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That looks nice! What a big difference that makes!

Was it hard to do? I have an exposed concrete wall going down the stairs into my basement that I wanted to use stone vernier on. Wasn't sure if I needed to put anything over the concrete before the cement and stone. It would be a flat wall and the only cuts id need to make would be the angles found down at the bottom by the stairs.
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That looks nice! What a big difference that makes!

Was it hard to do? I have an exposed concrete wall going down the stairs into my basement that I wanted to use stone vernier on. Wasn't sure if I needed to put anything over the concrete before the cement and stone. It would be a flat wall and the only cuts id need to make would be the angles found down at the bottom by the stairs.
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It was pretty labor-intensive and a little frustrating. There's definitely an art to it, and I feel like it's one of those things, like finishing drywall, that a pro would have knocked out in a fraction of the time with better results. I did get better at it as I went - which means, I'll probably never use those skills again! It did give me an excuse to get a new tool: a grinder which, with a masonry wheel, cut through the stones like butter. Making the cuts was not hard at all, but was incredibly dusty, so I did it outside. The other thing was that, in the product shot for the dry stack ledgestone, the stones are perfectly fit together. In real life, some have rounded edges or are tapered, so I'm going to have to go back with a mortar bag and fill in some voids so you can't see the brick. It's a nice product with lots of variations in texture and color, but sometimes that variation in shape didn't make for tight fits.

From what I read in the ASTM guidelines, there are a two things you have to consider with the wall surface: porosity and roughness (rougher is better). My brick fireplace had never been sealed or painted, so it was a great surface, and I didn't need a scratch coat. I did have to keep a squirt bottle handy to keep the bricks and stones wet so they didn't suck all of the moisture out of the mortar. Here's a link to the guidelines, which I found pretty difficult to follow.
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Just have to finish the parts that hold up the mantle.

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New paint. If anyone tells me the room looks like a cave now, I give up.

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Paint is Behr Ultra Antique White. Once paint is dry, I can put everything back together. Theater seats scheduled to arrive on Wednesday. Home stretch.
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I used the same kind of stone veneer, but in Chardonnay. It definitely isn't easy to put up to begin with, but once you get the feel, it starts to get easier. You really transformed that fireplace! Looking good!
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Seats were delivered today. Anxious to see how they look!
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Colors are a little darker than I expected, but the variety is nice. The quality seems very good, and I'm impressed by the details. Only came across one broken stone so far. Picked up 4 bags of veneer stone veneer mortar mix: http://www.sakrete.com/products/deta...-Veneer-Mortar
Started laying out the corners.

Nice job. This shot had me worried about your later comment on it still looking like a cave! But the finished product looks great in your space. Kudos for a job well done.

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In the home stretch of stone veneer.

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We watched football on Sunday, and, thanks to the straight lines in the graphics, I noticed that my projector was out of kilter with the screen and that the screen was a little crooked. I spent some time adjusting the screen brackets as well as the projector pitch, roll, and yaw via the mount. The result was fantastic. I watched the latest episode of Hell on Wheels (the one with Elam and the Comanche) and it was the most immersive thing I've watched in my theater yet.
Last night, I went through the Audyssey setup on my receiver, now I'm anxious to see and hear how tonight's football game sounds and looks. Having some neighbors over. Should be fun.
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Man those seats look really good! I'm hoping to convince the wife we can get something like those and be happy. She is stuck on a nice comfy couch thing which I suppose I can be flexible as long a its the right couch and works with the room. So i'm thinking I may be stuck with the old crappy furniture that we have for a while. I still have a lot to do in the basement in my build. and while I'm finally making good progress I'm to the stuff that really starts to cost some real money. :O

Anyway enjoy the game tonight with friends! That sounds like a blast!
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Bean Bag chairs

I know that overflow seating has been a hot topic on the forum in the past. Wanted to share a couple of things I came across over the weekend. We were looking for floor seating for kids.

I talked at length with a sales clerk at LoveSac and learned two things: they don't keep a lot of new stock at the store, and what you can find there are a lot of returns at discounted prices. My sales person rooted around in the back room opening boxes and taking out things for me to see. In the end, there was nothing there that worked with my size and color requirements, but if you like their products, it wouldn't hurt to ask; you might find a (relative) bargain.

I ended up going to Pier 1 Imports and getting two of these bean bag chairs. They were fairly reasonably priced (particularly after going to LoveSac) and the quality seems pretty good. Kids and adults have both tried them and were able to get very comfortable. I can post pics later.
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Thanks davekeith for your post about overflow seating. I read your post a few weeks ago because I was also looking for overflow options. I went with a bean bag approach as well but went with a longer version that will accommodate my teenage boys a little better. I purchased this bean bag chair. So far so good. The cover is removable and washable and its pretty soft. After doing my homework, Lovesac just wasn't worth my money.
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