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How to Install Stone Veneer Panels

Natural stone veneer can be installed over almost any surface and is an easy way to achieve a high-end stone look. Use these instructions to revamp your walls with stone veneer panels.

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  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prepare Wall

Prep the wall with drywall, making sure it's sanded smooth.

Step 2: Spread Thinset and Set Panels

Spread a thin layer of thinset on the wall with a trowel (Image 1), as well as a thin layer on the back of the veneer panel (Image 2). Apply pressure to make sure panel is secure to the wall (Image 3).

TIP: Using larger 2x4 panels will add a unique look and save time on tiling over traditional smaller panels.

Step 3: Cut Panels

If you're tiling around shower drains or fixtures, use tin snips to cut panels to fit.

Step 4: Apply Grout (Optional)

Once the tile is set, you can either let it dry or grout the entire surface. If you choose to grout the entire surface, apply grout with a float. Remove excess grout with a wet sponge.