Mar 042016
 

For a lot of people, columns are an ‘outside’ thing – but these photos from customer Shaun Stephens demonstrate that they can look super stylish inside as well.

Basement pillars wrapped in faux stone with caps

This is the first thing you see when you come down the stairs into Shaun’s basement.

Shaun Stephens recently sent us pictures of his finished basement; its most stylish feature being Colorado Stacked Stone column wraps from the Norwich line.

He chose them to surround the supporting pillars of his basement; and they look fantastic. Not only are they vividly realistic – almost indistinguishable from real stone – but they match the dark hardwood floors beautifully.

“We loved the product,” Shaun writes. “We’re definitely going to use it again for other projects.”

Using these wraps was the perfect idea for Shaun’s basement, because they could be installed on the existing columns without taking them down or removing them. They’re actually installed like a jigsaw puzzle, one panel at a time, on a wooden frame created around the supporting beam. The end cap comes in two pieces, and slots together over the top.

Finished basement with hardwood floors and support pillars wrapped in faux stacked stone.

The finished columns go perfectly with the hardwood floors.

Once installed, you can cover over any gaps in the seams with colored caulk, and the finished result is incredibly authentic looking. In fact, it would be difficult to tell that they weren’t real stone except by reaching out and touching them.

And while they look like real stone, the finished project costs just a fraction of the price – and takes hours to install, rather than the days you’d have to set aside if you were using real stone.

We love the finished project, and hope it inspires more people to use faux columns in their basement, or elsewhere inside there home. What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Super stylish basement columns that mimic the look of real stacked stone.

The column wraps themselves were easy enough to assemble, even for somebody with limited carpentry skills.

 

Basement pillars with Norwich stacked stone pillar wraps

The choice of Norwich panels really compliments the decor.

 

Finished basement with support columns enhanced with fake stone column wraps

We love the finished look.

May 292015
 

Before purchasing, our customers always tend to have a number of questions about faux decorative columns.  They want to make sure the decision they make is the right one for their property, and that they’ll be staying within their budget while getting a valuable product.  Below, you’ll see the top five questions our customers ask.

1. What are the columns made of?

Most of the columns are made of high density polyurethane. This is a safe, lightweight and reliable material known for its extreme durability, environmental friendliness, and budget-friendly cost.  Columns from the Ashford line are made out of medium density polyethylene (MDPE), which is another very durable, lightweight material.

Ashford Ledgestone Polyethylene Columns

Polyethylene: Ashford Ledgestone

Wellington Drystack Polyurethane Columns are eye-catching porch accents

Polyurethane: Wellington Drystack

2. Are they easy to install?

Yes! All you have to do is follow the simple installation directions.  If you don’t wish to install them on your own, any carpenter in the phone book will be able to install the columns easily.

Installing faux columns is as easy as fitting the wraps around a post.

Installing faux columns is a breeze.

3. Where can they be used?

Our columns can be used anywhere you’d like the look of brick or stone.  They are a great design complement for any residential or commercial application, indoors and out.  Use them as driveway columns, fence posts, on your porch or deck, in your retail store, and more.

Faux decorative columns are great as driveway accents.

Faux decorative columns looking stunning on the driveway

Fake stone columns make wonderful deck accents.

The columns accent this home deck beautifully

Our Windsor columns are  perfect as mailbox posts.

Windsor mailbox post in Kentucky Gray

Our Wellington faux decorative columns enhance retail store design beautifully.

Wellington Drystack columns add rugged style to the Peter Glenn store.

4. How long do they last?

A very long time.  In fact, FauxColumns.com™ guarantees that all columns will effectively withstand normal outdoor conditions for fifteen years.  The material will not crack, peel, split, or rot.  All of the products are also treated with a coating of U.V.-resistant finish that will slow down fading from sun exposure.  (Like anything left in the sun, however, some slight fading could occur over time.  FauxColumns.com™ does not warranty against fading from the sun.  For more information, please see our Warranty page.)

The columns are also waterproof, specially made to resist moisture.  They’re great for all climates.

