Month: August 2018

Installing Your Own Reclaimed Wood Wall Panels

Wood wall panels bring a richness and warmth to any room. Reclaimed wood panels bring character and history to the room, as well.

If you’re looking for a way to add some interest and life to a room of your home, installing reclaimed wood wall panels is a fantastic idea. Best of all, the panels are easy to DIY, which means that you can transform your home in a matter of hours.

Measure and Prepare

Reclaimed wood wall panels are perfect for installing on any interior wall of your home. Make sure that you have enough material to cover each wall by taking measurements before you begin.

Measure both the height and the width of each wall you intend to install on. Take the measurements in inches, multiply them together, and divide by 144 to get the total number of square feet per wall. Round up and add an additional 10% to each wall for cuts or mistakes.

Prior to installation it is very important to acclimate your wood for a few days before installing. Wood is a porous substance that can react to temperature and the moisture in the air, swelling or shrinking accordingly.

A few days before you install, take the wood into the room where it will be put up. Unbox and unwrap it and allow it to adjust to the temperature and moisture of the room. This will prevent excessive swelling or shrinking after it has been installed.

Prepare your walls to receive the panels by painting them black or another dark color. This will ensure that the color showing through the knot holes blends in with the rest of the installation.

Layout and Fit

Make Sure to carefully examine the pieces prior to installation for the prefered blend of colors as reclaimed wood can have a lot of variation.Your wall panels are designed to interlock with one another for seamless installation. Begin by cutting a panel in half so you now have two pieces with a straight edge for an outside edge. Begin laying out the panels. Cut out any areas necessary to allow for outlets.

The back of each panel is covered in mesh. Cut away this mesh behind each knot hole, so it won’t show through after installation.

Install the Panels

Cover the backs of the panels with a bead of silicone adhesive. Make sure each piece of wood has adhesive on the back. Press the panel firmly against the wall. Install from the bottom up occasionally checking to make sure the panels are level.

After each panel has been pressed into place on the wall and you are sure of its placement, nail the panel securely into place. A nail gun can assist with this task, but you may also use a hammer if necessary.

Tips

After you cut a panel in half, both parts can be utilized, simply rotate the piece and use it to begin the next course on the wall. This saves waste and time as you only need to make one cut, rather than two.

Consider the color of your décor as you choose which color of reclaimed wood you want. Lighter wood has warmer tones that may work better with brighter décor, while dark wood has a richer look.

Install Your Own Wood Panels

Installing your own reclaimed wood panels yourself is easy. Within hours, you can transform the walls of any room of your home, making an accent and statement anywhere you choose. Follow these steps for perfect results every time and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Check out the video on YouTube to watch the process of installing reclaimed wood wall panels step by step.

How DIY Market Helps with Industry Labor Shortages

Like all industries, the home improvement sector sometimes experiences labor shortages. Labor shortages in this sector trickle down to affect sales in the tile and stone industry. With a lack of labor comes extended wait times for installation, which means delayed or terminated sales.

While the market should eventually rebound, this doesn’t mean that dealers can afford to wait. Instead, consider marketing your tile and stone veneer products directly to customers for DIY installation.

While some materials may require in-depth knowledge and a variety of special tools for installation, stone veneer often does not. Many types of stone veneer are easy to install, don’t require a lot of special sealers or treatments, and some do not even need grout.

All of these attributes make the material easier to install for the DIY homeowner. The key to success for a dealer is to make sure that customers consider these products as DIY.

DIY Kits

Some of the hesitation that DIY homeowners may have concerning an installation may stem from lack of knowledge surrounding tools and setting materials. Putting together DIY kits designed to have everything the homeowner may need can be a great way to assist as well as bring in incremental sales.

Setting materials, correctly-sized trowels, buckets and cutting tools can be packaged together with the intent of making the installation easier for homeowners. Kits can be modified or created with specific types of stone or tile in mind. For example, if a tile requires grout, the correct grout, along with a sponge and float, can be added to the kit. Or, if a light colored stone is being used, white setting material can be substituted for gray.

DIY stone veneer kits can take a lot of the hesitation and guesswork out of the process. This, in turn, makes customers feel more confident and encourages them to buy.

Easy to Access Information

An alternative to a DIY kit would be a simple pamphlet or PDF with DIY information. Having this information readily available on your website or in your showroom near the stone veneer can help let customers know that DIY installation is a possibility.

