Faux Stone Tub (Bathroom Makeover Phase 2)

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$90
2 Hours
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I must admit that I was SUPER intimidated to do this project. I've seen it around online and had to try it, but I felt like I was going to royally mess it up. With some logistical help and elbow grease from my dear sweet husband, we got this project done, and it wasn't near as painful as I thought it would be. I feel like this tub makeover screams,"Welcome to the spa! (minus my horrible floor--haha!)"


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BEFORE: We just have a plain jane tub that is in serious need of re-caulking on the inside by the walls. I always have my shower curtain closed but I figure now that my tub looks so spa-like, it will get me motivated to re-caulk, so I'm not so anal about the shower curtain being closed all the time. And yes, I know my floor looks disgusting -- no amount of scrubbing or bleach will make my bathroom tile look clean, so we have decided to gut it next summer (hallelujah!!!).

SUPPLIES:

- Box of Airstone (IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not make the mistake I made and grab a random box of Airstone in the color you want. I initially picked up a box, brought it home, opened it and realized it was all corner pieces! Needless to say I had to return the heavy box the next day for the correct box. There are 2 colors available: Autumn Mountain which is a palette of browns and creams, and Spring Creek, which is the grey palette I decided on. You can also choose between a natural edge stone or the flat edge stone. I chose the flat edge stone.)


- Airstone adhesive (ALSO VERY IMPORTANT! The tube comes in interior or exterior. Since I used it in a high-moisture area, they recommended I use exterior adhesive.)The adhesive only comes in a 28 oz. tube


You can buy some of the tools I used at Home Depot:


*Additional note about Airstone products: You can find these products at Lowe's. Home Depot does NOT carry them.

STEP 1 (optional but highly recommended):

Lay out the pattern First, Rob helped me figure out how the stones were going to be placed on the side of the tub. He arranged the different shades and sizes, and I okay'd or nay'd his arrangement. I highly recommend doing this to save yourself stress and a headache. We measured our tub and taped off my work table to lay them out. Keep in mind that you will most likely have to cut some stones, so it's okay if your end stones go past your mark.

STEP 2:

Apply adhesive Next, using a 29 oz. caulk gun, I applied the Airstone adhesive to the back of the stones. This was a pain for me because I have no upper body strength, so Rob took over once he came home from work and the rest of the project was a breeze after that!

STEP 3:

Spread adhesive and attach stones After I applied the adhesive to the back of the stones, I spread it with a putty knife. *Note: if you have a curve on the side of your tub like I do, don't fret--just add extra adhesive to the part of the stone that will be laid over the gaps.

Next, I firmly pressed the stones on to the side of the tub. I made sure to put them as close as possible together and stayed with the pattern Rob and I had mapped out in the beginning. I literally did one row at a time, taking them from my work desk to the bathroom as a set so that I wouldn't mess the pattern up.

STEP 4:

Cut excess You can do this step as you go, or you can wait and cut all of your end pieces once the rest of your tub is covered with stone. I measured the empty space on each row of stone on the side of my tub just to double check of the length the stone needed to be, then I had Rob cut them with a hack saw.

Make sure to cut in a straight line (it's not hard to cut the stones but the trick is cutting straight).

Here is the final result! I'm really pleased with how this project came out and what a difference it makes in my tiny bathroom. I may go back and finish off the top of the stone with a piece of PVC trim but haven't decided 100% on that yet; another option would be to buy a tube of caulk the same shade as your tub and caulk the top of your stone. Now to re-caulk the inside of the tub so I can have my shower curtain open! *Note: the stones should cure for 24-48 hours according to the adhesive tube.

