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Bedroom Remodeled With Faux Stone Panels.

Posted on May 28, 2012

One very interesting project this week will show how faux stone can be used not only for fireplaces and exterior stone walls but for unique DIY projects like remodeling a bedroom.

This homeowner has clearly created a very unique look. Their bedroom was your typical drywall covered room. Although you can use some interesting colors and paint techniques, it is difficult to match the look and feel of our Laguna, Romana And Comiso panels and rock panels.

Here are the before and after photos:

Before Faux Stone Panels

Before Faux Stone Panels

After Faux Stone Panels

After Faux Stone Panels

Even by witnessing these room "revolutions" on a daily basis, we are still amazed every time we see such a beautiful makeover.
It doesn't have to be expensive to create a dramatic natural look with stone, all you need is some faux stone panels from Antico Elements and basic carpentry skills.

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Faux Stone Wall Solutions

Posted on May 24, 2012

Faux Stone walls are becoming a more common building element in the construction of a house and are very popular in the Mid West region of the United States. The walls of a household besides being space dividers are also structural elements that transfer the load of the roof to the ground. Walls are constructed on strip spread or raft foundations that support the walls. The walls are constructed using bricks and mortar. These can also be constructed with various structural qualities and thicknesses.

Almond Color Faux Stone Wall

Almond Color Faux Stone Wall

Home wall foundations are made in dugout trenches so that a hard stable surface on which the building is supported can be obtained because the top surface of the ground normally does not have the load-bearing capacity to take the load of the building.

A great alternative to the strenuous work of installing brick walls for that industrial look is a new and innovative product known as faux stone solutions. Though faux stone products have been around for quite some time, the demand and overall popularity of these products have certainly increased. The lightweight of the panels and easy installation (a combination of screws and construction adhesives) make these products heavy in demand by both contractors and homeowners alike.

Faux stone panels can be used to increase the value of a room or space. The variety of designs and colors have helped contractors offer homeowners and customers an alternative to the traditional wall looks without having to worry about hauling heavy stones or breaking their pockets.

Basement Home Improvement With Faux Stone Panels.

Posted on May 22, 2012

The reviews from customers who use alternatives to stone and rocks and pouring in. They are very excited to tell everyone how easier it is to use a faux material instead of a heavy and cold natural stone.

Here is another example of a basement that was remodeled quickly and easily with the help of Antico Elements' faux stone panels. Why would you want to employ a material that is so easy to move, cut and maintain? Many homeowners are learning this lesson. Take a look at how easy it is to make a corner with faux stone: Interlocking Outside Corner

When using faux rock panels and stone veneer panels for projects like this, any homeowner avoids going through the headaches of planning and ordering materials to fit exactly in the spot needed.

Although it's not the ideal photo quality, you can easily see how quickly you can create a corner fireplace with our imitation stone panels and with the use of a fireplace insert.

You may see a few faux fireplaces that are mostly stand-alone. Although easy to install - you just plug them in - they provide an "isolated" look in the basement. When adding faux stone panels to the project you can create very unique areas. In this case, it was quite easy to frame out the corner to accommodate the insert. The panels can be easily glued and screwed in place. They are incredibly easy to cut to size and fit anywhere. You can't say the same for traditional stone.

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Installation Instructions For Faux Brick Panels

Posted on May 16, 2012

Use this video to view the general installation guidelines for our brick panels. For more detailed instructions please read through the article below the video:





Antico Elements` great brick panels are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. They are designed for Indoor and Outdoor uses. Even though the installation is very simple, make sure to read the instructions in order to avoid problems and gaps with these types of faux brick panels.


Before installations:
Always try to keep the panels leveled. The walls should be dry and free of dust. We strongly suggest the use of fasteners and plenty of adhesive where the panels and lips overlap.
Important: When using the product outdoor make sure to store the panels in a cool area before installing them. If they are left in a hot place it may cause a small degree of shrinkage when the temperature outside drops.

Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Table saw, circular saw, miter saw,  jigsaw, etc. You can use any blade designed for wood. Our material is very friendly.
• Nails or screws ( exterior grade if used outdoor and masonry screws for brick, concrete, etc)
• Nail set
• Hammer (or screwdriver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Framing square
• Chalk line
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails, PL, etc.
• Safety Glasses

Our products can be installed indoor and outdoor, directly over framing, drywall, brick, or concrete.
-For indoor, all you need is adhesive, caulking, and wood screws or long staples/finish nails.
-For outdoor you might need an outdoor-grade adhesive and galvanized screws. Some caulking may be needed.
-For brick, concrete, cinder blocks, and similar you will need masonry screws, like "Tapcons".

