Decorating the walls with a decorative stone with your own hands (photo) decorating the walls with a stone
Decorating walls with a decorative stone is one of the most popular design techniques in construction. Machines and mechanisms, computers and the latest electronics are increasingly surrounding the modern man. Tired of the overabundance of new technologies, he begins to appreciate nature more. Wood and stone are widely used for finishing outside and inside public and residential buildings.
Details of the finishing stone
The decorative stone used to cover the walls is natural and artificial.
A natural stone stands in the row of the most ancient building and finishing materials. It is extracted in quarries, then processed: pricked, cut, polished. It is durable, wear-resistant, easy to clean. One of the disadvantages is the high price. Working with natural material takes time and a certain skill. Each pebble must be selected and tried on the spot. A natural stone with its weight can overload the wall, and brittleness does not allow it to be pricked or pierced with a thin enough layer.
Artificial material is also used since ancient times. Everyone knows the brick - the first man-made product of this type. In the durability and mechanical strength of natural material, even often inferior to the artificial, which can be made with thin light plates. Available technologies for the production of stone of any color, texture, size and shape. Artificial material can be made on site, and many species even with their own hands.
When decorating the walls with a decorative stone, you should note that in this room you need more light to emphasize the texture of the material and its color. Dull or dim light will make the room gloomy. To correct the impression will help the alternation of masonry with light colored, plastered or wallpapered areas. It is not suitable decorative stone as facing for narrow rooms. Even in bright enough light, they will seem even more unattractive. But if you need to highlight a fireplace, a window or doorway - then the decorative stone is irreplaceable. Decorating the walls with a decorative stone is perfectly combined with fountains and aquariums, as well as with climbing indoor plants. More often a stone use for a decor of kitchen, a drawing room, a vestibule.
The surface of the wall designed for finishing is leveled, the cracks are closed. The basis for any stone, artificial or natural, requires a solid and reliable. The concrete wall needs only to be cleaned, and on the brick surface - also to fix the metal mesh, and then plaster. The gypsum board wall is strengthened and primed.
To fix the decorative stone, it is possible to use a standard sand-cement mixture and add a plasticizer. It is more reasonable to apply glue for tiles or silicone glue, depending on the variety of artificial stone. For natural material, special glue marks are used. Prepare the solution by pouring the dry mixture into a bucket of water. Stir until the desired density and uniformity of the mass. If you work with gypsum cardboard, then choose an adhesive that can be attached to cardboard. For safety it is better to apply perforation to the surface of the sheet to improve adhesion.
It is necessary to determine in advance where and how to finish the walls with a stone. It is better to draw a sketch, given its size and way of laying: by butt or forming a seam. You can lay out the material on the floor to better represent the future picture. The quality of the stones is checked, the adjustment is carried out for the required parameters. The walls are ground and ground.
Stacking of decorative stone
To apply the solution on the walls, it is easier to use a trowel or a comb spatula. The most important is the first row of decorative stone. When laying it, you need to apply water or laser level. Then the next series will be even. If stacking is applied end to end, each element is simply pressed against the wall and held until it engages. When laying with a seam, make sure that the distances between rows are equal in width, and the horizontal lines and vertical lines intersect at right angles. That the seam turned out equal, it is possible to use plastic crosses for a tile, and at imitation of a bricklaying - cuttings gipsokartona.
The stone must be moistened before laying, especially with a seamless method.
- Adjustment of decor elements to fit is done on a tile cutting machine or a Bulgarian. If the thickness of the plates is more than 15 mm, take a break after every three rows to grasp the solution and the stones do not slip.
- It takes two days for the glue to harden. After that, you can remove all the accessories and clean the masonry.
- The seams are filled with a special grout solution. It is possible to use a ready-made silicone filler applied by a special gun.
The final stage is the covering of the masonry from the decorative stone with lacquer. Especially in the kitchen. In wet areas, additional treatment with protective primers will be required.
Decoration of walls with a stone is the best way to turn an ordinary room into a stylish and respectable one.
It can transform the interior of a residential house, restaurant, hotel or business center. It is especially pleasing to realize, considering the ennobled room, that all work with the stone is done by oneself.