How to Install Simulated Stone

Over the past few years, we have been working on our porch. In this post, you will learn how to install simulated stone.

We used Hermitage simulated stone manufactured by Horizon Stone. We love this simulated stone because it looks like real stone because of variation; there are so many different shapes. We purchased this from Jenkins Brick in Pellham, Alabama. We also used Argos Custom Blended Masonry Cement; the color is Savannah Ivory.

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Gift Wrapping Cubby

This blog post was originally posted in December 2018 and updated in December 2019.

I tend to use every space available for storage. ? This cubby is a small attic access (behind the knee wall) in our loft, which also serves as my office and craft room.

Below is the BEFORE picture of this space.

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How we Built Our Outdoor Fireplace on our Patio Porch

A few years ago we built a fireplace on our porch overlooking the lake. We are not experts by any means, but over the years, we have gained the confidence to tackle projects by actually just jumping in with both feet! We have also learned how to be resourceful by breaking down projects step-by-step and just figuring it out by researching. Let’s just say that we have watched a lot of YouTube videos and use a “learn as we go” approach.

Below is a before and after picture of our lakeside porch. The before picture is prior to us renovating and adding an addition to our lake house, which, included adding a double window and covering the block wall with rock. The after picture encompasses other porch projects such as wrapping the cedar posts (to become white columns) and adding old barn wood on our ceiling. Our patio porch is still a work in progress. Our next step is to add flooring.

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How We Built Our Porch Columns

We originally had old cedar columns on our porch. As part of our porch renovation project, we decided to add an apron to frame the porch ceiling and then we wrapped the cedar columns with Hardie boards. Below is a glimpse of one of the columns. Here is a before picture (also before the outdoor fireplace and old barn wood ceiling. Notice in the picture below the old columns on the far left and that there is no apron around the edge of the ceiling.

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How We Installed Barn Wood on Our Porch Ceiling

This is a picture of the porch ceiling before we added the old barn wood.

Below is an after picture of the barn wood ceiling (also after we added the rock on the face of the house, built the fireplace, and wrapped the columns). The floor is our next project!

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Chandelier Makeover

“They” say you are suppose to discard items you have not used in the last year, but not me! I just love this light fixture and hung on to it for several years. We bought it on clearance many years ago and used it in our daughter Emmy’s bedroom when she was a child. At the time, it was gold. When Neal helped me create my craft room, I dug this out of the attic and decided to use it. I bought a can of pink spray paint (spray paint transform junk to jewels) and VOILA! Don’t you just love how it turned out!

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Spray Painting Light Fixtures

I was undecided about what type of light fixtures to purchase for my my craft room. So I decided just to use what was there for now. I did not like the brass, so I decided to spray paint them. I LOVE spray paint! ❤️I started by taping the electrical socket to ensure paint would not get in the socket. I covered the electrical wires with painters tape too. This old crate is great for spray painting. (Can you tell I have used it to paint before?) Continue reading “Spray Painting Light Fixtures”Share This:
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Tiling Our Kitchen Backsplash

Neal laid out the backsplash. We purchased square tiles, so he made SOOOO MANY cuts! He also had to cut around the electrical outlets, so more cuts! Those orange things are spacers; this is where the mortar will be applied after all the tiles are in place. Continue reading “Tiling Our Kitchen Backsplash”Share This:
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Renovating/Updating Our Patio Porch

Patio Porch on the Lakeside

Check out this before and after picture! Here is a picture of the basement patio (lakeside) once we cut the block and added a header to add a double window. We wanted more daylight in our basement living room. Here is the inside view of where we cut the block to add the double windows. We will show you more interior pictures of the basement living room area later in this blog post.

More patio porch project pictures:

  • Click here to see how we built our outdoor fireplace on our patio porch.
  • Click here to see how we wrapped the columns on the patio porch.
  • Click here to see how we added old barn wood to our patio porch ceiling.

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