How to lay a stacked stone feature wall

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How to lay a stacked stone feature wall

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Project Overview

Improve your barbecue area with a stylish stacked stone feature wall. It’s definitely a job that you can do yourself and we’ll show you how. You’ll learn how to prepare the wall, measure and cut the stacked stone pieces, and attach them to the wall, using adhesive.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Clean and seal the area
2 Mix the primer
3 Prime the surface
4 Dry lay the first row of stacked stone
5 Measure and cut the stacked stone ends
6 Mix the adhesive
7 Apply silicon to the back of the benchtop
8 Apply the adhesive
9 Attach the stacked stone to the adhesive
10 Cut the top row to size
11 Lay the top row of stacked stone
  • Step 1. Clean and seal the area

    First, clean the area you’re planning to turn into the feature wall.  Then, use an outdoor silicon product around the edges. Scrape off any excess silicon with an icy pole stick.  

  • Step 2. Mix the primer

    Now mix primer and water in a bucket. Make sure you read the instructions on the pack to get the correct water to primer ratio. 

  • Step 3. Prime the surface

    Now apply the primer the area, using a brush or roller. Make sure you cover the whole substrate and leave it to dry for 15 minutes.

  • Step 4. Dry lay the first row of stacked stone

    Stacked stone is made from natural stone and has variations in colour, texture and thickness. So before you apply any adhesive, dry lay out your first row against the wall to help you work out the look you want. 
  • Step 5. Measure and cut the stacked stone ends

    Once you’ve dry laid your first row of stacked stone, you’re most likely to have a gap at the end. Measure the space and transfer those measurements to a piece of stacked stone, using your measuring equipment. Now cut stone to size. Then place it in the gap to make sure it fits.

  • Step 6. Mix the adhesive

    Mix the adhesive powder and liquid in a bucket until it’s a toothpaste consistency. Again, make sure you follow the instructions to get the correct ratios.

  • Step 7. Apply silicon to the back of the benchtop

    Remove the dry laid row of stacked stone. Then apply a bead of silicon at the very back of the benchtop. This will help seal the first row of stacked stone to the benchtop. 

  • Step 8. Apply the adhesive

    Take your trowel and spread the first course of adhesive at the bottom of the wall. Apply enough for the first couple of rows of stacked stone. 

  • Step 9. Attach the stacked stone to the adhesive

    Now lay the first row of stacked stone onto the adhesive. Lay from the bottom and work your way up, applying more adhesive to the wall as you go. When making overlaps, don’t worry about lining the joins up perfectly because it generally looks better off-centred. Just lay the stone to look as natural as possible. 

  • Step 10. Cut the top row to size

    When you reach the top, you’re more than likely to have an uneven space left for the final row.  Measure the remaining space height and use an angle grinder to cut the stack stone pieces to size. 

  • Step 11. Lay the top row of stacked stone

    Then lay the final course of stacked stone along the top row. It’s best to apply the adhesive to the back of the stone, rather than to try and trowel it over a small section of wall. Clean up any mess with a sponge and water, and leave the wall to dry.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Angle grinder
  • Bucket
  • Cloths
  • Dust mask
  • Ear muffs
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Safety glasses
  • Set square
  • Sponges
  • Straight edge
  • Tape measure
  • Trowels

Materials

  • Adhesive
  • Icy pole sticks
  • Primer
  • Stacked stone
  • Water
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