As Robert and I have been figuring out pricing and setting aside a project fund for our fireplace, we have finally gotten to picking out materials. (Yaaaaaa!) Which, as usual, is leaving my head spinning with all kinds of possibilities.
The Shaver Three are going to be road-tripping it this weekend and we have a ton going on family-wise once we return, so this might be my last post for the next week and a half. 🙁 Before we go, though, y’all know I have to get you up to speed.
At the start of this faux fireplace idea (which I swear I will stop teasing you about one day this summer and actually do it), I had seen a ton of DIY blogs featuring Airstone projects, and I was sold on the stuff.
This one from The Lettered Cottage is pretty darn spectacular.
But I didn’t like the limited color options available. There are a grand total of two: gray and brown. Eh. And the Airstone still had more of a modern feel than I wanted. Some of the reviews I had found mentioned the problem of the stones cracking over time since they are really brittle too. If we are going to spend a good bit of time and money on this project, it better darn well hold up!
Then, as I was looking around at some other options, I found this beauty from In Your Back Pocket.
Holy moly, that’s some gorgeousness! And somehow the rugged look of the rustic stone made the more modern brick-like Airstone material pale in comparison when it came to staying consistent with the cottage look I always gravitate toward. Not knocking the stuff…it’s just not me.
That photo completely epitomizes everything I had planned in my mind for our living room (minus the awesomely huge windows since I can’t exactly DIY those), but the stone, the furniture colors, the white beams, the log stack, the gray-washed table…everything has me written allllllll over it. And before now, I didn’t know this inspiration existed so I was thrilled to see that it all does, in fact, work together.
So after more research (Robert likes to call me the research queen because I can beat a topic to death with finding reviews/inspirations for weeks on end), I discovered a stone veneer company through Lowe’s called M-Rock. The installation is not as simple as the Airstone, which pretty much consists of sticking bricks to a wall with a strong adhesive, but since it’s veneer, it is still supposedly way easier than the real deal stone.
Here are the stone veneers they carry that I’m diggin’:
Ridge Ledge Stone
Frontier Easy Stack Stone (I’m not sure why their stock photo looks sort of purple)
Woodland Field Stone
And the best part, the stone veneer is the same price per box as the Airstone at $48 per 8 square feet if it’s ordered directly from M-Rock. Bam! So I don’t even have to go over our budget. I’m so ready to get this project started.
23 school days left until summer! I think I’m more excited than some of my students…nah.