and transformed their house from “nice-but-ordinary” into something resembling a luxury hotel or resort.

September – Lake House Siding Design with Fieldstone

September contrasted with the previous month by featuring a project that was defined by understatement. Homeowner Steve wanted to add a stone-look to his beautiful lakeside home, but needed the faux materials to remain in keeping with the real stone and wood used throughout his house. Our Carlton Fieldstone panels in the Summer Tan color seemed to be the perfect match; and blended seamlessly with the home’s exterior.

Lakeside home exterior accented with Carlton Fieldstone panels in Summer Tan.

October – DIY With a Twist: TV Armoire Turned Bar Cabinet

October served up another of my favorite projects – a brilliant bit of redesign that saw customer Connie turn a regular old armoire into a show-stopping drinks cabinet with our Norwich Stacked Stone panels. This was a really interesting and unique project that filled us with ideas.

Armoire re-purposed as a bar cabinet with a stone-style back wall.
Connie transformed an old armoire into a show-stopping bar cabinet using Norwich Stacked Stone panels.

November – Creating a Stone Look Fireplace with Panels and Plywood

As the weather cooled down, fireplaces heated up; and that’s why we selected this simple-but-stylish fireplace project for the month. It’s practically a how-to in using our Norwich Colorado Stacked Stone panels to resurface a modern fireplace; and the end result looks phenomenal.

Fireplace and TV wall covered with Norwich Stacked Stone panels.

December – Fairy Tales Do Come True! DIY Princess Castle Bed

I think we technically posted this on the last day of November, but to me there’s nothing more worthy of the holiday season than this stunning children’s bed made using a few Wellington Dry Stack panels in London Gray and a lot of ingenuity and design. Super-dad Eric blew us away with this project; and also recorded the step-by-step of how he created it.

Castle style bed with Wellington Dry Stack panels
YouTuber and DIY extraordinaire Eric Strong wanted his daughter to have a Happily Ever After every bedtime – and how can she not, with this incredible castle bed?

Nov 092018
Outdoor Patio Kitchen with DIY Stone Style

FauxPanels.com customer Mike Irwin lives in Northwestern Arkansas, where the warm summers and cool winters make for months and months of perfect outdoor entertaining weather. To that end, this DIY’er wanted to create a fully-featured patio kitchen to entertain friends, family and neighbors – and wanted it to have a distinctive and stylish look. A Read More…

Jul 202018
Take the Weight Off: Building a Grill Island on an Elevated Deck

FauxPanels.com customer Michael Nidoh had a weighty problem. He was building a grill island on his elevated deck, and wanted to add some stone style. Fortunately Norwich Stacked Stone panels in were light enough to make his vision a reality. Michael has a backyard worthy of Homes & Garden magazine, and the highlight of it Read More…

Mar 022018
Outdoor Grill Island: This Design is On Fire!

Here on the east coast, it’s been a long, chilly winter – which is why a few of us turned green with envy when customer Anthony Guerrero of Temecula, CA sent us these pictures of the outdoor grill island he built using Regency Stacked Stone panels.  Anthony also sent photos of the grill unit prior Read More…

Aug 042017
Screened In Porch Design: Farmhouse Chic

Fauxpanels.com customer Jefferey sent in pictures of his awesome screened in porch design, made with a little farmhouse style using Regency Stacked Stone Panels. Depending on how long you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll definitely notice a theme in a lot of the home design projects we feature. People move into or build modern homes, Read More…

Apr 212017
Building an Outdoor BBQ Island: Southwest Style

“Congruence” is a word which means when something is in harmony with it’s surroundings – it looks ‘right’. This awesome outdoor BBQ island, built by our customer Kress Barton, is a stunning demonstration of how brand-new panels can absolutely be in congruence with their surroundings.   In this case, Kress needed to revamp the outdoor eating Read More…

Jan 202017
DIY BBQ Island: How To Add Corners Without Mitering

We received these pictures of a fantastic DIY BBQ island – and it’s a great example of how to approach one of the challenges of working with faux panels; corners. Fauxpanels.com customer John Abaun finished his beautiful BBQ island using Norwich Stacked Stone panels in Taffy Beige. One element that John really nailed were the corners; and Read More…

May 132016
Two-Fold Exterior Home Remodeling Project

A customer’s exterior home remodeling project got a double-dose of decorative stone. See the pics! There are few places in America more beautiful than Georgia, and the home of McDonough resident Jeff Ford certainly demonstrates that. Nestled deep in woodland, his home is gorgeous – but he wanted to enhance it even further. Which is what took Read More…

Jun 132014
DIY Project: Outdoor Patio Kitchen

Now that summer is here, many homeowners are planning to make the best of the season by spending more time in their outdoor living spaces. For some, that may mean adding new garden boxes to their deck, building a fire pit on their patio, or putting a new table on the veranda. Richard from Texas Read More…

Aug 022013
Faux Panels give a New Face to a Custom Grill

Backyards and barbeques are an American tradition – and creating a unique and practical BBQ is a right of passage for every American homeowner! Here’s a photo FauxPanels.com customer Fred sent us, showing how he’d used our panels to add a custom look to his gas-fired grill. FauxPanels.com™ customer Fred M. from Twinsburg, Ohio loves Read More…