Well, we did it! Some of you might remember we have (well, *I* have) been wanting to update our kitchen island at the cabin. I considered a few options and was shopping around for fabricated stone when I came across AirStone on, what else, Pinterest.
Before I show you the big reveal, here are a few pictures from Airstone’s website:
AirStone gives this small grill a built in look
Love how it breaks up all the wood in this piece
Who would guess this wasn’t real stone?
So here’s our boring, blah kitchen island before AirStone.
And here she is all prettied up and ready for her close up.
If you’ve never heard of AirStone, then you’re probably wondering what it is. Basically, it’s a manufactured stone veneer that has about 80% recycled materials. It’s lighter than real stone (waaaaay lighter) and is eco-friendly, which is a huge plus in my book. Installation is super easy. You need a hacksaw, adhesive and caulking gun, or if you use the adhesive that AirStone sells, you would just need a putty knife to use with their adhesive. We also opted for a workbench to make cutting easier, but it’s not necessary.
At first, I was uncertain about the limited color choices. They only offer two; Spring Creek, which is primarily grey tones, and Autumn Mountain, which is more in the tan family. We opted for Autumn Mountain. I’m happy with the color, but I painted a small piece of leftover stone to see how it looks and yes, it’s totally paintable! I also checked their FAQ’s and they addressed this and recommend concrete stain. It’s good to know that you can customize the colors.
We started by preparing the space, covering the flooring, and setting up the workbench.
It took us about two hours to get to this point. Not bad considering Fisherman looks at everything for 10 minutes before adhering it. You can do it much faster.
Cutting was pretty easy on the first day. We completed the front only on Saturday, then Sunday did the sides. Day two was harder as the hacksaw blade got dull. My advice is have an extra blade handy.
AirStone has three different kinds of stone tiles. Corner tiles like you see below, regular field tiles and edge tiles. We needed all three for this project, but for many projects, like a straight wall for instance that might meet walls on both sides, you will only need the field tiles.
Edited: I decided to remove the chair covers we put on a few months ago. I think the old ones look better and not as ‘busy’.
So there you have it, Phase 1 of our kitchen updates. See the cabinet in the corner without a door? We’re going to take out the middle panel and put some glass in there instead and we will probably do that with the set between the fridge and the oven too. Also, we’re planning on putting some molding above the cabinets, moving the microwave to above the stove and a few other decorative details while we’re at it. Hummmm…maybe some AirStone is in our backsplash’s future? Stay tuned!
What do you think? Would you use this product, and if so, where?