The backsplash is an important part of the kitchen. It is the area where all the sauces get splashed onto. The backsplash also sets the tone and feeling for the kitchen. If it is just another regular backsplash then the kitchen doesn’t stand out.
The character of the kitchen is defined by the ambiance it creates through colors and textures. If the colors are light with an open and inviting room for cooks then it is a successful kitchen design. If it feels closed, cramped, and the kitchen doesn’t feel good for cooking in then the kitchen should have some color and style to freshen it up.
Remodeling is a difficult process because it takes a lot of time to decide what to use or do for your backsplash. Many people buy a home and want to personalize it but they don’t know where to start.
The kitchen is a perfect place to start because it has high traffic and apparent visibility. If the backsplash is an old style then it should be modernized with a couple simple steps.
There are many choices in remodeling your backsplash. Find a color or style that you would like to go with and stick with it because changing the design half way through a project is incredibly expensive and hard to fix.
There are many creative and interesting ways to remodel the back splash using materials that are easy to install, that way most of the work can be done by the homeowner.
Doing the project by yourself can save you a lot of time and money. All the information you need to find is at your fingertips.
It is up to you whether or not you want to revolutionize the way your house feels. The best way to do this is by changing the focal points of your home first. Places like the front yard, kitchen and living room are the areas that exhibit the highest traffic.
The kitchen is a perfect place to start because it has many visitors and it is one of the focal points for the home. Home buyers like to experience the kitchen before they buy a home because it is a central part of anyone's lifestyle.
It would be a great idea to stock a little bit of food for any of the showings. This way the agent has a chance to show the lifestyle the home embodies by reflecting what life would be like when they moved in.
The kitchen is a great place to start your renovation because it draws. It is one of the main ways to increase the convenience of the lifestyle they want to pursue. The kitchen splash plays a central role in the flow of the kitchen because the color it shows reflects the ambiance. The home is an extension of ourselves and the backsplash is a wonderful way to revitalize your home in one easy process.
Many people wonder what they can do with their kitchen but tearing it down in order to remodel is not necessary. Simply pick out the style or color that you want to incorporate and go on ahead. The main thing to remember is the fact that this area gets very dirty, bypass this issue by picking a material or method that doesn’t show the grime.
Getting your backsplash fixed gives you home a new look and feel by changing the way the kitchen is used and how it looks. With the right lighting and textures the kitchen can be a very warm and inviting place.
By using an efficient system the main part of the home will have a new feel and guests will enjoy the cooking and eating experience. Revitalizing your home is not as expensive as most people think. Once people learn a couple of techniques they can do most projects themselves.
The biggest factors in creating realistic faux stone and brick panels is the paint and mold used in the fabrication process. The paint and the texture work hand in hand to create a realistic stone look that blows people away when they realize it is not real stone.
When people hear the words imitation or fake stone they expect a tacky rendition of natural stone. That impression comes from low caliber products like the panels offered by Lowes and Home Depot. The difference is truly apparent when you put high quality panels next to the ones mass produced by the big box stores. Check out our panels up close by clicking here.
The strictest attention to detail is what makes our approach the best. For example, we carefully create a master panel which is then used as a template for the rubber mold. The mold is very expensive but we replace it often because it slowly deteriorates when panels are made.Replacing it often ensures the highest quality result making our products look and feel realistic. Unfortunately, many companies avoid replacing the mold often to save money which results in a fake representation.
The different paints being used have to be a high quality paint which is more expensive, therefore most companies avoid using them in order to save money. The paint used for our panels represent the highest quality in the industry partly because of the unique methods used to paint the panels. Our panels have six layers of high quality acrylic paints designed for outdoor use. It helps make the panels UV resistant which prevents the colors from bleaching.
Observe the difference in quality when looking at this fence. The grout lines are the same color and they don’t contrast the bigger stone pieces therefore it lost its realistic touch. The best panels are made with many layers of paint that also have a nice wash which can help bring out the texture even more. In addition, good imitation stone panels have grout colored lines that are painted in a way that contrast the larger stones creating a better representation of stone. Knowledge is power and knowing the difference between a quality product and a fast misrepresentation is key in getting a great realistic look.