5. What do customers say?

Our customers love how the columns add to the décor of their properties, indoors and out.  Here are a few of the most recent testimonials:

I just wanted to share the before and after pictures of our home after using your products. We can’t believe the difference it has made, we are so happy with it. We have received so many compliments. Most people don’t even know that it isn’t real stone. Great job and a great product!
–Thomas P., Brockway, PA

We used your product to cheer up our hair salon, we are nestled in the Canadian Rockies and your faux stacked panels and columns fits in beautiful with our rocky surroundings! We used the door trim on the corners and really love the contrast it created. -Elli’s Hair West, Canmore, Canada

Hair salon remodeled with faux stone decorative columns

As with anything, we were concerned ordering off the internet without seeing the product. But we wanted a unique look for our house that we are building ourselves. Our friends think we installed stone on our columns! Love the look and it was easy to install. –Sami Jo, Texas

Sami Jo's home interior is revitalized with Norwich Colorado Stacked Stone column.

Sami Jo’s home interior is revitalized with a Norwich Colorado Stacked Stone column

Want to know more? Find answers to other questions about Faux Columns™ at our FAQ page.

 

 

 

Apr 032015
 

Many customers are extremely satisfied with how easy it is to install our columns.  Using just some simple tools, they are able to get them up in no time at all.  Below, we’ll show you how to install a faux stacked stone column wrap over an existing support post.

Installing a faux stacked stone column wrap is easy.

Installing a faux stacked stone column wrap over an existing support post is easy.

Before we begin, here is the list of simple tools you’ll need:

  1. Exterior Grade Screws — use screws that are long enough to go through the column. We

recommend a narrow head screw (such as a #1 Roberson head trim head screw) to make touchup

easier and less noticeable.

  1. Construction Adhesive/Glue — we recommend either PL® Premium Construction Adhesive, PL®

Premium Advanced 8X Construction Adhesive (which has 4X faster bonding), or Great Stuff Pro.

  1. A saw for cutting columns – a circular saw, jig saw, band saw, table saw, or hand saw, it is your

preference.  Any woodcutting blade used with these saws work great and cut smooth and easy.

  1. Tape Measure
  2. Level
  3. Caulking gun for applying the Adhesive/Glue and Caulk.
  4. FauxColumns color coordinated textured caulk.
  5. 2″ x 4″ lumber as needed
  6. Exterior grade plywood as needed

Installation Instructions:

Make sure the column wrap is clean before you being installation.

  1. Be sure that the columns, the column cap and posts are clean and dry before you begin. Approximately 24 hours before the installation, expose the post, the column wrap, the lumber and the plywood to the same general humidity and temperature. Make sure not to expose any of these materials to direct sunlight, or in close proximity to heat.

Construct a sub frame for your faux stacked stone column wrap next.

  1. To get a secure and sturdy base for the column wraps, you’ll want to construct a sub frame. Make sure that this sub frame, along with the plywood, fits within the wrap’s dimensions.  To maintain a steady, upright connection to the existing wood post, this frame needs to be securely centered on the support post.

Apply the exterior grade plywood to the wood sub frame.

  1. Next, apply the plywood to the wood sub frame. This will serve as the surface that you’ll attach the column wraps to.  For proper sizing, make sure to dry fit the wraps to the structure.

Hint: leave a little extra room for the thickness that will be added by the glue that’s between the plywood and the column wraps.

Apply a bead of glue to the perimeter of one of the column wrap pieces.

  1. On the back of one of the wrap panels, apply small beads of adhesive along the perimeter, about one inch from the edge. Then, in a zigzagging pattern, apply a little more adhesive to the back of the panel.  Make sure the beads of adhesive are no more than 4 inches apart.  Add a little bit of glue inside the fingers of the panel, which interlock.  Then apply a little bit of the textured caulk along the edges of the interlocking fingers, where they’ll join with the next section of the column wrap.

Apply the wrap panel to the plywood.

  1. Apply the column wrap to your exterior grade plywood. Gently press and twist the wrap panel onto the plywood, to ensure secure contact with the adhesive.  The PL® Premium Advanced 8X Construction Adhesive will help to keep the wrap panels in place on the plywood, giving you some time to get the other ones up.

Fit the interlocking fingers together.

  1. Repeat step 4 and 5 for every other section of the wrap. Be sure that the fingers securely interlock.

Make sure the wrap is level and the fingers fit together nicely.

  1. Make sure the interlocking fingers of the panels all fit together securely, and that the column wraps are level. Begin to fasten the wraps to the plywood all along the perimeter with screws, spacing them at approximately a foot apart.  In the middle sections of each panel, place additional screws about 1 per square foot apart.  It’s best if every screw is slightly recessed below the surface of the panels.  Make sure not to tighten the screws more than needed.Hint: Concealing screws in crevices, beneath protruding rocks, or grout lines will help to give the column panels a cleaner, more realistic look.

