When your basic bathroom décor becomes too boring to bear, it’s time to give it a stylish new DIY update, and we’ve got just the project for you.
The sophisticated style a stone bathtub surface captures can completely transform the look of your bathroom and breathe new life into its design. But of course, while traditional stone linings are beautiful, they’re also costly, heavy, and very hard to put together.
Lucky for us, faux stone is here to save the day!
What is Faux Stone Anyway?
Also commonly referred to as airstone, faux stone is a lightweight stone substitute that’s constructed largely from recycled materials. Unlike actual stone, faux stone doesn’t require abstract tools or expert craftsmanship skills to work with. Instead, all you need is a hacksaw to break up the pieces, along with some adhesive and a putty knife to stick it to a surface.
Aside from pairing it with a bathtub, faux stone can also be easily used to create fashionable wall backsplashes, fireplace borders, and embellish any other bare surfaces throughout your home that could use a stone makeover.
Ecofriendly, cost-efficient, and much simpler to handle than real stone, it’s not hard to see why DIY enthusiasts go crazy for this fantastic material.
How to Bring Faux Stone to your Bathtub
The steps for this project are essentially the same process for any faux stone project, though with bathtubs in particularly you will have to make some specific compensations for the rounded shape they naturally sport.
- Faux Stone
- Hack Saw
- Putty Knife
- Construction Adhesive
1. Cut Faux Stone Pieces
Use your hack saw to break up the first pieces of stone you’ll use, and then wait to section out the rest of your pieces until you start sticking them to your tub. This way you can more accurately determine the size of the other faux stone pieces you’ll need as you go.
2. Stick Faux Stone to Tub
Use your putty knife to spread adhesive over to the back of the faux stone pieces you broke off, and then stick them directly onto your tub. Position them as you like, though for a more natural look you’ll want to alternate the seams of your pieces as you lay them.
Apply the faux stone one row at a time so you can accurately monitor your progress and ensure you don’t accidentally create any gaps.
Construction adhesive takes quite some time to dry, so feel free to make adjustments while you work. Your putty knife is an excellent tool to help you peel stone pieces off your tub so you can reapply them elsewhere if necessary.
3. Touch Up Trouble Areas
Bathtubs are usually rounded, so you won’t be able to evenly place your faux stone across its entire surface. Don’t worry though, this isn’t a big deal. Since faux stone is dynamically shaped, with variations between each piece, you can simply grab and apply appropriately shaped pieces as you go to compensate for the depth of the tubs curves.
Once your stone completely covers its intended area, you can wrap up this project by adding a piece of trim or molding to the tub base, refining the new appearance of your tub if desired.
Allow enough time to dry according to the instructions of your chosen adhesive. Once everything is secure, feel free to enjoy the fruits of your labor by taking a dip in your freshly refaced bathtub.