Over the years fireplaces have been an iconic symbol for each generation. Although, they have changed over the years and each time they always reflect the architectural philosophy of that generation. Everybody who has had a fireplace in their home remembers the cozy feeling it inspired. It brings a warmth to the home besides the heat the fire brings. Everyone sits around the fireplace talks and laughs and shares Christmas presents or plays with their children. The fireplaces now have changed considerably with different technology.
New technology has changed the look and feel of fireplaces by making them safer and cleaner. With a whole new variety of new style of fireplaces a new contemporary design comes into play. Now many designers and homeowners are changing their fireplace by using faux stone products.
Designers are taking advantage of the benefits offered by faux stone products. The modern fireplace has been revolutionized. The trend is redefining the way the American fireplace looks by creating the utilitarian look with a contemporary edge. Faux stone products can easily go around the fireplace and even be used to create a mantle.
The versatility of this product is best explained when you examine the various methods it can be applied. In the fireplace setting it can wrap around the corners and go right up to the ceiling with any problem. But the one of the greatest things about this product is you can add fixtures such as lights through the panels. With stone you must make a sacrifice because you can’t drill straight through stone and put lamps or mirrors on it. With the faux stone panels people can easily drill through and anchor whatever they want into the panels.
Fireplaces are not complete without some form of mantle. Where else would everybody hang the stockings and put up albums of their family. The mantle plays a large role in the room due to the albums and ornaments that adorn it. When people pass by the mantle usually a long parade of smiles and hugs dot the pictures above the fireplace. This was very special to me as a child because every Christmas we always added our new albums to the mantle highlighting the fun we had that year. These important pieces of our lives should be revered. Remodeling the traditional fireplace with a modern touch is made easy when using faux stone because you can take that boring blank space around the fireplace and create a masterpiece of design in under a day.
The modern fireplace is still evolving. Many homeowners have adopted the faux stone approach because it is a cheaper way to remodel the fireplace. Most people have been purchasing the newer versions of fireplace which complements the design theory of the faux stone method because after the easy installation most people love the great look it creates. Save time and money while making your house into a cozy home. Escape from the trouble of the world and warm up by your new fireplace enjoy the great textures and colors brought on by the faux stone.Editor
Faux stone has been in the home improvement market for about five to six years. Since then it has substantially increased in sales due to the fact that is the ultimate medium for decorating interior or exterior sections of your house without sacrificing time and labor cost. For any room in any size and shape faux stone can be applied. Some of the most amazing applications are the use of faux stone in a shower, yes even in a shower.
There are no ends to it application. Another great interior example is the use of it on a ceiling. This gives the occupant of the room the feeling that they are in a beautiful earthy cabin with stone walls and a stone ceiling, thereby transforming a dead and tired master bedroom into a luxurious oasis from the stress of the day.
Just above the text is a great picture of the different uses of faux stone to revitalize a boring looking fireplace into a luxurious cozy place to relax and socialize. A great example of the variety of interior uses was the application to a bar. The homeowner was tired of looking at a plain unappealing bar for his den. The bar itself was a curved surface with the span of ten feet. Faux stone can be slightly molded and bent in order to fit the curve of the bar. The homeowner was incredibly pleased with himself now boasting he had built his own beautiful bar. The faux stone gave not only gave it a modern look but also was easy to install. Interior design was revolutionized with this product. Interior designers or set designers can easily use and reuse faux stone to transform any room or set.
Some of the biggest projects are done on the exterior of the house. These projects help make the home unique and more pleasing to the eyes. Sometimes people hide chipped paint or faded areas of the house with faux stone giving it a durable and long lasting clean fresh look. Many people love the versatility of faux stone and the value and depth it adds to any home. From mobile home skirting to column wrapping just about anything on the exterior can be reshaped and transformed with the use of faux stone. With simple measurements a couple simple tools anybody can change their house into a home. The difference is the personalization and customization of the house thereby making it your unique home. So if you were thinking of renovating or simply adding value to your home faux stone provides the easiest, fastest, and best way to do that while saving money.Editor
The vast majority of those who start a remodeling project do not have time to spare. In most cases they would love to see the project completed as quickly as possible.