Wipe off excess caulk with a damp rag before it dries.

  1. Before the caulk dries, use a damp rag to wipe off any excess caulk that might have been pushed out between the two wrap panels. You can also use the textured caulk to hide the screw heads.

Stacked stone column wraps installed on a front porch.

  1. If you are installing multiple rows of columns, you can now start the next row up. Repeat steps 4-8 for the next row of column wraps to be installed.

The cut out in each of the two cap halves allow them to sit around an existing support post.

  1. A “Two-Piece” Column Cap is featured with Norwich columns. This cap comes as two diagonal halves, which are split through the center, so as to help hide the seam.  The cut out parts in the halves of each cap allow them to be placed around existing support posts.  PLEASE NOTE: depending on the post size, additional cutting or shimming and caulking may be required.  The opening in the cap center is 6″ X 6″.  Proceed to Step 12.

If using a solid cap, no opening/no post, just proceed to Step 12.

  1. If you’re using a solid cap with no opening or post, continue to Step 12.

Apply glue to the tops of the column wrap sections and to the wood sub-structure to secure the column cap in place.

  1. To secure the column cap in place, apply adhesive to the top sections of the column wraps and to the wood sub frame. Set the cap in place, pressing down firmly. If using the two piece cap, glue the two halves together around the existing post. Then follow up with screws to hold the cap piece to the panels and sub-structure (toe-nailing through the bottom on a diagonal).

  1. Lastly, using the paint from the Touch-up Kit, paint the wraps, screw heads, and textured caulk as needed. Click here for more details on Touching Up Panels. Stand back and admire your handiwork. (In this project shown, additional wood was added to the structural support post to create a dramatic tapered look.)

When installing your columns, be sure to follow and obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.  Always follow any, and all, local, state, and federal building codes.

Always comply with any specified clearances set forth by the manufactures of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat sources, as well.

Mar 132015
 

While polyurethane columns require very little maintenance, there may be a few instances when they need a bit of paint – to conceal caulking, cover cut marks that exposed the raw polyurethane or touch up other small areas.

Touch-Up paint kits ensure that you'll have a consistent color style for your whole column.

Touch-Up paint kits ensure your column’s color stays consistent

For this kind of project, you’ll need the touch-up paint that is made for Carlton columns.  You’ll find this paint in the tab on the product page for each column that says “Needed For Install.”  Before touching up your column with paint, we recommend practicing this on a scrap piece first.  A paper plate is a perfect place to practice.

Touch-Up kits are available for all our lines, colors and styles.

A touch-up paint kit is available for every column style and color

  1. Depending on the color of your Carlton column or post covers, there may be multiple colors in the touch up paint kit.
Polyurethane columns can sometimes have spots that require touch-up paint.

The columns can sometimes have spots that require touch-up paint.

  1. Additional factors in determining which paint colors to use include the size of the affected area, the surrounding color, and the depth of the scuff or scratch that needs touching up.
Dilute the touch-up paint before painting your polyurethane column.

Dilute the paint with water before painting your columns.

  1. Dilute the touch-up paint with water before you start painting on the column. This way, you’ll have a workable consistency.
Blend touch-up paints for best results on your polyurethane columns.

Blend the paints for best results

  1. Mix the colors as needed, so as to achieve different shades. For a more transparent appearance, add a little water and dab off excess paint. Apply a small amount of the diluted paint to a moist cloth, sponge, small brush, or Q‐tip.
Dab paint on to the affected area of your polyurethane columns.

Dab paint on to the affected area

  1. Begin painting the column using the lighter colors first. After doing that, wait 10 to 15 minutes for the paint to dry before applying the darker shades. Dab paint into your desired areas.  Make sure to quickly wipe up any paint in undamaged areas with a clean, damp cloth.
Dab paints with a damp cloth to blend surroundings on polyurethane columns.

Dab paints with a damp cloth to blend

  1. Make sure to wipe off any excess paint immediately. Applying thin coats of paint in translucent shades is usually best. You can then gradually darken the area to blend it in.  As needed, use a clean, damp cloth to dab the paint until the repaired area blends in with its surroundings.
When repairs are completed, the affected area blends in perfectly with the surrounding area.

