One of the things that’s often desirable in a game room, bar, or basement area is a faux stone wall. I’m going to talk about one of the easiest methods to making this wall, which is a product that most people get from Lowe’s called Airstone. You can find the product online here:
Airstone is a product that looks like real stone but is really a very light stone like material (hence the name Airstone). Instead of using stone tools to cut and shape it, you use a standard hacksaw or power saw (with appropriate blade) to cut it. I did my fireplace wall with a hacksaw, if I had to do it again though I’d probably invest in a power saw.
I used the Autumn Mountain veneer (pictured below). It has a brownish hue to it that goes well with most things. When buying it, there are two different kinds of boxes, one with only straight pieces and one with only corners. Depending on your project, you may or may not need the corner pieces but you’ll for sure need the straight pieces unless you’re just doing a square column. I had two major corners with my Airstone fireplace that required quite a few corner boxes.
When assembling it, it’s fairly easy to start constructing your wall. The hardest part is keeping your wall level. You may want to draw some lines to provide a good starting point. In my case, I put up a 2×4 horizontally across to build my first row, then built upon it after that. That may or may not work for you depending on what you’re doing, if your wall has a lot of spaces the board thing may not work. Letting your first couple rows dry will help with later assembly, the stone isn’t too hard to take off later if you make a mistake.
The adhesive I used was the manufacturer recommended adhesive pictured below. You can buy it here:
The good thing is that it’s very easy to work with and if you make a mistake it’s pretty easy to correct. The negative to that is that some smaller pieces may fall off eventually, some of the really small (1″) pieces I cut to fill in spaces fell off and had to be reattached. Luckily they usually fell off in the first week, so if it makes it that long you’re probably doing pretty good.
I’ve now had my fireplace up for a few years now, would I do it again? Absolutely. In fact I’m considering adding Airstone to my bar area now. It’s easy to install, cost effective, and looks fantastic when done. If I ever get it done, I’ll post and update with that project when it’s finished.