Remodeling a room can take from one day to several weeks and most households or businesses cannot afford to have tools and building materials laying around for weeks or months.
When it comes to renovate rooms and walls, there are many options. You can simply use paint to make it quick but you usually get what you pay for. If you would like a rock wall of a faux stone wall the choice are just few. You can either choose heavy, cultured, cast or veneer stone or go the easy route and choose faux DIY stone wall panels. Instead of having to use expensive online referral or rating sites to choose a contractors or even a mason, you can make it easy on yourself.
With resin stacked stone panels for walls, we have entered a whole new dimension of DIY practices. Most of us have kind of given up to the idea that stacked stone walls will be a dusty and dirty job and that knowing when a contractor will complete the job is not something easy, right?
If you want to cut through the difficulties of dealing with a mason, save a considerable amount of money and control the quality of the finished project, you can either install faux stone wall sheets on your own or just pay your handyman to do it at a fraction of what a mason would charge. Antico's faux stone wall panels install in just a few minutes and are as easy to handle as this Antico Elements video clearly shows. It is just a matter of interlocking a few panels and corners and use other accessories to go around corners and turns.
It’s not always necessary to take the trouble path when it comes to remodeling. Simply follow what so many homeowners and builders are doing today, give Antico Elements' light-weight and clean stacked stone panels a try.
Here's how they get quickly installed.
No preparation needed for the wall behind. Install them directly on, Sheetrock, wood or metal framing,
- Take the first panel and cut the "fingers" off the left side, to create a straight edge. Any wood cutting tool will do the job.
- Glue the back with affordable construction adhesive like Liquid Nails. Apply a few screws.
- From left to right, install the next panels until the last one will reach the end of the wall.
- Measure the remaining wall surface to cover and cut the panel on the right side accordingly.
- Repeat the above steps if you need more rows of panels to cover your wall.
- If you create a wainscoting simply use the Ledge Trim to cap the top of the panels.
No grouting, sealing, cleaning or caulking needed. It's THAT easy.
If there are ground-breaking products that have been revolutionizing the construction, remodeling, DIY and decorating fields, these are undoubtedly the new faux stone panels.
It is not very easy to create realistic faux stone panels without employing the right technology. Real stones have their own, unique texture and colors that are not easy to replicate. With the faux version of these stones that come in single panels the results can be quite amazing. By using polyurethane and specifically designed acrylic paints you can start to see a product that strongly competes with real stone.
Some imitation stone could almost seem real at a distance but when getting a bit closer, the person's reaction changes suddenly.
What has been pulling this great material into the construction and remodeling fields is the amazing ease of installation and maintenance. With faux stone panels, adding a rustic or contemporary stone look to a building is truly now affordable and fun. What once was an expensive job, for highly trained professional, now is quick and at everyone’s reach.
If we take into consideration only the cost of preparing the wall surface before installing regular stone it would be enough to convince a homeowner or a professional builder to go with faux stone panels and save money.
When we add the saving derived from the reduced number of hours per square foot needed to install these panels, the case is clearly made against old type of stones.
Let’s summarize the easy process of creating a stone wall with faux stone panels.
1- To prepare the surface make there is no dust or dirt so that the adhesive will be able to stick.
2- Quickly lay out the various panels and accessories to get an idea how the parts will be installed.
3- Create a horizontal line (preferably with a chalk liner) to use as a guide.
4- Cut the first faux stone panel on the left side to create a flat area.
5- Apply some adhesive in the back and where the various panels will interlock
6- Install some screws in the middle of the panel and where the panels overlap.
7- If some screws heads are visible simply use a touch-up kit to quickly paint them.
So, does it seem too simple of an installation?
This is exactly why so many people love this truly innovative replica stone material because it removes many obstacles created by old-fashion stones.
