Today is all about adding a stone look to the kitchen island and breakfast bar using a product called Airstone. Airstone is a molded and painted faux stone that you can paste to most surfaces like a hearth or interior wall. It is called Airstone because it is basically made of cement that has little air pockets mixed in.
Faux Stone Kitchen Island
(Kitchen Renovation Series Part III)
We purchased the Airstone product at Lowe’s although our local one didn’t carry it. This stuff is awesome! It’s inexpensive compared to real stone, costing about $20 for six linear feet of stone. The corners we purchased were $35 for 6 linear feet. You will also need to purchase a special paste that smears on the back of the tiles to adhere them.
There are a few choices to make if you are thinking about doing this project. The first choice is color tone. There are a few color choices and we chose Spring Creek which is a grey stone. The second choice is whether you want rough/natural edge or flat edge. This is actually a very small aesthetic choice. If you have places where the edges will be seen (as we have on the edges of our bar in picture 4), you will at least want a natural edge for that section. We chose to do a natural edge for all of our stone.
The first step is to start planning, row by row starting with the corner pieces. Because the pieces come in varying sizes, you may need to cut a stone or two to fit the row. The nice thing about Airstone is that you can use a grinder or concrete blade. The tools aren’t extravagant as most any skill saw/chop saw/wet saw will work. The natural edge stone may have a few bits on the edges that will need to be sanded down or sawed off with a hand saw.
The paste will adhere to almost any surface. As you can see here, we used regular drywall as well the old wood from the kitchen island. Because there was a heavy amount of glazing on the surface of the cabinet, we did sand it somewhat. Allow the adhesive the proper dry time before you continue laying more stone above them.
For this project, we were not able to completely do the entire artificial stone at one time. Since we are replacing the countertops, hubby only did about 2/3 of the way up until the new counter tops can be put in.
And here it is almost finished. On the side you can still see a bit of unfinished stone since hubby hasn’t gotten around to filling that section in. Not complaining since I know I keep him busy. Also, this is a bit of a sneak peek into next week when I will discuss the removal and replacement of the laminate counter tops.
Much improved, right? Thanks for stopping by!
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