Sometimes things are quite what they seem and that's definitely the cause with many surfaces in today's homes. Here are some considerations when buying a home with faux finishes.
From vinyl floors, to tile that looks like wood and even beadboard wallpaper, faux finishes are a great way get the look of one material with the benefits of another.
More and more homeowners are shying away from marble countertops because of the cost, maintence and their potential to stain. They are opting for man-made options that are often half the cost and are much much durable. But does this affect the potential for resale going forward?
The came can be said for flooring. Often times homeowners love the look of wood floors but not the fact that they can scratch easily or are more susceptible to water or pet damage. Many will opt for tiles that look the same as wood or even vinyl.
Vinyl has come a long way, with many higher end products on the market that are identical to real wood. They even have the etched and scraped look of rustic wood floors.
In our last home, I used a beadboard wallpaper as a backplash. The paint I used caused it to harden making it very durable and identical to the real thing. It was also easily wipeable and scrubble just like beadboard panels but I dare say that it looks more consistent because there were no large seams as you often see with real beadboard. (See my post here on How to Install Beadboard Wallpaper).
Next, I'll use beadboard wallpaper in our current home over the kitchen cabinets to make them look as if the cabinetry is going to the ceiling. Because it is paintable, I can paint them the exact shade of white as my cabinets for a seamless look!
For furniture, faux finishes give home owners lots of new opportunities to give life to quality furniture pieces. One can easily refinish an old dining table to a traditional dark wood finish with this gel stain technique. For a modern farmhouse look, this faux barnwood stain makes your any furniture piece look like Pottery Barn. Also, for a more coastal look, here is a whitewashed look for any surface, not just wood.
One other consideration are fireplace finishes. Ugly fireplaces do not sell homes and they are often the focal point of the most important room in the house - the living room. Instead of losing the character of the original brick, you can easily whitewash a fireplace allowing certain bricks to show while hiding the ugly ones.
This faux mortar wash technique looks like it was professionally done but saves the homeowner hundreds, if not thounsands, on a new fireplace surface. It simply involves painting the group and the whitewashing the unsightly bricks the most while leaving other bricks more transparent.
There are several options for homeowners when it comes to faux finish that do not devalue the house. In fact, most new home owners appreciate the aesthetic and added function of these finishes.