This faux stone panels CATALOG will allow you to choose the perfect combination of styles and colors to match your design.Editor
Today we would like to illustrate a beautiful and realistic product that has been on top of your sales lately: the realistic Alpi stone wall replica.
We see our clients being every day more satisfied of their choice of going with artificial stone when remodeling a project. They say the time they save for installation is unbelievable and also how the house or the outside of it can radically change from one day to another.
Take a look at this exterior design project and see how the garden acquires a completely different look once the installation of faux stone siding has been done.
You can notice that the trendy new Alpi almond design gives a fresh and modern look to the garden wall, the stone looks real as Antico Elements works with only Made In USA high quality material and the rock is actually molded on real one and hand painted to make sure that the final product meets all client expectation for a product that is realistic and beautiful.
Another good aspect of Antico Elements is that also complements like columns and corners are offered to you, so that you can really install the stone on any kind of surface. Also because the product itself is very flexible and easy to cut.
We are satisfied when we can make our clients happy and for further questions and info don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team will be happy to assist you!Editor
We would like to bring your attention to this project we recently finished and focus on the versatility of our products.
As we mentioned on our previous blogs the items Antico Elements provides are versatile and can be used for many and different spaces. They can be used in: Inside and outside homes of all sizes and styles, in restaurants, Bars, Boutiques, Offices, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Living rooms below siding, Landscaping, Pool and spa surrounds. Stone Fireplaces and many other areas.
The attention goes on this picture that shows the finished project of a clothing store and shows how these stone panels can be an outstanding additional elements to a business or to your own house.
A welcoming stone wall placed at the entrance of a clothing store adds a stylish and cozy vibe to the shop itself. Because of the stone looking real the energy of the space where the stone has been installed is positive and romantic.
What is better than shopping at a place that gives you comfort and makes you feel welcome?
Again we are always careful of providing a great service and assistance to our clients so please contact us to give us feedback or to inquire further information.
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So now, in summertime we are all getting ready for vacations spending some quality time at the beach, resorts and spas, intertwining with nature and with ourselves.
Surely we all deserve a break and some peace after working for the whole year.
But how about keeping that sense of calm and peace at your own house. How?
Remodeling your house after coming back from vacation time could be a way for you to feel your vacation has extended at your own house!
Wouldn’t if feel good coming back from work and find a falling rain faux wall welcoming you?
You can close your eyes and just relax to the sound of the rain falling into the rocks. Few moments to just breathe and be present. You don’t have to go anywhere else but this can happen at your house with the installation of artificial panels.
Antico Elements has an extended range of products that fit each and every taste. Imitations stones are molded on real rocks and they are painted by hand to make sure that you get a real feel when being around them.
It’s not that hard! You can easily do it yourself in few hours! Antico Elements customer representatives will be happy to guide you through the selection and installation of your products providing you an expert opinion on your remodeling sure, making sure that your choice of panels match the style of your house or work place.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t you want extend your vacation at your house?
We are a phone call away!
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Did you know that if you purchase with Antico Elements more than $3000 in panels you would get either a discount in quantity or free shipping if you live in the USA area?
So here, another good reason to believe that Antico Elements cares about their customers!
Antico Elements attention goes to the relation between quantity and quality, price and quality. Finding very affordable products in the market now a day it is very possible, but how about the quality?
If you buy a very cheap dress, probably after few times washing it, it will damage or break.
So how about if you decide to remodel your house and you go for the low cost products? A house is not like a dress! It takes time and effort to install the remodeling items. And in this case, if you decide to purchase faux wall panels, if you don’t make the right choice and you only consider the price aspect of it, you will probably end up with a product that you will have to take off and change after few weeks.
Antico Elements doesn’t want that to happen to their clients! They carefully choose the row materials in a way that they can guarantee a “lasting forever” product and they balance it with a price that can be affordable to everyone, and most important you can save from your pocket when deciding to go with Antico, because the installation doesn’t imply an additional cost. You can actually install the panels yourself!!! You can see a great example in THIS photo.
Affordable high quality products that last until you decide you want to change them!
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