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  • Dmp2735736 Dmp2735736 on Dec 10, 2016
    What type of material is the tub?
  • Melbrooks Melbrooks on Dec 10, 2016
    Do they recommend any sealer on the stones?
    • Nope not at all--just the stones and the adhesive...and if you need to cut them to fit your space, a hacksaw.
    • Glenda Glenda on Dec 10, 2016
      Some sealers enhance the stone dramatically. I would recommend Aquamix. Amazon has it.
    • Pai15717637 Pai15717637 on Mar 08, 2017
      I used Valspar water based and put three coats on it for a backsplash in my basement kitchen and it looks great and cleans easily. Follow the directions, no smell like lacquer!
  • Tom Milwicz Tom Milwicz on Dec 10, 2016
    You have created a great medium for the growth of mold and mildew if you have not grouted and sealed the bricks. One of the reasons commodes, sinks and bathtubs are smooth finished is to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Have you done anything the prevent mold and mildew growth?
    • Joe Pruett Joe Pruett on Dec 10, 2016
      That's the first thing I thought of too. But I wonder if a periodic spritz with a Clorox or chlorine solution might mitigate this?
    • Allison Erhardt Allison Erhardt on Dec 10, 2016
      I have a raw stone edge in my shower and I just give it a scrub every week or so with an old kitchen brush. It's fine. It's five and a half years old.
    • Allison Erhardt Allison Erhardt on Dec 10, 2016
      Stone in photo below.
    • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Dec 10, 2016
      I think that you may be confusing Airstone with real stone. Airstone is a manufactured stone-like substance. Here's a FAQ from the Airstone web-site: Is it OK to use AirStone INSIDE a shower? Technically, it’s fine if AirStone gets wet (of course! It’s approved for outdoor use!). HOWEVER, we probably would not recommend it for INSIDE a shower considering that you shouldn’t use harsh cleansers and stiff scrub brushes that are commonly used to clean shower areas. The constant build-up of soap residue and all the nooks and crannies on AirStone could make it difficult to keep it clean. Plus mold could build up behind the stone, which isn’t a problem when it’s outside. So it appears that while it will resist mold & mildew on the surface, behind the stone is where one would need to be concerned. That being said, the installation that was done here should be just fine because unless they bathe and shake off like dogs with the shower curtain open or outside of the tub, there should be minimal behind the stones moisture.
    • Tim Tim on Dec 10, 2016
      I agree , I did this awhile back for someone who lives in a mobile home . It was done over 3 years ago . Still looks great , no smell or sign of mold . what you have done looks wonderful
    • Danielle Roberts Danielle Roberts on Dec 10, 2016
      spray it with a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 peroxide. It will kill any mo;d.
    • Gwenda Gwenda on Dec 10, 2016
      Although bleach is a very common household cleaner, it is still a very harsh chemical. Also, it will bleach mold and mildew, but will not kill it. The only thing that will kill black mold and other molds is lysol. That is what professionals use charging $100 of your wasted dollars so they are Not going to tell you that. By the way the stuff they use in your attack to kill stuff is 7 dust. LOL Save your money.
    • Tom Milwicz Tom Milwicz on Dec 10, 2016
      As a person in real estate, I have personally seen the effects of mold and mildew growth in small nooks and crannies in homes. Some of these issues have caused the loss of a property sale, and in some instances cost thousands of damage in remediation costs. In September I had one large estate property where a guest house of 2,400 square feet needed to be demolished due to mold, mildew, and toxic mushroom growth. Several years ago in a large upscale condo, I discovered mold and mildew growth because a toxic mushroom breached the wallcovering. This discovery had a cost to cure of $38,000. I am in Southern California where our humidity is very low, and we still find huge amounts of infected properties, it is safe to say that at least 25% of the properties in my area exhibit signs of mold and mildew infection. Mold and mildew are serious building and health problems especially in humid areas such as Florida; I highly recommend treating the stone with a mold and mildew coatings such as MX3 or something recommended in Florida, these coatings are clear and will not change the look of the stone.
    • Cindy Cindy on Dec 10, 2016
      Best thing to do with all tile and natural stone is to deep clean and seal it every six months. That keeps ithe icky stuff away and makes it easier for normal sweeping and mopping.
    • Tom Milwicz Tom Milwicz on Dec 10, 2016
      Sorry I thought you were in Florida, please substitute Mastic Beach, NY for the word Florida. I did live in NY for 30 years and know of the new York humidity first hand. I also know Mastic Beach and its humidity due to it being surrounded on 3 sides by water from the bay. My best friend has lived in Baldwin Harbor and the same humid conditions as you. Good luck.
    • Anna Anna on Dec 10, 2016
      Everyone has brought such valuable information to the table here. All so true, & the kinda stuff the average person knows nothing about; so this is awesome. I'm feeling compelled to add to this wealth of knowledge, being a 3rd gen real estate agent & property flipper myself. I've seen mold problems utterly destroy people's health & their lives, financially. If people were simply "aware", it would not be so. Your best bet would be to grout & seal your tiles then # 1 in my opinion DAP the crap out of it (you call it caulk) . Heck, you could pretty much cover that whole bathroom with ANYTHING hard... as long as you seal it up tight. But regardless, the devastating mold problems, that these educated people are referring to, are unlikely to stem from a small project like this. That type of devastation is usually something you're not aware of. A small, very slow, leak, drip, behind the wall. Somewhere warm, think, large alliances, water heater, washer/dryer, heater/air conditioner. Bottom-line, have fun, & never fear wet projects, just DAP, DAP, DAP. & ALWAYS stay on top of your plumbing:)
    • RichandTammy Whiteside RichandTammy Whiteside on Dec 11, 2016
      Anna, you may be in real estate but you should consider advertising! "Just DAP the crap out of it!" Very very catchy, lol!
    • Thanks for all of your suggestions and feedback. The manufacturer of the product I used (in this case, AirStone), did not suggest using any type of caulk/sealant; however, I will be adding trim to the top of the stone to prevent water from getting into the crevices.
  • Joe Pruett Joe Pruett on Dec 10, 2016
    Do you think you'll need to redo this when you take out the floor tile in the future for the floor redo?
    • Kathy Kathy on Dec 10, 2016
      Yes
    • Lisa Lisa on Dec 10, 2016
      Yep, they do make stuff for really icky grout, I have used toilet bowl gel cleaner, or call a professional
    • Kathie Kathie on Dec 10, 2016
      Save money on the tile by painting the grout! It is an amazing transformation and holds up beautifully!
    • I would think we could either just take the bottom row out...or we may just gut the whole bathroom and this is a temporary solution. I've seen a lot of comments about painting the grout or re-grouting altogether so those are some solutions I'll discuss with Rob as well.
  • Auntie Auntie on Dec 10, 2016
    What hazards have you encountered while climbing in and out. A vision of bloody shins comes to mind.
  • Linda Barrett Dirksen Linda Barrett Dirksen on Dec 10, 2016
    About cleaning or saving your floor....have you tried vinegar and baking soda? Pour on the vinegar, just enough to set floor, then scrub with a mop. Let sit for 5-10 mins, scrub a d rinse several times. If it comes clean, seal the grout when dry. If not paint the grout lines with coordinating craft paint and seal! New bathroom. How difficult is it to clean the stone?
    • Thanks for those tips Linda!! I haven't cleaned the stones yet but I would imagine spot cleaning and/or wiping with a wet rag will be fine. They feel and appear identical to real stone.
  • Cathy Cathy on Dec 10, 2016
    No question - but I used Miracle Method for my floor instead of gutting - very pleased with results. Used to have ugly yellow tile - and now a nice gray.
    • Bib8012398 Bib8012398 on Dec 10, 2016