Installing parts:

Installing Faux Brick - Click To Enlarge

It is always a good idea to temporarily lay out the faux brick panels around the project to plan which / how faux brick panels will be cut and which will not.

We recommend that you install the panels from right to left unless you plan to use corner pieces ( see below ). For better results marks some horizontal chalk lines on the wall to keep your panels leveled.
Position the panels so that the horizontal lip is at the top and the horizontal notch at the bottom.
To start, the right side of the first panel should be trimmed, removing the fingers and creating a straight edge.

Cut the right fingers of the first panel - Click To Enlarge

Apply a few lines of adhesive in the back and where the panels overlap / interlock and fasten the panel to the wall using screws, nails or long brad nails. We suggest using at least 8-10 screws per panel.

Apply Adhesive - Click To Enlarge

Continue with the rest of the panels of the first row. If the faux brick panels terminate against another wall, simply cut the panel to size. The exposed edges will be hidden by the next wall. It is always better to mark your dimensions in the back of the panels.

If you have an outside corner wall and need to wrap around it with our faux brick, you have at least 2 options. Using our Corners or Mitering the panels' cuts.

1- Use our Faux Brick Corners.

Faux Brick Corner
Using Our Faux Brick Corners - Click To Enlarge

When using the Outside Brick Corners we suggest starting the installation from one of the corners, and not from left to right on a wall, as mentioned at the top of this page.
Installing the left side will be easy. Installing panels on the right side of the corner will require lifting the previous panel a bit to squeeze the next one in. Not a big problem.

When using multiple corners you will notice that at one side of the wall you will interlock panel-to-corner easily and on the opposite side, some "jig-sawing" will be necessary. In this case, you should not install all the corners first. See the Image below.

Trace the fingers of the corner on the panel - Click To Enlarge

To accomplish this, simply cut the last panel on that wall straight with the corner of the wall.
Place the corner on top of the panel and trace the fingers of the corner on the panel with a pencil.
Remove the corner and with a jigsaw create the matching fingers on the panel so that the two parts will interlock.

Now you may install the last panel and this corner piece. In some cases it may be necessary to remove the flat "lip" on the panel or corner that is not getting cut, to create a flat and even seam.

On the other side of this corner, you can simply interlock your next panel, the "fingers" will match without having to make custom cuts.
Repeat this method for each corner, where panels are installed between corners.

2- Create a mitered corner with a panel. For more on this type of cuts see: How To Create A Mitered Corner

You can use a faux brick panel to wrap around a corner.

Mitering a corner
Cut a panel at 45 degrees - Click To Enlarge

One important note: Always use the two pieces of one panel for the left and right side of the corner so that the brick will match at the tip.

Finished Mitered Corner - Click To Enlarge

The same steps may be followed to create an Inside Corner. The only difference is that the panel needs to be cut with the opposite angle, as in the image below:

Cutting at 45 degrees to make an inside turn
Cutting at 45 degrees to make an inside turn
Continue installing brick panels on the next wall
Continue installing brick panels on the next wall

When installing multiple rows of panels make sure to start the second and every other row, with a half panel so that the seams will be staggered and you be able to use more of the left-over pieces. This is a great way to hide the seams since they will not all line up in the same vertical line.

In cases where you stop the installation of the panels in the middle of a wall or at a corner there are a few options available to cover the exposed material at the edge:
1- Use our Door And Window Trim to install right where the panel gets cut

2- Cut the end of the panel at 45 degrees and then miter cut a triangle piece from a leftover panel to create a return. You may follow the instruction on How To Create A Return. See also the image below.

Create A Return
How To Create A Return

3- Some customers sand and file the cut edges and shape them as the end of real brick. They apply some textured caulk and paint it with our Touch-Up kits. This last step takes a little time to complete.

For the top edge of the panels, we have a really nice Ledge Trim that is meant to nicely sit on top of a panel.

For exterior applications, we suggest caulking the edges where water could penetrate.

For light-colored panels (especially white) we strongly suggest applying a heavy amount of caulking in all joints. When the caulk dries paint it over with the same paint used on the panels. We do offer touch-up paint.
Please note that regular grout will not work with this product, because it will dry, crack, and not adhere properly.