The pamphlet should include substrate information, setting information, and a list of tools and necessary materials. If you sell these items, include the cost and where to find them. This not only creates upselling opportunities, it also helps customers feel more confident in their purchase.

Many homeowners want to take on projects quickly. They have guests coming or have suddenly found the time and motivation to complete something they’ve wanted for years. Being advised that it may take weeks to months to have their new project installed could derail things entirely.

Offering DIY information that is easily displayed near the stone veneer means that they may not need to wait after all. This can make the difference between a quick sale, and one that may not happen at all.

DIY Workshops

If you have an installer on staff, consider offering DIY workshops for homeowners. Quick evening workshops that let a homeowner see how easy the material is to work with can also encourage DIY installation and more sales.

Workshops can take the form of a demonstration or of hands on application. You can also tailor them to your most popular stone veneer types. Offering workshops is also a great way to get people in your doors, and you can offer DIY packages for sale at the same time.

Invest in the DIY Market

The DIY market is growing. As information becomes easier to access, more homeowners are taking the plunge and taking on their own projects. This is especially true in the face of labor shortages.

Invest in the DIY market in your area by catering to their needs. You’ll find that doing so may increase sales while you wait for labor to rebound.

This white-on-white kitchen has a few surprises

This beautiful white-on-white kitchen has a few surprises with a deep blue island and gold hardware paired with stainless appliances. Tempered Fog tiles bring depth and interest to pull the project together.

Designer: Charleene’s Houses LLC

Distributor: Chesapeake Tile and Marble Inc.

 

“As soon as I saw this tile I knew it would be the perfect way to pull the entire kitchen together. The texture and color of the glaze adds warmth and interest to simple white cabinets while the tile and counters look like they were made for each other.  “

  – homeowner

1. Tempered Fog Tiles 2. White cabinet finish 3. Brushed gold bar cabinet pull  4. Paint: Benjamin Moore Symphony Blue  5.Stainless hardware and appliances  6. Counter in Carrara

3 DIY Stone Veneer Projects You Don’t Need a Contractor For

When it comes to beautifying your home, sometimes the DIY route is the most satisfying. While large, structural changes to your house do require a contractor, surface materials, such as stone veneer, often do not.

Many types of stone veneer are simple to install. They don’t require special knowledge or skills, just some elbow grease and tools. Stone veneer can be installed in many areas. These three DIY projects will let you dress up your décor with beautiful natural stone. And without the need of a contractor, you’ll not only make your home more beautiful, you’ll save money at the same time.

Fireplace Surround

Even if your existing fireplace is brick, you can install stone veneer right on top for a fresh new look.

Stone veneer fireplaces instantly transform the look of the entire room. Because the fireplace is a natural focal point, it already draws the eye. Adding stone veneer adds texture, color, and interest.

Consider using a stone veneer with a lot of color to give you a built in palette for the rest of the room. Or, use a honed stone veneer to create a more contemporary look. Either way, you’ll find that this stone veneer project can be completed within a weekend, making it a fast and effective room transformation.

Accent Wall

If you have a room in your home that doesn’t feel finished, consider adding a DIY stone wall. Accent walls are one of the most effective ways to elevate a room’s appearance. They draw the eye and create a backdrop for other décor.

Using natural stone in place of a solid color for your accent wall takes things a step further. Stone has depth, dimension, and texture that paint lacks. And even solid colored stone will have shadow and subtle variation that will add interest.

Accent walls can be installed anywhere in your home. Just make sure the wall is fitted with backerboard rather than drywall before you begin your installation. Then, choose the stone veneer that will best match your interior design. Within hours, you can give any room of your home a fresh new look.

Kitchen Backsplash

The kitchen backsplash is the most decorative element in the room. In addition to it’s design element, it is also in place to make the cleaning of food stains and splatter on the wall easier and more efficient. And since the backsplash is rarely more than 30 square feet in size, it’s also the perfect DIY project for any homeowner.

Backsplashes can be covered in one material over their entirety or clad with a mixture of materials and styles. You may choose to have a focal area behind the cooktop or sink, this area can be framed and highlighted with a different pattern, color, or stone. The area along the countertops can be clad in a range of stone veneers.

