How to Install a Cobblestone Wall Veneer
A cobblestone wall veneer is a pattern, almost like wallpaper, which can be applied to outside masonry to give the impression that the item has been built of stone. For example, the end of a wall may have a veneer applied to it so that it resembles the brickwork of the house. Installing a cobblestone wall veneer is not a very easy task, but it is much easier than installing a real cobblestone wall. Whether you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer, or a beginner with a few basic stills, follow some simple steps to add a cobblestone wall veneer and get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Step 1 - Prepare the Wall
Clean off the wall where the cobblestone veneer will be fitted. Take a brush with rigid bristles, and sweep off the top and sides of the wall where you will be working. Take care to sweep out any debris from the caulking around the wall. You should also make sure that any weeds or grass are removed from the wall and the surrounding area, so that you reduce the risk of root damage to your wall.
Step 2 - Make the Cement
Your cobblestone veneer may come with instructions on making up a batch of cement, but if not, just purchase some ordinary cement mix from your local home improvement store. Place this in a mixing pot, adding water until you have a paste. The paste should not be too runny, so if it seems a bit liquid, you have probably added too much water, and need to add more cement powder to even up the batch.
Step 3 - Add the Veneer to the Wall
Once you have made up the batch of cement, start applying it to the wall. Put the cement on using a trowel, and try to make it as even as possible. Only apply a small amount of cement at any one time, enough to support each piece of veneer. Let the cement dry for about 20 minutes, and then apply your layer of veneer. Push each piece of the wall covering onto the cement as hard as you can, and hold it there until the cement begins to dry around it. You should then move on to the next piece, until the veneer covers the wall.
Step 4 - Finishing the Cobblestone Wall Veneer
Once the cement has dried, you can remove any excess using a damp sponge. Apply a layer of caulk around the edges of each veneer, so that they are fully protected against water damage. Check that there are no cracks or gaps in the cement. Return to the wall a few days after you have applied the veneer, to make sure that the cement has remained stuck firmly to the wall. You can add a layer of varnish to the veneer at this point, should you choose to do so.