      What is miracle method? Can you use it on interior shower wall tile? I need to cover hideous brown and orange Starburst kind of 70 ' s nightmarish tile. It's in perfect condition but sooooo ugly!
    • Sfk Sfk on Dec 10, 2016
      We put miracle method over the tile in both our small baths and love the look! Very durable.
    • Bonnie Bonnie on Dec 10, 2016
      What is miracle method?
    • Cathy Cathy on Dec 10, 2016
      It's a painting bonding technique. Miracle method.com is the best way to answer your Question.
    • I'll definitely look this up!! Thank you!
  • Ann Ann on Dec 10, 2016
    Have you considered painting your tile? I have seen posts where people have painted tile? Good luck. Like the looks of the tub, I'd want to do the whole tub surround with it now.
    • San8472345 San8472345 on Dec 10, 2016
      I painted my tile and tub about 12 years ago no problems. I painted "stones on the outside and a pond with fish on the inside for my grandkids. Sealed it with epoxy. On the tile I painted a mural and sealed it with no problems. Go for it!!
    • I've seen a lot of people commenting about painting the grout--I'd love to stencil the tile but thus far, I haven't won over Rob on that idea.
  • Cat6118819 Cat6118819 on Dec 10, 2016
    Cost of project supplies please
  • Maureen Buckley White Maureen Buckley White on Dec 10, 2016
    How much weight does the airstone add to the tub?
    • Jan Losh Jan Losh on Dec 10, 2016
      We just installed airstone on a wall behind a wood stove and were pleasantly surprised at how light it is compared to other similar products.
    • Not sure but bc AirStone is made from 60% of recycled materials, it makes it 75% lighter than real stone and 50% lighter than manufactured concrete stone (according to their website). Another fun fact: one box of AirStone is made from 6 recycled wine bottles.
  • Patricia Downs Patricia Downs on Dec 11, 2016
    Where did you get the shower curtain? I love it!!!
  • Sharon E Sharon E on Dec 11, 2016
    Can I use the mosaic tile around the bathtub?
    • Ehhh I'm by no means an expert on tile so I would definitely ask a professional in that field. I would think it would be ok if using the right adhesive and on a sufficient surface (the tub being made out of a certain material) but again, I can't say that with 100% confidence. I think it'd look awesome though if it is possible!
  • Diane Schule Diane Schule on Dec 11, 2016
    This looks great! What kind of floor do you plan to put in next year? Are you going to change the tiling in the tub surround, too?
    • Gib6732847 Gib6732847 on Dec 11, 2016
      All you have to do is paint the grout lines. It makes your floor look like new.
    • Donna Crosland Donna Crosland on Dec 11, 2016
      there is a post somewhere on how to paint your grout. It looked great and clean and would be an easy project until you replace your floor.
    • My husband wants to do subway tile in the shower but not sure about the floor yet...we just know we want something different. I like the idea of stenciling the floor but he's not crazy about the idea. I've also seen many comments on suggestions of painting the grout or re-grouting altogether which are possibilities as well.
  • Sheryl Stahlnecker Sheryl Stahlnecker on Dec 11, 2016
    How can you clean this?
    • According to the website: AirStone can be easily cleaned with warm water and a soft-bristled brush. Do not power-wash AirStone. Acid cleaners, bleach, paint remover or concrete cleaners should never be used on AirStone.
  • JustMe JustMe on Dec 12, 2016
    Now that the airstone is in place, how will you replace the floor and wall tiles that are beneath the airstone?
    • The AirStone may just be a temporary thing for now as Rob is considering gutting the entire bathroom. However, if there's a way for us to just remove the bottom row, I imagine we'd do that as we had a good bit of stone leftover.
    • Terry Meek Terry Meek on Dec 26, 2016
      There are also companies who come in, tape and cover other parts that aren't going to be resurfaced and then they use a spray technique that adds a coating to make the tub like new and a different color if you like. You'll save money by just replacing the tub with an enclosure molded, new toilet and sink. All baths need to be replaced sooner or later. I had a condo once that had an old, old kitchen with a green stove, dark beige refrigerator and chipped cabinets, a sink that was disgusting etc. I called a company that resurfaced kitchens and they walled off the whole room and sprayed everything!! Later the cabinets were shiny white, the green oven was white enamel and the fridge was white enamel. looked beautiful and clean!
  • Kathleen Duggan-Beier Kathleen Duggan-Beier on Dec 17, 2016
    Does this work on a molded acrylic tub that is not completely flat?
    • I'm honestly not sure about an acrylic tub--I would suggest visiting AirStone's website to check. As far as it not being completely flat, our tub isn't completely flat either but we compensated by adding more adhesive to the back of the stones that weren't going to fit flush against the tub.
  • Hen12947406 Hen12947406 on Dec 26, 2016
    Hey, if the tub is bad on the inside what do you do? The white is coming up and it is rusting inside.
    • Valerie Walker Castanza Valerie Walker Castanza on Dec 26, 2016
      You might check on getting it reglazed.
    • Mary Mary on Dec 26, 2016
      As part of our bathroom remodel we had our old tub refinished. About $425 by a professional and done in under 3 hours. It's beautiful and has a non-slip finish on the bottom. You cannot replace a big old cast iron tub for that.
    • Maybe try the tub and tile painting kit?
    • Ruth Parsons Ruth Parsons on Dec 26, 2016
      Tubs made for mobile home are shorter too. Some 54". Home Depot has them.
    • Hen12947406 Hen12947406 on Dec 26, 2016
      Thank you so much I'm going ask my son to try it for .
    • Aquila Aquila on Jan 06, 2017
      Please use caution in getting the tub reglazed--my advice would be --just get another tub--We had ours done--it lasted 1 year had the guy come back--lasted another six months--Never again will we do this--IT DOES NOT LAST LONG AT ALL----
    • Jill Panicco Jill Panicco on Apr 02, 2017
      I had a tub deglazed in a rental property 9 years ago and it still looks good right up to today!
  • Nan5449037 Nan5449037 on Dec 26, 2016
    your bathroom is as tiny as mine! Where did you get the small tub?
    • Patricia Patricia on Dec 26, 2016
      try a mobile home supplier. Theirs are smaller than regular tubs. For elderly people, I have about a 4-6 inch lip on the shower so I don't have to step over the higher edge of the regular tub. Since I only use it to shower, it's perfect for me.
    • The tub came with the house when we moved in.
    • Barbara Buell Barbara Buell on Jan 08, 2017
      Reline your tub. This is a professional job, but well worth it.
  • Vicki Fischer Vicki Fischer on Jan 04, 2017
    What did you do about the bottom of the tub, where it recesses inward? There would be a space where you couldn't glue it, as I see it.
  • Jennifer Anderson Jennifer Anderson on Jan 14, 2017
    What if you have one of those all fiberglass tub surrounds...could you do this to all walls around the tub taking them to the ceiling???
  • Holly Selk Holly Selk on Jan 26, 2017
    Would you consider doing the bathroom walls about the came height as the tub surround. Or would you need the install a special bonding board behind the faux rock.
  • Patricia Downs Patricia Downs on Jan 29, 2017
    Where did you get the shower curtain at? love it!!!
  • SUSAN SUSAN on Mar 08, 2017
    what about moisture in bathroom wouldnt that looosen it??
  • Julia Julia on Mar 08, 2017
    How difficult will the stones be to keep clean?
  • M. M.. M. M.. on Mar 08, 2017
    Will the porosity of the airstone pieces encourage mold/mildew to grow?
    • I haven't seen any mold or mildew thus far and mine has been up for several month.
    • Karenia Tarolli Karenia Tarolli on Apr 24, 2017
      Those stones are made for exterior use
    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on May 18, 2017
      If the top row of stones has been caulked, that should keep moisture out and mold and mildew out. When the whole project is finished, then all crevices will be caulked and sealed and moisture shouldn't be a problem in this bathroom. Best wishes!
  • Sally A Koelling Sally A Koelling on Apr 06, 2017
    I fell in love! I am going to try this on our drab tub! Thanks so much for the inspiration.
  • Chris Chris on May 04, 2017
    can airstones be used outside