Caulk Joints if they are visible.
Caulk joints if they are visible.

Installing Panels Over Concrete Or Cinder Blocks

We suggest two ways of installing panels over concrete and cinder blocks.
The easiest way to install them is to use a construction adhesive and a power nail gun.

There are different guns to use on concrete. Some use a battery and a small can of gas to propel the nails into the panels and concrete. These can be purchased or rented and make the installation quick and easy. You can control how far the nails go.
Another type of gun uses some cartridges that shoot the nails as you hit the top of the gun with a hammer. This is probably the most affordable tool but it is more time-consuming.

Some clients can not obtain nail guns that can penetrate concrete so they use furring strips and install them by pre-drilling the concrete and use masonry screws (brands like Tapcons).

Furring strips:
These are vertical wood strips that are glued and nailed to the concrete/cinder blocks before installing the panels, to simulate a stud framing. These strips should be spaced based on the distance between the joints of the panels. It is always a good idea to have furring strips behind each joint between two panels.
Once these strips are installed, you can easily glue and screw the panels on the strips as you would do in an interior framed wall.


When our products start to show some accumulated dirt you may easily clean it with water and soap. When choosing a detergent make absolutely sure they are not of a harsh or abrasive nature.
Those materials that contain bleach or any chemical solvent, such as paint thinners, are not recommended.
Using a wet, soft, brush apply some mild detergent such as car wash soap on the panels.
In a circular motion making sure to work the soap in all crevices and grout lines.
Once the water and soap have been applied they can be easily rinsed with water. When outdoor a water hose will work great.
A pressure cleaner may be used as long as the pressure is not high. We also recommend keeping the nozzle at a distance of at least one foot.

UV Protection:
Although the finishes used are specifically designed to be exterior, UV resistant, some fading under harsh sun exposure may occur during the years, just like any other product. If a company promises a lifetime or full and very long warranty on fading, they probably don’t plan to be in business for long. We do plan to serve our customers for a very long time, so we are very honest and upfront.
We strongly suggest applying a UV blocker, clear coat (ours or any other purchased by the customer) to any outdoor material on a regular basis (every 2-3 years). Your local paint store will have a Urethane UV inhibitor paint that can be sprayed or rolled. This will help preserve the beauty of our products.

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Kitchen Makeover for less.

Posted on May 15, 2012

Why spend tons of money on redecorating your kitchen? There are now new alternatives to just knocking down walls, and hiring a carpenter to paint and install expensive lighting. Ever try faux stone panels as a back-splash for your kitchen? Antico Elements' faux stone panels and accessories are the new waves in technological advances that offer both efficient insulation and great designs. Faux stone panels are mainly made of polyurethane material that comes very lightweight and durable and makes these products easy to install. When you pick from the many designs of faux stone panels that are offered for your back-splash and create a theme, you can transform any dull and plain kitchen into a warm and vibrant area to make and share memories.

By using innovative designs, you can change the look and feel of your kitchen in minutes. Some contractors and carpenters are now switching out traditional products in home interior design for more affordable and easier installed products such as faux stones and replica rocks. In using these alternatives, contractors are saving both time and money with labor and product costs.

Here's a beautiful example:

Another great idea for the kitchen would be to add some accents and wall decor to amplify your theme. A great choice to use as an accent for the walls would be wall sconces. A simple light fixture can dramatically change the look or theme of an area. When using light fixtures or wall decor, make sure to compliment the colors and theme of the walls and space. A great way to find cheap light fixtures and decor would be to visit your local home improvement store for ideas.

Another beautiful faux stone fireplace.

Posted on May 14, 2012

Another example of how beautiful a room can be with the addition of faux stone in a room but specifically on a fireplace.

As seen in these photos, nothing can add that natural and charming look like faux stone can.

Faux Stone Fireplace

It can be very challenging to blend a new element into a project without making it look out of place. This can happen when the texture of a stone doesn't match the decor. For an example of a home has a more traditional style, the use of a gray slate element will probably not blend in. If a modern contemporary environment maybe it may not be appropriate to use a faux stone like river rock - which it looks beautiful in other settings.

Faux Stone Fireplace

One great thing about Antico Elements is the ability to choose from a large variety of faux stone styles and colors. There is a panel for every project and style.

Whether you are looking to create a warm traditional room or a more modern and cool space, you can easily find a panel that fits your needs.

