How to Install an Interior Faux Stone Wall

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Faux stone on an interior wall is a low maintenance alternative to paint or wall paper. Faux stone is virtually maintenance free; you need only vacuum with a dusting attachment a couple times a year. It's easy to apply faux stone to an interior wall. It comes in pre-fabricated panels that fit together with tongue and groove joints. You simply glue the panels to the wall and reinforce with drywall screws.

Things You'll Need

  • Tri sodium phosphate
  • Faux stone panels or units
  • Construction adhesive
  • Putty knife
  • Drywall screws
  • Electric screwdriver
  • Hack saw or circular saw
  • Color-matching caulk
  • Prepare the wall surface. If painted, wash with a solution of 1 tablespoon tri sodium phosphate in 1 gallon of water. If unfinished drywall, insure that the seams and screw holes have been mudded and sanded. Use a lamb's wool duster to remove excess sanding dust.

  • Begin at a bottom corner. Apply construction adhesive to the back and side edges of a faux stone "unit." Spread the adhesive with a medium putty knife so that it covers the entire back and the side edges of the unit.

  • Position the stone panel unit with the tongue portion at the top and the groove portion at the bottom.

  • Insert drywall screws into the holes provided. The screw heads should be slightly recessed in the faux stone.

  • Continue adding panels across the bottom row. Butt the side edges of the faux stone units together.

  • Add a second row directly above the bottom row. Begin by cutting a faux stone section in half vertically. This will stagger the joints, similar to the pattern when laying traditional brick. Position the glued faux stone units so that the bottom groove of the second row fits into the top tongue of the first row. Secure with drywall screws and continue in this manner until you reach the final row.

  • Install the faux stone panels in the top row the same way as in the preceding rows, except first cut off the tongue portion at the top of each panel if no additional trimming for size is necessary in order for the top row to fit. The panels in the top row can easily be trimmed horizontally to fit using a hack saw or table saw.

  • Use color matching caulk to fill in the recessed areas from the drywall screw heads.

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