A lot of you have been asking me what color I’m going to paint the actual island. I’m guessing there are a handful of people that are worried that I was going to leave it as plywood since I recently wrote this post. But… YOU’RE ALL WRONG! I actually first considered beadboard to add some texture. But that’s a little trendy for me, and I don’t really care for the ‘country’ vibe it gives off. It just ain’t me.
So! Ever since I saw this awesome stone accent wall (by my friend Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely), I’ve been secretly looking for a place to use this product in my own home. And after standing back and looking at my plywood with decorative corbels, it hit me like a ton of bricks AirStone.
This stuff looks and feels exactly like natural stone… but it’s 75% lighter. And 100% easier to install.
This stone is made out of recycled material, and is poured into molds that are cast from actual rock. We just used the pre-mixed bucket o’adhesive, slapped a layer on the back of each ‘stone’ with a putty knife, and pressed into place.
Each ‘stone’ is 2” or 4” in height, with lengths of 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12”, so things fit together really easily. The hardest part is trying to be ‘purposefully random’.
The corner pieces are my favorite… it’s like they thought of everything!
There is some cutting involved, especially if you have to go around things (like my corbels), but you don’t even need to use a power tool! You can just use a simple hack saw. To keep the ‘dust’ to a minimum, Nick went out to the garage to use the band saw or grinder each time I needed one cut. He’s a dear, because getting up from sitting on the floor is no small task these days.
What do you think?! SO FANCY!
Me thinks I’m going to need to give the rest of the kitchen some TLC so it will all flow… cause right now everything but the island looks a little homeless. The backsplash definitely isn’t working anymore. And I have plans to extend the cabinets up to the ceiling… among other things. Muahaha!
Next week, I’ll be back to show you what I used as the countertop! Till then, have an amahhhzing weekend!
Disclaimer! We reached out to AirStone and they were delighted to partner with us on this project. While we were provided with free product, we were not compensated monetarily. We just genuinely love their product!!