  • Amanda Amanda on May 26, 2017
    Where did you get your shower curtain?
  • Darlene M Darlene M on Jun 22, 2017
    Could you put it on plywood and use trim around so that it's not directly attached to the tub?
    • PruBelle PruBelle on Jul 09, 2017
      I LOVE THIS!!!
      I'm curious about this, too. I want re-do my fireplace, but I want it to be able to go back the traditional look, too. I've been debating about putting these faux stones on plywood and "leaning" it up against my existing ugly fireplace. Then when I sell my house, if they don't like it, they can pull down and the other one is still there (easily and non-destructive is the key). I'm loving this post, waiting to see other's questions and answers. Looking for help on similar project.
    • C C on Aug 22, 2017
      Not too sure about leaning this against your fireplace. Afraid it would be top heavy and have a tendency to fall. Think you would have to figure out a way to attach it with maybe right angle hooks that could be turned down over the top edge of the plywood?
    • C C on Aug 22, 2017
      I like the fact that you posted the TOTAL COST. Wish others would always do that. I was afraid of this project due to the cost but now that I know how much it will cost to do, I just may try it. Thanks
  • Beverly Kirkpatrick Beverly Kirkpatrick on Jul 10, 2017
    Could this be used in kitchen for a backsplash?
    • I would double check the manufacturer's website to ensure it can be adhered to Sheetrock (I'm 99.99% sure people have used on Sheetrock before) but I believe that would look nice!
    • Beverly Kirkpatrick Beverly Kirkpatrick on Jul 10, 2017
      Thank you so much.
    • Judy Ludens Judy Ludens on Jul 13, 2017
      if you put it in the kitchen would it be hard to keep clean?

