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texancowboy 08-14-2012 10:28 PM

Bathroom shower area
Hey guys. I have one of those tub/shower combo thingys. For years I have been wanting to replace to old surrounding wall paneling with something more attractive. Tile sounds like a pain in the butt and can get rather costly. The other day I was going though stuff in my garage and found several buckets of small petrifed wood pieces. Then, like the great Archimedes, I had an idea: What if I was to put up some hardie backer board and stick petrified wood to it? I'm no mason, but It sounds rather simple. However, I have a few concerns.

#1: Can I make it water proof with some type of sealer?

#2: what type of materials (aside from the hardie board and the stones) do I require?


texancowboy 08-17-2012 06:47 PM

Any advice is welcomed

joecaption 08-17-2012 06:57 PM

Sounds like a nightmare to do to me.
It would be near impossible to clean.
Not even sure how you would ever grout it because of all the odd sizes and the pores still in the material.
Every piece would have to be flat on the back side to get it to stick.

oh'mike 08-17-2012 08:35 PM

Hardie board---then a waterproof coating like Red Guard or Hydroban (paint on waterproofing)--

Then set the stone into modified thinset--then grout.

A stone sealer (enhancing sealer) might be nice.

Plan on lots of wedges and spacers---that will be a slow setting job---those stones are going to want to slide---so a lot of days may be needed---

texancowboy 08-17-2012 10:29 PM

I figured on just using mortar - no grout

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