Since tearing down the wallpaper, this small accent wall was always an idea in the back of my head. I would check for stone veneer listing on Craigslist and in the big box home improvement stores.
I eventually found some and the price was perfect. It came to be that this is actual stone - not man made so it was extra heavy and very colorful. I drove up and loaded it into the car with the help of the seller and his son. They could not be nicer. There was a LOT of stone! :-)
Then I stacked it on the driveway - completely confident that I would have this project done in a week. (Um yeah - I bought this in October). LOL
From the driveway, I moved it into the garage and that is where it is still sitting. But the pile is shrinking. Then the wall preparation began. I started with a staple gun and some waterproof tar paper.
Next came the metal lath - this stuff just rips your fingers apart - OUCH!
Then you add mortar to create the scratch coat. I let it dry completely and it was time for stone. Yay!
I was nervous about starting this so I laid it out on the driveway first. This actually didn't work too well for me - I liked doing it like a jigsaw puzzle - one piece at a time. It was actually fun!
Here is the before - the view when you walk into the front door with the scratch coat ready and waiting.
I started with the first row and I was thinking ok, I can totally to this. :-)
And I simply worked my way up the wall....
Higher and higher.... until I reached the top!
And ended with this...
I still have to icing and strike the joints but I am thrilled with the final outcome. I will post a final reveal picture when I get the area de-mortared. It is everywhere - even though I put tarps down. I even have enough to to another wall in the living room. Sweet!