When repairs are completed, the affected area is no longer visible

  1. Now, just let the paint dry and you’re done!
Feb 132015
 

Wellington faux column wraps are a fantastic element for practically any design, indoors and out.  In addition to being practical and budget-friendly alternatives to real stone columns, they realistically convey the same striking look.  Another great feature of these columns is the range of beautiful colors available. From a choice of ten elegant colors, you’ll easily find a style that suits the décor of your home or business.  Whether you use them to upgrade your driveway entrance, add visual appeal to your porch, or enhance a doorway in your home, Wellington wraps will give you an impressive result.  Browse the photo examples below and see for yourself.

Canyon’s tones of cream and brown look great in kitchens and on patios.

Faux column wraps in Canyon color, great for kitchens.

Faux column wraps in Canyon color are great for kitchens.

Earth works perfectly for exterior designs, like outdoor kitchens.

The Earth color faux column wraps are ideal for outdoor kitchens.

The Earth color style is ideal for outdoor kitchens.

Espresso will give your porch design a fabulous wakeup call.

Faux column wraps in Espresso color make porches classy and inviting.

Faux column wraps in Espresso color make porches classy and inviting.

Light Gray can add a cool, uniform look as a yard accent or anywhere indoors.

Faux column wraps in Light Gray color are excellent as yard accents.

Faux column wraps in Light Gray color are excellent as yard accents.

The mosaic of Quarry Gray adds natural appeal to patios or entrance columns.

The Quarry Gray color style looks great on patios.

The Quarry Gray color style looks great on patios.

Saddle Beige inherently suits designs in the Southwest style,
and looks wonderful in outdoor pergolas as well.

Faux column wraps in Saddle Beige are nice as entrance columns.

Faux column wraps in Saddle Beige are nice as entrance columns.

Sand’s understated stones are ideal to offset a business sign.

Faux columns wraps in the Sand color make gorgeous sign posts.

Faux columns wraps in the Sand color make gorgeous sign posts.

Sierra Moss can beautifully accent a garden; the surrounding greenery highlighting its elegance.

Sierra Moss is an elegant color that goes well as a garden accent.

Sierra Moss is an elegant color that goes well as a garden accent.

Tierra Gold is a wonderful color for a home’s interior,
and looks great when flanking doorways, like in the photo below.

Tierra Gold faux column wraps make great interior columns.

Tierra Gold faux column wraps highlight this archway

Washed Bisque is one of our newest colors and would look lovely in
living areas like kitchen nooks and foyers.

The Washed Bisque faux column wraps make a sophisticated addition to kitchen nooks and foyers.

Washed Bisque will make a sophisticated addition to kitchen nooks and foyers.

Made from highly durable polyurethane; these wraps are maintenance free and weatherproof.  They also won’t crack, chip or rot.  They’ll last throughout the years, and still maintain their gorgeous colors.

Because of their light weight, Wellington columns are extremely easy to install, and are perfect for a weekend DIY project.

Any color you choose will bring new life to your property or interior. Which one do you like best?

Nov 142014
 

The new Slate Stone columns by Windsor are an exciting addition to our selection of decorative columns.  With the stylish look of real slate, they give your designs an added flair that is sure to catch the eye of passersby.

For enhanced curb appeal, they are ideal design elements to flank your driveway’s entrance with.  Also use them to decorate your porch design, upgrade your patio, accent your garden, improve your interior spaces, and more.

Made of highly durable polyurethane, they stand up over time to severe weather, and will always look as good as new.  Crafted from molds made of authentic slate, they look and feel just like the real thing.  Outdoors, they resist moisture and harsh temperatures.  Indoors, they withstand wear and tear and high traffic.  With a robust, maintenance-free construction, they’ll never chip, crack, split, or fade.

Their one-piece, lightweight construction also makes them extremely easy to install.  To ensure you get them up quickly, we include an easy installation guide with your order.  In no time, you’ll have an attractive new element elevating the beauty of your design.

Offered in five beautiful colors, you’ll easily find a style that matches your design preferences.

The Brunswick Brown Column is an elegant tone that looks great as a porch column, and will easily improve your property’s visual appeal.

Slate stone columns in Brunswick Brown make attractive porch accents.

Slate stone columns in Brunswick Brown make attractive porch accents.

The Canyon color gives you a flavor of the Southwest, and looks great as a design element on your patio.

Slate stone columns in Canyon finish make relaxing patio accents.

Slate stone columns in Canyon finish add comfort to your patio.

The Midnight Ash color is a sophisticated tone that looks fantastic as a fence column in your yard.

Slate stone columns in Midnight Ash work beautifully as fence columns.

Slate stone columns in Midnight Ash work beautifully as fence columns.

