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San Franciscan Basement - Left side.JPG
 

San Franciscan Basement - Left side.JPG



Took a good stab at laying the stone for the San Franciscan's basement yesterday. I'm using some Andi Mini stone I had in my stash.. do I love it for this project?... mmm.. jury is out.. but the price was right and it saved a lot of time on making egg carton stones.. I'm not in love with the colour of these stones, they are a bit pink for my liking... I'm wondering if I can do a paint wash over them to tone them down? Thoughts?

This is the left side or "low" side. That's one big stone wall. :D 

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Looks great to me.  I have never heard of those stones, I need to look into them.  Are they already made.  I agree the egg carton ones take a long time.

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15 minutes ago, Beulah said:

Looks great to me.  I have never heard of those stones, I need to look into them.  Are they already made.  I agree the egg carton ones take a long time.

Thanks Joanne :) , yes they are ready made. They are made of plaster and come with great colour variation and texture. The one down side is that because they are a rigid product you can't wrap them around corners, like you would with egg carton, which takes away a bit of the realism.. but I guess the corner areas are easily disguised with landscaping, moss, vines, etc.. 

If you do a google search on "Andi Mini Brick and Stone" you will find them at a lot of the big online stores... word of warning, they are not usually cheap unless you can find them on sale or use a coupon code. But they have fairly good coverage. It took about three bags of them to do my basement and I have quite a few left overs. 

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Wow, beautiful.  I just love this stone it's so easy to work with.   I used it on my chimney on the BH.  Maybe, the color won't be so pinkish once you paint the house and do the landscaping.  I think right now it's just looks a little overwhelming because that is all you are focused on.  I know mine toned down a lot after I painted my house and put up the trim work. 

I grouted mine and I noticed that when I tried to clean the grout off the stones with a wet rag, it kind of softened the hard texture on the face of the stone and muted the color.  It was fine after it dried, so don't rub too hard on it with a wet rag.  You might want to do some testing on it if you are going to grout it.

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3 hours ago, 1martinimomma said:

Wow, beautiful.  I just love this stone it's so easy to work with.   I used it on my chimney on the BH.  Maybe, the color won't be so pinkish once you paint the house and do the landscaping.  I think right now it's just looks a little overwhelming because that is all you are focused on.  I know mine toned down a lot after I painted my house and put up the trim work. 

I grouted mine and I noticed that when I tried to clean the grout off the stones with a wet rag, it kind of softened the hard texture on the face of the stone and muted the color.  It was fine after it dried, so don't rub too hard on it with a wet rag.  You might want to do some testing on it if you are going to grout it.

Thanks Colleen... I agree that it will change after grouting.. I'm going to seal it first to protect it from my vigorous rubbing. :D

I've been trying some colour swatches of washes over it anyway and I think I've come up with something I like better anyway. Painting the house wont help, it's staying white. :) But landscaping etc. will. 

 

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This is coming along amazingly well and I love everything about it.  Love the stone and all your photos.  thank you so much for posting your progress.

 

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54 minutes ago, Emerald said:

This is coming along amazingly well and I love everything about it.  Love the stone and all your photos.  thank you so much for posting your progress.

 

Thanks Linda! :D
 

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