To make the installation easier, consider finding a stone that can easily fill the typical 18-inches of space without multiple cuts. For example, using stone that measures 3-inches in height means that you can fit 6 courses without a lot of cutting. Or, consider using a thinner mosaic for a more varied look that will also fill the space well.

Create Your Dream Home

You don’t need a contractor to install stone veneer in most areas of your home. Make sure you use a modified polymer setting material, and that the wall is either brick, cement block, or cement backerboard before you begin. Otherwise, your stone veneer installation should proceed without an issue.

Clad the walls of your home in beautiful stone veneer to get the beauty and interest that only real stone can bring.

3 Things to Consider Before Starting Your DIY Stone Veneer Kitchen Backsplash Project

Kitchen backsplashes are one of the easiest installations to DIY. They rarely exceed 30 square feet in size, don’t need vapor barriers, and can handle nearly any type of material.

Natural stone veneer is a great material for this area. Lightweight, easy to install, and without the maintenance associated with other types of stone, even the most novice installer can tackle this project.

In many ways, stone veneer installs like tile or loose natural stone. In other ways, it’s easier, with a panelized system dry stack system, no grout is required and the installation goes up very fast. To make sure your backsplash installation goes perfectly, make sure you consider these three things first.

The Substrate

In most cases, your current backsplash area is likely made of drywall. While this is a suitable material for paint and some kinds of tile, it isn’t appropriate for the installation of stone veneer.

Stone veneer can be installed over an existing brick wall or cement block. If your existing wall is drywall, you will want to replace it with cement backerboard using these steps:

First, cut the old drywall out of the backsplash area using a sharp utility knife. Because it likely extends beneath your cabinets, cut along the edges of your cabinets and remove. Score and snap the cement backerboard to fit and screw it directly to the studs of your backsplash. There is no need to tape or skim coat the backerboard before you install your veneer.

Measure and Dry Fit

Most people assume that taking the time to measure for the project is enough but for smaller areas like the backsplash, a dry fit is the best way to ensure a smooth installation.

A dry fit is a layout of tiles or panels in an area of identical shape and size to the area you are installing on. This ensures that you can make any necessary cuts and work around your outlets ahead of time. It can also ensure you are able to work out any potential issues before you have mortar drying on the wall.

To create a dry fit, measure your backsplash and mark off an identical area on the ground nearby. Use painter’s tape and mark the location of each outlet and switch as well. Now fit the stone veneer into the area marked, making your cuts as necessary for a perfect fit.

Aside from a proper fit, the dry layout allows you to ensure an ideal blend of colors. Since natural stone can have a lot of variation in color and veining, selecting the pieces you like best to be placed in the most visible areas is a very good idea. This will create a more pleasing appearance and ensure an even distribution of color.

Taking the extra time to dry lay your installation will be well worth the time for a project you will love for years to come.

Install from the Middle, Up, and Out

When it’s time to find the perfect spot to begin tiling, don’t assume that the best space is on one end. Because your walls may be of differing lengths and you may have focal points, moldings, appliances, and windows to contend with, it’s always best to measure the length of each wall and find its center. Mark the center line vertically. Install your first tile at the bottom of the backsplash, with this mark dividing it top to bottom.

Now, move outward from this point from side to side and up the wall. You’ll get a perfectly balanced installation each time, which is particularly important if you are installing with a pattern.

Create the Perfect Backsplash

Stone veneer backsplashes enhance any kitchen you install them in. Installation is easy, as long as you take the time to consider your substrate, dry-lay your installation, and install using best practices.

Create a quality backsplash with Realstone Systems stone veneer and enjoy the results for years to come.

Trending: Tile color blends

Gone are the days of the simple square or subway glazed tile. Today’s tile showrooms are full of options ranging from classic to exotic, and everything in between. The last few years have seen the rise in popularity of using color and texture blends or even a variety of materials such as mixing natural stone and glass, metal. Our Tempered tiles lend themselves to interesting color blends, whether to match a decor color scheme or brand colors. We’ve put together a few combos to inspire you.

Pale Gold is our latest addition and blends beautifully with our other metalics and pulls it together into a warm color scheme.

 

Replace the Pale Gold with Gunmetal and your color scheme starts to get cooler.

 

Here are some shades of cool blue and green.

 

Using brand or team colors together can be the perfect statement piece in a main entrance or feature wall.

 

 

Our leather tiles come together nicely for a rich earthy combination.