Extremely easy to install and the seams worked out perfect to give a real brick look.
After using this product for the first time I was surprised at the ease of the installation and being a former Mason I was impressed with the way it looked, like a real brick panel wall. I recommend this product to anyone who is looking to get the look of a brick panel wall at a fraction of the cost and installed in less than a day.
I was very skeptical of the FAUX products at first. I was planning an interior wall project with real stone veneer and came across the Faux Panel website. I ordered a bunch of samples and pleasantly surprised of the real look and feel. I chose the stacked stone and ordered all the supplies for install right from the web site. The folks there are very knowledgeable and friendly (especially Jessica who was very helpful with how much material needed etc...).
We received our order through Fedex this morning around 9:30 am. The package was not damaged, when we opened up the product we inspected it very carefully as suggested and found no faults. I must add that we were very pleased with what we found and would not hesitate to order further products from you if we need them. They were worth waiting for and we would recommend them to anyone. You do a good quality product.
Our project was the addition of an outdoor kitchen to an area between our patio and detached garage. As such, we had some unique challenges related to the outdoor setting. While I planned a small "shed roof" over the counter area, and the remainder of the counter and BBQ grill would be sheltered under our existing patio cover, a small portion of the area would remain exposed to rainfall and needs a drain under the new kitchen cabinets. Therefore, I designed the cabinets to sit on adjustable height stainless steel "feet" which would hold the cabinet bases up off the patio and allow rain water to drain under the cabinets and also allow us to level the cabinets & countertops despite the fact that the patio is sloped 1 to 2 degrees to facilitate drainage. As such, using actual masonry to cover the cabinets would now be out of the question. Only FauxPanels would provide the look of masonry yet allow us to leave the required gap beneath the bottom row of "stone" and the ground to afford the patio to drain off below the cabinets.
The cabinet frames were built using Armour Wood® – a real-wood, pressure-treated product that minimizes the movement of moisture through the wood, which is associated with shrinking and swelling. Armour Wood® features an alkyd-based primer that adds an extra degree of protection from the elements. And it's safe for children and pets. I ripped the planks to 2-1/2" widths to be used as stiles and rails and fastened them using the Kreg Jig pocket joinery system to a base of 3/4" outdoor plywood. I then faced and backed the assembled cabinet frames with 1/4" plywood and laid a top substrate of 3/4" plywood to lend additional support for the granite countertops. All materials for the cabinets and the shed roof cost just under $500.
Next, we installed the faux panels ($838.43). All panels were cut with a circular saw or table saw. Inside corner cuts were cleaned up with a jig saw. I designed the panel locations on the fly as well, simply working with whatever piece may have been in my hand at the time. It was so incredibly easy. After cutting a panel to size, I'd zig zag a bit of construction adhesive to the backside, stick it in place and throw a couple sheetrock screws in to hold the panels until the glue set. The Wellington Drystack Earth panels pattern afforded me the ability to start and stop, and patch & piece panels as needed. The seams aren't even noticeable and I never even tried to "line up" the drystack patterns. I simply started with any exposed edges and placed the finished ends of each panel where they would be seen FIRST. Then I filled in spaces between by cutting panel pieces to match the odd shape left between panels. When all sides were completely covered with FauxPanels, I started in with the caulk on all seams. I personally found that the caulk provided by FauxPanels was of an undesirable consistency and color. After picking up some TEC Invision 10.5 Oz. Terrain Ready-to-Use sanded caulk from my local Lowe's store, I went back to work sealing all seams. I don't think it took me more than a couple hours of squeezing and smearing and the finished result was a thing of beauty.
I then installed the appliances. We've owned the BBQ grill for more than ten years (so it cost us $0) but we still think it's a better built unit than what they sell at home improvement stores so I simply cut the wheels off the legs and built it into my kitchen cabinets, added a drop-in side sear burner from HomeDepot.com ($168) and a huge 30" sink with commercial sprayer faucet from Overstock.com ($700) and a 4.5 cu ft refrigerator from Lowes ($289). I left a couple spaces empty where I'll come back and install a drawer dish washer and under counter ice maker when my home improvement spending account recovers a bit.
After the local bath and kitchen company installed the granite countertop ($1,525), the finished product was a thing of real pride. What an incredibly easy, fast project. Why did I wait so many years before tackling this project? The difference was Faux Panels. Once I watched the videos and blogs at FauxPanels.com, I knew this was the product that would allow me to build our outdoor kitchen project.
So I was able to knock this project out for a hair over $4,000. And that's $4,000 we would certainly get back (and then some) if we were to ever sell the house. The FauxPanels cost less than 20% of the project budget but made 100% of the difference in the project's success!
Thank you, FauxPanels for an EXCELLENT product, super website and friendly, personable support people. You truly made this project possible and the results are fantastic!
We literally had people driving up to our house to look and touch the product. Said it was the most realistic looking faux stone they had ever seen. I highly recommended the company. The product arrived in great condition and it is easy to cut and trim. I would definitely purchase a second time. As you can see, our house is still a work in progress but adding the faux stone has given new life to a nice old 70s ranch.
Thank you so much for your support and donation of the faux wall panels. Everyone on set loved them and wanted to take them home for their kids to play with. More importantly, they were awesome in the shots we used them in. The color was PERFECT for the close up we needed with a long lens.
I've attached three pictures, two displaying the use of the paneling, and the third showcasing my cast and crew on the second day of our four day shoot. Everyone involved was there for free, donating their old 1950's cars, their time, their catering abilities, anything and everything under the sun in order to make the shoot a success. Your paneling was the icing on the cake. We clipped into into stand, propped it up with the ladder, and had a very tight shot on it with a shallow depth of field. It looks amazingly real.
Thank you so, so much!
Here's a couple pics of our home project this summer featuring your panels. We are extremely satisfied with your product and we've had many compliments and inquiries about your panels.
I had a very boring white side wall under my covered bar on my pool deck. I ordered and easily installed the River Rock panels in gray. In two evenings, I completed the project.
Now the wall is the highlight of the pool deck bar. It's looks so real. You cannot find the seams in the panels. Everyone says it looks great! We love the way it turned out and we're so glad we ordered the Faux Panels.
Looks beautiful! Just like real stone.
The stone turned out beautiful and was worth every penny. Installation was pretty easy and the purchase process is very easy to navigate and helpful. Customer service was proactive and also very helpful. Picking the color online was a little difficult but it was as true as can be expected and did not disappoint.
Fantastic update to dated office building. After much research, my husband and I decided to try this product on the 35 year old office building we were remodeling for my clinic. We were pleased with how easily it went up, compared to traditional stone, and how much more realistic it looked than the cheap vinyl brands. The corner pieces locked together to create an ideal solution for the ugly gas lines going up the back of the building as well. So far we have had nothing but complements on the look of the new clinic. Thank you for the excellent product!
Oh, and the extra pieces left over from the cuts? Our friend that helped us with the remodel is taking them home to make a castle playhouse for his daughter. How awesome is that?
I've finished my project finally using your awesome product. I'm becoming an expert at installing this stuff! lol I've attached a zip file of some before and after photos of this latest project in hopes that you might be able to use them.
Great new video by the way, I just watched it.
Thanks so much for everything.