    • Jim Smith Jim Smith on Aug 18, 2017
      DO NOT put it on drywall. The paper will get wet and pull away from the plaster. Do not glue it on either.
      Put up a 1/4" cement board and cement to that. Put up 7/16" plywood and glue to that or tear off the drywall and then due either one.
      You can also glue it to the cement board.
    • Gordon Gordon on Aug 22, 2017
      Air Stone will absolutely adhere to dry wall. We have had it as a back splash in our kitchen for at least 2 years without an issue. We used the Airstone adhesive that comes in a small plastic bucket which has limited moisture and had no impact on the dry wall paper. Also put it around a kitchen island directly on wood paneling. Easy to do and looks great!!
  • Harry Steel Harry Steel on Aug 22, 2017
    Would work inside the Tub/Shower enclosure? Perhaps even on TOP of the existing tiles? We're talking a household that averages 4-5 showers daily.
  • Cnt12261505 Cnt12261505 on Aug 22, 2017
    I love how it all came together! The Airstone is a beautiful color and draws your eyes in. Off topic... where did you find your shower curtain? I have a very small bathroom with Jack/Jill doors, your curtain looks like it would open the space up more and the white will make it not so closed off.
  • ELI11003554 ELI11003554 on Aug 22, 2017
    What is the first strip on the floor before you glued the bricks?
    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Aug 22, 2017
      It looks like in my bathroom, a piece of quarter round, a strip of wood trim just to finish off the bottom edge and the floor tile. She doesn't say if she removed it or not. I never thought about Airstone but that would look good in my bathroom. We have all "gold" trim hardware that is currently out of fashion, but which would be the best choice with our stone-look tile and the brown Airstone. Thanks for this great model! Best wishes 😇
    • Trudi Vecchione Trudi Vecchione on Aug 22, 2017
      She spoke of a curve on her tub. This looks like the bottom is an indented part of the tub, which then curves outward a little and up. She said she added extra adhesive, I'm thinking to take up the gap of the bottom row in order to make it even from bottom to top.
    • I'm not sure what strip you're talking about…? Can you elaborate?








