Usually, if you want stone in your home, it needs to be installed during construction. On top of that, it’s expensive and time-consuming.
Fortunately, faux stone panels are easy to install anytime in your interior areas, such as walls, under cabinets, as backsplashes behind your sink, and anywhere else you want a rough rocky texture. You just need a few basic tools and some rudimentary DIY knowledge.
Installing Faux Stone: What You’ll Need to Get Started
To get started installing your faux stone panels, you’ll need:
- Enough faux stone panels to cover the area
- Construction adhesive
- Caulk gun
- Long high-quality screws and a screwdriver
- A saw for cutting panels
- A level
- Tape measure
- Pencil or chalk
- Wire brush/rags for cleaning surfaces
Optionally, textured caulk and paints to match your faux stone panels can help touch up areas where you have gaps or screws showing.
How To Install Faux Stone On Interior Areas
You can install faux stone panels anywhere, including on drywall. You just need to follow these steps.
1. Clean all surfaces
Your first step is to clean any surfaces that will have adhesive on them. That means the wall and the back of each panel. A damp rag will do the trick for most surfaces, but if you’re planning to adhere your panels to tough surfaces like concrete, a wire brush can help as well.
By cleaning your wall and panels, you’ll help the adhesive stick better.
2. Measure and mark
With all surfaces clean, it’s time to measure out where each row will fit on your wall. Note that as you measure, your faux stone panels will have overlap points, so make sure you take that into account while measuring.
Your bottom or top row will likely have to be cut short. It doesn’t matter too much which side you cut down, but if tabs are hanging off the bottom, those will likely need to be cut off on your bottom row. In addition, the first panel in each row (typically on the leftmost side) will need to be cut to remove any tabs. Make sure you account for that in your measurements.
After measuring, mark out each row with a pencil or chalk, using your level to keep each marking straight and even.
3. Cut your first piece
If you’re starting from the bottom, cut your first piece to fit using a saw. If you’re starting from the bottom left, cut the right side of the panel off to fit. Double check your measurements before cutting and take care to keep your cuts are absolutely straight.
4. Apply adhesive
Next, apply your construction adhesive to the back of the panel using a caulk gun. It helps to start with a border about an inch or two away from the edge, then fill in the space with some zigzags.
5. Apply the first panel to the wall
Using a slight twisting motion, apply the panel to the wall. You’ll have a little bit of working time, so you’ll be able to move it around a bit before the adhesive sets. The twisting motion is to help spread the adhesive evenly between the two surfaces.
Your level can help you make sure the piece is perfectly aligned with your measurements.
6. Secure with screws
Adhesive alone might not be strong enough to keep your faux stone panels in place. Using your screwdriver or a screw gun, fasten the panel to the wall. It’s best to have screws about a foot apart around the perimeter and then one per square foot throughout the panel.
7. Apply adhesive to overlap areas
Exposed flat areas are meant to be overlapped by the next piece. Apply a bit of adhesive to any areas that will be covered by the next piece to make sure the two pieces fit snugly together.
8. Repeat 4 through 7
From there, repeat steps four through seven for each piece you install. As you move up in rows, you won’t need to do as much cutting, but before moving on to the next row, make sure you apply some adhesive to the topmost overlap point on the row below.
9. Add finishing touches
Once all your panels are installed, you can add some finishing touches with a bit of caulk and paint. These can cover up screws and visible gaps, leaving a seamless finish. In addition, as you install each panel, a damp rag can clean up any adhesive that seeps out between seams.
Additional Tips For Installing Faux Stone Walls
As you follow the above steps, some best practices can help you get the best results with your stone veneer.
Measure twice, cut once
It’s always best practice to measure twice before you make a cut. This is especially important with your first row since it will set the foundation for each row afterward. If one cut is off, that mistake will be compounded with each row installed afterward.
Use high-quality screws
Cabinet screws that can withstand changes in temperature are usually best for use with faux stone veneer. They should also be long enough to go through the panel and well into the surface behind for a secure fit.
Waterproof your panels
If you’re installing faux stone panels in a kitchen, bathroom, or other wet areas, make sure you waterproof the seams. This can be easily done by applying a line of caulk where each panel overlaps along with (or in place of) the adhesive in Step 7.
After applying each panel, make sure to clean up any excess caulk between each seam with a damp rag.
Use quality panels
Finally, you’ll get much better results if you use high-quality faux stone panels. They’ll provide realistic textures while also lasting a lifetime.