Don't forget to visit our Fireplace blog page:

Stone Veneer Panels – Easy And affordable

Posted on May 13, 2012

Here's another example of how affordable panels of stone veneers can make a difficult job easy.

In some projects using real stone or just plain stone veneer is not an easy option. These types of stone can't be molded very easily so when you need to make sharp turns it requires an expert and expensive contractor. In this project, there was the need to cut the stone veneer panels for a few tight spots.

To cut regular stone and stone veneer most people need specialized tools like wet saws. With stone veneer panels you can just use a jigsaw or a hand saw. It really requires a low knowledge of carpentry.
When making small adjustments, like the top of an arch or a corner, anyone can easily sand down Antico Elements' stone veneer panels with some sanding paper or even a file.
The advantages are many.
Once the piece has the right shape you can simply use some adhesive and a few staples to secure it in place. You can't say the same for regular stone and stone veneer.

Take a look at our stone and rock veneer panels and look for our prices on these large panels.

How to easily reface a fireplace with faux stone panels.

Posted on May 12, 2012

Antico Elements has been in the remodeling business for decades so we know very well how homeowners approach a remodeling project. Usually, there is one person who takes care of the construction and another will worry that the project will never be completed.

This is why we offer faux stone panels that are incredibly easy to install and they take very little time.

The customer below was worried about having to remove the existing brick which was aesthetically outdated and did not match the rest of the decor in the room. When we explained that our faux stone panels can be directly installed over the existing brick or any other surface the homeowner was pleasantly surprised.

Before faux stone panels      After faux stone panels

As long as the surface on which you want to install the faux stone panels is clean and free of dust and oily substance you can simply use some inexpensive construction adhesive to install the stone panels. In this case, we recommend the use of some masonry screws ( some are called Tapcons and are usually blue ). To cover the screw heads some caulk can be used and then painted with our touch-up kits to completely conceal the use of screws.

Transform your office into the perfect spa room.

Posted on May 11, 2012

Have you ever had the thought of your own spa room in your home?

That old basement that is not being used or that cluttered office space can be transformed into an area of serenity. Just the simple addition of some relaxing colors and stones, waterfalls, and tranquil designs or themes can give your space the ultimate makeover.

Antico Fireplace In Alpi Almond

Vast areas of a wall can be covered with faux stone panels to make space seem to be crafted with real stone. This application can frequently be found in professional spa or bathroom settings to promote a feeling of tranquility and peace. Adding an element that has running water in the room really increases the natural feeling of the faux stone in the room. The panels are easily installed with the use of construction adhesives and a combination of screws or nails. The lighter faux stone panels are easier to work with and secure in place. Keeping the cost down during home improvement projects is necessary, and can be done by using alternatives to real materials like faux stone panels. It is a lighter material so it is cheaper in cost and in weight. It is now easier than ever to turn an extra space or office into the perfect spa or yoga room.

Reusable faux stone panels for a bar

Reusable faux stone panels in a new bar

The benefits are that with the faux stone you get the ease of care and cleaning but the look of stone. You now have the beauty of stone without the hassle.

Faux Brick For Residential And Commercial Uses

Posted on May 6, 2012

It is quite amazing to see the versatility that some products have. This is especially true for our Faux Brick used in this great commercial project. Let's face it, we all know how expensive it is to use real brick for small, large or medium projects.

For once, finding a contractor that will come out just to give you an estimate is a difficult and often stressful undertaking. Many wait a long time just to be presented with a pricy estimate that they can't really afford. This is because using real brick instead of faux brick requires a lot of work in the wall preparation. A great list of faux brick panels is HERE Moving the material before the installation is not an easy step either. Real brick is very heavy on its own.

When you add the weight of the material plus the substrate preparation, which often includes a wire mesh or concrete sheeting, in many cases the wall structure is not adequate anymore.

When looking at this undergoing project for a Pizza Restaurant we can see how incredibly realistic the faux brick is. New photos coming soon.

Uses of faux brick for commercial and residential

This particular customer just installed the brick panels directly on drywall. He didn't have to worry about the footing or reinforcing the studs. These faux brick go up very quickly and they can wrap around corners with incredible ease. Most customers just run the panels on a tables saw to create a mitered corner and make the faux brick look like a natural corner brick. No mortar or thin-set was used!

It is often difficult to express how advantageous it is to use faux brick versus real brick. One has to really touch, feel and install this product to understand completely.

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