    • Gkm22738697 Gkm22738697 on Sep 21, 2017
      the bottom of the tub was indented but the bricks look flat going up. What happened to the indent??

    • Denise Perry Shalifoe Denise Perry Shalifoe on Sep 22, 2017
      She said she added an extra thick layer of adhesive to the back of the bottom row.

  • Brn19899424 Brn19899424 on Aug 22, 2017
    Did one box of air stone do the whole tub or did you need a second box?
  • Gkm22738697 Gkm22738697 on Sep 21, 2017
    What happens when you have to remove the front panel of the tub? you've covered it all up. I had to remove mine when it started leaking and wrecked the ceiling downstairs. I just unscrewed the panel and reclamped a hose.
    • Denise Perry Shalifoe Denise Perry Shalifoe on Sep 22, 2017
      Her tub isn't jetted. It's just a standard one piece tub.
    • Not sure about all that--my only logical answer is Rob is a builder so I don't think he would have approved this project had it been an interference with future maintenance.
    • Bobbie Randolph-Mounce Bobbie Randolph-Mounce on Nov 12, 2017
      That is a one piece tub, You have to remove the entire tub the front doesn't come off.
    • Shelly Clemmons Shelly Clemmons on Jan 01, 2018
      Most of the time plumbing has an access panels installed someplace so you would not need to remove the tub should a leak develop - you would access the pipes and srains via the access panel usually located on a wall area opposite the front of the tub.
  • Carol Carol on Oct 08, 2017
    Is airstone waterproof? I love what you have done but I'm building a tiny cabin and it will have a large shower instead of a tub--will this work on the walls?
    • Shelly Clemmons Shelly Clemmons on Jan 01, 2018
      Airstone is waterproofas it can be used outsude as well as inside BUT be sure and get the EXTERIOR grade adhesive as it is needed to handle moisture.
    • Pai15717637 Pai15717637 on Jan 01, 2018
      I used Valspar Matt finish using 4 coats so it gave me a better finish for my backsplash and fireplace. It brought the color out and made it easier to wipe down.
    • Beth Jenkins Sowell Beth Jenkins Sowell on Jan 02, 2018
      it is waterproof!
  • Suzanne Suzanne on Jan 01, 2018
    How will you get the tiles out from under where the brick sits at the bottom of the tub without damaging your new work? Or, you could also consider just re-coloring the grout to a light color to avoid damaging the bricks.....I don’t think your current floor looks that bad......it’s the dark grout that outdates it. Maybe a very light gray.
  • Becky Beaton Becky Beaton on Jan 01, 2018
    I have the same bathroom floor and saw a fix to prepare tiles for painting and sealing. Has anyone tried this? I actually like the 1” sq. tile but want it shiny white like subway tile. Has anyone done this.
  • Sheila Sheila on Jan 05, 2018
    How would recommend doing the stone on a tub with a step? around the step and the bottom, where you step out?
  • Alicia Thatsme Alicia Thatsme on Jan 10, 2018
    OMG! I love it! You did a great job! I've been looking for something to cover my ugly tub with! Can this be used over the top of the tubs edge?

  • Suzanne Huff Suzanne Huff on Mar 15, 2018

    That is so beautiful and fun looking.. My whole Bathroom is Rock .. Literally rocks, we live in a rock cabin. and I want to do something to my tub to offset the rock maybe soften up the 2 rock walls .. lol any ideas?

    thanks Suzi

  • Sandi Shore Gaona Sandi Shore Gaona on Apr 23, 2018

    Why didn’t You run it all the way to the top? I’m going to do this for sure but wanted to go all the way up!! FANTASTIC IDEA, and just what I need. Thank You.

