Sunday, August 16, 2009

Deck - Planters (Stone Veneer)

Sunday, August 16

We decided to stone veneer the planter boxes in order to bring a loved element, from the front of the house, to the back. The planters presented a great opportunity to do that and give the deck a different texture.

We started out by covering the planter boxes with roofing felt paper. Then we wrapped it with metal lath, which will give the mortar something to grab onto. We stapled it all in place with a Slapshot Hammer Carpet Stapler. It's basically a stapler that you would use like a hammer and whack the area you want stapled. It's fuuun to use :)

We decided to stone veneer the entire side of the one planter, before putting it in place as it will be mostly behind the bench from the main deck. So my Mom and I mixed up some mortar and started spreading some onto the planter, starting with the bottom and corners.

We had no idea what we were doing at first then learned pretty quickly. We learned that when applying the stone veneer, it's best to keep the stones moist, then "butter' the back with mortar and stick that sucker on. And another thing we learned is it's awful to do it on a ridiculously hot, in the upper 80's/ 90's, day when it's humid. It takes the stones a little time to stick when it's so humid.

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