Improve Your Kitchen With a DIY Stacked Stone Project

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Most people spend a lot of time in the kitchen. For some, it’s just wandering through looking for food or drink. For others, it’s preparing and cooking food for family and friends. In many houses, the kitchen is considered the best place to hang out. Whatever the case, you want a kitchen to be inviting. You want it to say, "Come in. Stay awhile." It shouldn’t just be the place everyone gathers for food; it should be an extension of your home, a welcoming room with the same feel as the rest of your house. When it’s functional, it’s a bit hard to remember that the kitchen, too, needs updating. Sometimes, just a few small changes can create a whole new atmosphere. One of the easiest addition projects without building anything is to use stacked stone.

A Backsplash

Changing the backsplash in a kitchen can upgrade the whole look. It can brighten a dreary room, or tone down a light one. A backsplash can give just the right amount of color or oomph, without going overboard. Stacked stone is ideal because it comes in many different colors and sizes, so you can match it to colors already in the kitchen, or you can use the stones to choose colors for new d├ęcor. It’s important to choose the right size for the style of your kitchen. You don’t want too large of stones so that they overwhelm the kitchen, but you also don’t want them to be so small they’re unnoticeable. With so many options and colors, it’s important to do some research before you decide.

Decorative Wall

Another way to use stacked stone in the kitchen is building a decorative wall. No, you don’t actually have to build a wall, but if you have a plain wall, you can dress it up with stacked stones to make it a more interesting visual. Covering the entire wall with stone creates a whole new vibe to a kitchen. It brings a bit of the outdoors in, and can give the room a fresh, warm feeling—kind of like baking in the sun.

Cabinet Bases

Maybe you don’t like the idea of a whole wall, but having the stacked stones in a noticeable place captivates your imagination. How about half a wall or the base of the cabinets? If you have an island or a bar counter, covering the sides with stacked stone would create a new look. It would be as though the counters themselves were built upon the rock. The rustic look could be transferred throughout the room with simple touches of color and texture.

Once you have your project in mind, what comes next? Stacked stone is an easy do-it-yourself project. There are a couple ways to approach it, depending on how skilled you are at building projects. First you’ll need to decide if you want to use real stone or faux stone panels. Real stone tiles are heavy, so building with them will require cement board backing on the wall, as well as on the stones to make sure they hold. Remember to stagger the seams as you place the tiles. Each tile will have stones staggered within the group, but you don’t want all the edges matching up. You will need a heavy-duty water saw in order to cut the real stone tiles to the sizes you need. The other option is to use faux stone. These panels replicate the look and feel of real stone, but they are lightweight and easy to install. With interlocking pieces, you just fit them together and screw them into place.

Using stacked stone creates the warm, inviting feel you want to welcome guests into your kitchen. It changes the look of your kitchen, and—even better—you can accomplish it yourself.

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Home improvement blogger Kyle Wright wrote this article and aims to encourage DIY home improvement with materials like Norstone USA Stacked Stone.

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