The Slatestone column in the Mojave color is a nice way to touch up the décor of your interior designs, and looks great as a decorative element in entranceways in your home.

Slate stone columns in the Mojave color add a desert feel to your interior decor.

Slate stone columns in the Mojave color create a cozy interior decor.

The Slatestone column in the Pewter color is a great way to touch up your driveway entrance, and will be sure to add considerable appeal and beauty to your property’s exterior.

Slate stone columns in the Pewter color look great at your driveway entrance.

Slate stone columns in the Pewter color look great at your driveway entrance.

Cost-effective and indistinguishable from real stone, the Windsor Slatestone columns offer a fabulous way to help you create truly outstanding designs for your home and your business, indoors and out.

Oct 312014
 

Our customers have been delighted with how great faux stone decorative pillars  look when placed next to each other.  There are many areas multiple columns can be installed in if you’d like to create a charming look.  In this post, we want to show you how columns make attractive design elements when placed next to each other in entranceways, porches, driveways, and also indoors.

1. Entranceways

Upgrading the ambiance and visual appeal of entranceways is always a nice way to welcome visitors.  This is easily done when fake stone columns are installed in an attractive row, as you can see below.  The faux drystack columns add a classy touch to the entranceway.

Decorative pillars paired on entryways are a great way to create a welcoming feel.

Faux stone columns paired on entranceways create an inviting ambiance for visitors.

2. Porches

Stone veneer columns make great visual focal points to break up outdoor spaces.  As you can see in the photos below, a colonnade of faux columns aligned on a porch looks gorgeous.

Decorative pillars lined in a colonnade on a porch create an inviting ambiance.

The Wellington Drystack Espresso columns line this porch beautifully, nicely breaking up the space between the house and yard.

3. Driveways

Driveways are typically the first part of the exterior of a home or business exterior that visitors will see when entering the property.  What better way to give them a warm welcome than with two beautiful faux stone columns flanking the driveway entrance?

Stone veneer columns  flanking driveway entrances adds to curb appeal.

Stone veneer columns flanking driveway entrances create an attractive design that adds to curb appeal.

4. Interior Spaces

Artificial stone columns are a great design element for creating a sophisticated décor in your home.  They look beautiful in entryways and foyers.  They can also be used to flank a fireplace, bookshelves, an entertainment center, sculptures and more.  Customizing your home’s interior with faux stone columns is also a fun DIY project.

Faux Stacked Stone columns accentuate interiors beautifully.

The Norwich artificial Stacked Stone columns accentuate interiors beautifully.

Upgrade and accentuate the beauty of your home or business with stone veneer columns in pairs or rows.  It’s an easy and affordable way to transform your décor, and make your property all the more inviting.

Jul 252014
 
Decorative interior columns are a fantastic way to bring a cozy touch to any room with existing support posts.

Decorative interior columns are perfect for covering existing supports in your home.

In addition to their popularity as outdoor accent elements, faux stone columns can just as easily be used for indoor designs.

With the ability to cover existing posts in your home or business, cover doorway entrances, and wrap pillar supports for trade show booths, decorative interior columns can add beauty and comfort to any interior space.  With optional caps, they can even be used as standalone design accents that will add ambience and character to a room.

Possessing the look and feel of actual stone, but light enough in weight and easy to install, our customers have been able to significantly upgrade the look of their homes and businesses in a minimal amount of time.  By using faux stone columns, our customers have also saved on the cost- and time-intensive labor they’d incur if they used real stone to decorate their indoor spaces with.

Extremely durable, our columns can be installed in high traffic areas without the need to worry about damage.  Maintenance free, they can be put in humid areas indoors without having to fear mildew or peeling.

However you decide to use columns in the redesign of your home, business or office, they’ll bring a tasteful, visually appealing touch to any interior design.

Just take a look at the additional pictures below to get ideas of how decorative columns can enhance your indoor spaces.

Decorative interior columns bring a colorful look to interiors.

Stacked stone column wraps add character to interior spaces.

Decorative interior columns

Decorative interior columns make retail environments cozy.

Decorative interior columns are a colorful touch for hallway entries.

Hallway entries are a perfect place for decorative interior columns.

Trade show booths are more attractive with decorative interior columns.

Faux stone columns also lend attractiveness to trade show booths.

Transform interior spaces with decorative interior columns.

Transform rooms with our stackable columns for existing supports.

Decorative interior columns bring life to interiors.

Stackable faux stone columns are colorful design elements for interior spaces.