  • Sandi Shore Gaona Sandi Shore Gaona on Apr 23, 2018

    Why didn’t You run it all the way to the top? I’m going to do this for sure but wanted to go all the way up!! FANTASTIC IDEA, and just what I need. Thank You.

    • Nancy Sterling Briscoe Nancy Sterling Briscoe on Sep 21, 2018

      It would hurt for a child to crawl in.

    • Jeanette Kent Jeanette Kent on Sep 30, 2018

      I think that the edge if the bath overlaps the rough stones so if you were to try to "run the stones all the way to the top" then the side of your bath would have a lip. Secondly, I think it would be very rough and water might get between the stones and the side of the bath and thirdly, I think the top edge, when viewed from the top (while you're stepping into the bath( would look very ugly. Anyway, that's my take on the reasons why she hasn't gone right to the top. Regards.

  • Rebecca McCombs Rebecca McCombs on Apr 28, 2018

    the Inside of my tub cracked what can I do to fix it

    • Robin Temple Chastain Robin Temple Chastain on Jun 18, 2018

      It’s ugly bit flex seal works for a repair.

    • Marissa Eileen Binnebose Marissa Eileen Binnebose on Jul 18, 2018

      try bondo and then paint

    • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Sep 21, 2018

      Depends on the kind of tub. If you use bondo it’s going to crack again from flex. If it’s fiberglass use fiberglass resin repair like for boats. Sand the tub make a “canyon” to fill and for the fibers to join across. And the rest is like body work on a car/boat. Get it smooth and paint.

    • Carole Carole on Oct 07, 2018

      Buy a tub insert..

    • Joyceawhitt Joyceawhitt on Oct 12, 2018

      You may need to remove it just to be sure that there is no water damage or mold under the tub. Had friends with the same problem, but her landlord replaced the tub because of the rotten board s

    • Janis wright Janis wright on Oct 14, 2018

      I repaired the crack with hi density spray foam then sanded the area smooth. Next we patched the area with fiberglass. Then i changed the color of the tub with a kit purchased at Home Depot. It isnt as nice as a new tub but cost less than $100.

    • Myra Wray Miller Myra Wray Miller on Oct 14, 2018

      My hubby knocked a heavy Terra cotta pot into our fiberglass tub and knocked a small hole along with a crack. I used white JB Weld putty in several small applications and made it as smooth as possible. A dampened (gloved) finger does a great job before the putty hardens. Then light sanding if needed. It looked good but a few months later I painted the entire tub with white Appliance spray paint. Entire fix for under $12

  • Kathy Wells Kathy Wells on Jul 25, 2018

    Could these be used on a shower wall?

    • Rya34061212 Rya34061212 on Sep 06, 2018

      Yes!

    • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Sep 21, 2018

      No!! You aren’t supposed to. YES it’s waterproof but the substrate isn’t unless you make it. And the manufacturer says NO NO NO because it’s not made to withstand harsh chemicals that are used to clean showers and the soaps we use on our body’s can take its toll on this polyurethane Rock. You can use a product like ledgestone that’s just as easy to use but it’s natural slate and made in 6x12 panels and use it the same way. Just because someone has a pic of it doesn’t mean it should be done.

    • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Sep 21, 2018

      Hey Rya34061212 did you get that pic off of google??? Man that’s not airstone in that pic that’s a product like I’m talking about like ledgestone. It’s real rock. Not veneer or faux. Be careful just giving info because people who aren’t sure are using this platform to find out and do it to save money. If you haven’t done it don’t just google pics and show it looking good. Research it brother. People here depend on quality info and knowledge

  • Linda B Linda B on Oct 08, 2018

    Since you said you're going to rip out the floor next year, aren't you going to have a problem with those tiles up against the tub? I think maybe you should have first taken out the floor tiles closest to the tub. Hope you don't have a problem :)

  • Tammy Valencia Tammy Valencia on Oct 15, 2018

    Do your legs get scratch up your legs getting in and out. I would really worry about children also getting scratched up?

  • Laurel Abraham Laurel Abraham on Oct 25, 2018

    How do you take it off?


