Originally Posted by rkinmoval
How difficult was the stone work? I'm seriously thinking about doing something like that in the rec room area of our basement.
Hope your speakers arrive this week. Have someone around to help you place them. You're not going to be able to lift them yourself.
That's funny you ask....I WAS planning on giving the stone work a shot myself. But then AT THE TIME, my speakers were going to be finished SOONER, so I had a buddy who's a mason handle it. After I put up the plywood and built out the acoustic treatment boxes, I put up the metal lathe. I really did NOT want to go that route, but he insisted I do this before he came over.
I questioned couldn't the stones just be glued up? That could have worked, but the stones are not perfectly shaped and you would want a mortar of some sort behind the stone. So I put up the lathe and then he came over with another guy to speed things up. Let me just say that it created more dust than the drywall!
After the stone was up, I took out my wet-dry and vacuumed all the surfaces. But if I swiped my finger across any stone, I would have a gray finger.
So I had to actually "scrub" all the stone with water. I used the wet dry at the same time to help keep the mess at bay since there would have been puddles all over the floor if I didn't wet-dry it up at the same time. Don't want to do that over again, but in the end I got the look and feeling I was striving for when you walk in.
Buttering the stones isn't hard and it goes pretty fast if you have the feel for it (which I did not).
If you're planning something small like an accent wall, GO FOR IT! Just know it gets REAL MESSY! I seriously had no idea stone work was so dusty.