Hello all! Today I’m sharing my second stone wall project!
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In the image above the grout has not yet been added and I’ll update the images in this post when. that’s been done.
I bought our first pallet of stone From Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore for $120. It was enough to do our first stone accent wall and I have to tell you it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.
That post lives here.
You see that before I installed the stone for our first wall I made and installed a floating desk and that was a whole other project (under $50!)
If you’re interested in the floating desk that post is here.
Back to the current project. This is what we were working with.
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Builder basic at it’s finest. We got our stone from a very large landscaping company that had a bunch left over from many jobs. Remnant stone REMNANT stone remnant stone… I can’t say it enough! you will save hundreds just by buying left overs instead of boxed brand new stone – not to mention the thousands you’ll save by doing it yourself.
This was our pile of stone before we began. You’ll see there in the back the pieces with a bend – those are for the corners. You just stagger them back and forth long side to short side so your corner doesn’t have a straight line seam.
The information about the cement backer board and the mortar are all in my post about the first wall I installed and that post lives here. I don’t own any fancy tools, I used a mixing wand and my electric drill to mix the mortar and slapped it on the back of each stone as I went. I didn’t use a wet saw to make my cuts or anything else that would be considered expensive or needing experience.
The only tricky spot I hit was when I had to go around our TV mount. When you’re putting your stone up it takes a few minutes for it to set up enough to really stick there. with all the other spots the next line is setting on the previous line and although I often use shims to keep the stone going up straight, at this particular spot I would have been in a bit of a pickle with out them! and I mean all that I had, which was two packs. if you look up above the last line of stone you’ll see black lines marked across the backer board. I used a yard long level and a black marker to make those lines to keep the stone going up straight and level. Some people use a chalk line for the same reason.
Between these two projects I’ve only spent a little over $300 and It’s made a big difference in the feel of my downstairs! Builder basic to Eye candy for sure!
behind this stone wall is a small closet for below my stairs and I used that space to make a little mini mudroom for the kids and viola! No more backpacks dumped by the front door, no more jackets slung over my dining room chairs, and no more shoes liberally peppering my floors! that project was under $100 for everything, furniture, molding the little chalkboard make from a $3 remnant store cabinet door – everything. Check out all those details in the links below!
#1 how to use a $3 cabinet door from a remnant store into a chalkboard in minutes!
#2 How to add wall molding using cheap pine from any hardware store.
#3 Aging the pine for a rich look on a budget.
#4 How I installed over 140 square feet of stone veneer for under $2.11 per square foot. Adding stone veneer is a project that ANYONE can do, find out how! There is a serrate post that talks specifically about how I save money doing stone instals and that post is here. I’d planned to do a dry stack (which just means stacked directly on top of the stone below) but as it went up, I realized in order to keep the stones strictly level horizontally I had to have some gaps in some spots. Nothing huge but it needed grout, so theres about post about that very simple process here.
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Next up I’ll be working on the grout for this wall and then some beautiful window trim made from very inexpensive common pine boards. I use 1 x 6’s, 1 4’s and 1 x 2’s to make my dinky builder basic window look big and rich! he’s a little sneak preview!
Some other of my projects you may enjoy!