DIY Installation of Faux Stone on Drywall
Installing faux stone on drywall can enhance any room and is not extremely difficult. Faux stone is made from high density polyurethane that is molded out of actual stones. Installing the faux stone may be completed over a weekend, depending on the size of the area that you are working on.
Installation of the Faux Stone
Installing faux stone is a relatively easy project to complete. There are a few things that need to be done before installing the faux stone over drywall. Before the actual installation, you need to make sure that you first finish the drywall. Prepare the drywall using drywall mud and lightly sand it until you get a smooth finish.
Faux stone comes in many designs and colors so make sure that you pick a design and color that fit your home's needs. You will need to purchase the faux stone, a putty knife, construction adhesive, drywall screws, and colored caulk.
Start at the bottom of the wall and place a layer of construction adhesive over the back of the faux stone using your putty knife. Spread a thin layer of construction adhesive over the drywall and let it set for about 60 seconds.
Use the drywall screws to secure faux stone to the drywall, according to the website Texture Plus. This process usually requires 1 to 2 screws only. It is also important to make sure that the tongue portion of the faux stone is on the top and the groove portion is on the bottom of the other piece. You will want to slide the next stone next to the first one and continue this process until the first row is complete. The tongue and groove segments must fit together.
Start the next layer and make sure that you offset the new row by 1/2 inch. Continue this process until the project is complete.
The final step entails using colored caulk to fill in the screw holes and spaces in between the pieces of faux stone. You want to match the caulk according to the color of the stone.
Due to faux stone expanding in certain temperatures, it is important to check the stone when it is dry. It may be necessary to add more caulk once the adhesive dries and sets.
Based in Rochester, N.Y., Heidi Carson is an employee training specialist with over 14 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Carson has been writing for Demand Studios since the summer of 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts from St. John Fisher college in psychology and her Master of Science from from the University of Rochester in human development.
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