    • Lea Thoman Lea Thoman on Jan 19, 2019

      You don’t

      if one would want to remove it, a faux front would have to be utilized to adhere the stone to☺️

  • Lesa Cuculich Lesa Cuculich on Oct 30, 2018

    I love this bathroom.Where did you get your shower curtain? Love the colors

  • Barbarann Barbarann on Dec 13, 2018

    My bland bathroom is Gray and white. I am kind of stuck with the Gray tile all around the bathroom and the Jacuzzi tub. The floor in the Gray is not badd but the tile around the tub has little designs in it. The outside of my home is covered with the stone, And I love the look so I wanted to bring it indoors.. I'm thinking that I would have to pull all of the tile was of the tub surround, And the walls if I want to get that look period of course I would like to do with darker Gray and tan paint color as I have a skylight which brightens the bathroom. I'll be adding floating shelves and baskets for storage. This is what I'm dealing with.. Since the Gray tile surrounds the entire bathroom halfway up the wall and then the entire shower stall I'm thinking that I might have to do with total we got but can afford it at this time I'm open to ideas from some crafty people..

    • Barbarann Barbarann on Dec 13, 2018

      A total gut. Not "we got" sorry typo

    • Tammy Terry Nance Tammy Terry Nance on Jan 09, 2019

      I think it looks nice. If your on a very tight bugdet. I qould just paint or stencil the beige wall you have. You will be amazed hoq something that small can change the whole look. A darker gray or royal blue qould look great. But, its what colors you like. I woul go with a darker color. Hope this helps. Happy DYI

  • Dee Dee on Jan 19, 2019

    What do you mean recaulk the inside of tub

  • Nancy Nancy on Jan 20, 2019

    How would you keep it clean ? Seems like it would be kinda hard. Especially since it's not flat.

    • Debbie Debbie on Jan 20, 2019

      You could seal it withterrazo sealer. Then I think simple vacuuming would keep it clean.


  • Vicki Vicki on Feb 18, 2019

    If you stayed with the job and followed directions to each step, how long does it take to do the job ?


    • Elle Elle on Jun 21, 2019

      She states at the top of the page, 2 hours. That's a short time to make the tub look better....tubs are soooo dated. You think they'd offer up something more good looking since so many decades have passed. But, this is a cool project. I suppose you could do this with beautiful tiles, as well. Hmmmm.

  • Diane Anna Diane Anna on Jun 21, 2019

    What does the edge of the top pieces look like. When I've looked at stone, the open edge looked like plastic, which I wouldn't want to see. Do they make "stones" to finish the upper edge?

  • Mary Wade Mary Wade on Jun 28, 2019

    Is your tub ceramic or the typical plastic stuff ? I can’t remember the name

    • Donna Donna on Dec 04, 2019

      The plastic stuff, tubs are made of is called FIBERGLASS.

      I too can’t, think of things like that, on a daily basis. More like hourly for me.🤣 Don’t feel a bit bad. ♥️

      Your Diy-er friend Donna C. from Ohio

  • Bob Cyndi Bray Bob Cyndi Bray on Jul 30, 2019

    How do you remove it without damaging the finish of the tub?

  • Pamela Powell Pamela Powell on Nov 22, 2019

    Can you also use on floor

  • Teresa Graybeal Lewis Teresa Graybeal Lewis on Dec 03, 2019

    I wonder if you could use this on the showe walls?

  • Sandy Sandy on Feb 22, 2020

    since the whole stone will be out in the weather I don't know of this would work, do you? 2-22-20

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Oct 10, 2020

    How many boxes did you have to buy? Did you need any corner pieces?

  • Mary Jo Mary Jo on Nov 25, 2020

    Ok, so I’m new to this diy stuff, in other words I don’t have a clue. Could you please explain (and maybe a picture 😃?), what you meant by putting matching caulk above the tile. I’m constantly amazed by all the creativity on these websites. So many brilliantly creative people. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. Keep up the creativity! You’re amazing and it’s terrific that your husband is so helpful. What would we do without them? 🤔


  • Phoenix Phoenix on Feb 22, 2021

    Is this "AIR STONE" light weight? or is it heavy?


    • Crp5801805 Crp5801805 on Jul 24, 2021

      It is lightweight, I saw this on Pinterest about 8 years ago and did to cover a crack in a old plastic tub! It was easy and I did by myself.

  • Pam-ella Pam-ella on Jun 05, 2021

    You couldn't do this is if the tub didn't have that overhanging lip, correct?

    It looks beautiful & I would love to do this

  • Isabelle Sobala Isabelle Sobala on Aug 02, 2021

    I would think you should probably put some kind of sealer on the stone?

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  • Terri Terri on Jul 24, 2021

    Awesome! And I LOVE the shower curtain pattern and colors!

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jul 24, 2021

    Very nice job. Looks great. Does the manufacturer offer a 1/4 round stone to finish off the top edging?

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