corner of a stone wall connected to a house clad in stone-veneer panels
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Introduction

If pulling into your driveway causes you to cringe at the sight of an exposed foundation or a stretch of bare cinder block, why not cover it up? These panels of hand-painted cast concrete provide the look of handsomely stacked natural stone, and you don't need to hire a mason. In fact, you can install them on concrete or even framed walls with little more than a drill and a circular saw. Follow along as This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers uses them to transform an unsightly eyesore into a front-yard focal point.

Pictured: Stone-veneer panels: Versetta Stone Ledgestone in Terra Rosa finish, about $27 per panel; Boral USA
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      measuring tape
    • masonry pencils
      masonry pencil
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • 3/16 masonry bit
      3/16-inch masonry drill bit
    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • five in one tool
      5-in-1 tool
    • safety glasses
      safety glasses
    • ear muffs
      ear protection
    • dust mask
      N-95 dust mask
    • circular saw with dust-collection
      circular saw with a segmented diamond blade
    • Natural-bristle chip brush
      3-inch chip brush
    • metal bar
      ¼-inch metal rod
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun

    Shopping List

    Stone-veneer universal corner panels Get enough to cover the wall corners.

    Stone-veneer flat panels Get enough to fill in the wall area, plus 10 percent.

    2-by-12-inch bluestone capstone Get enough to cap the wall.

    1¼-inch self-tapping masonry screws

    Spray paint Rust-Oleum MultiColored Textured (we used Desert Bisque)

    Polyurethane

    Construction adhesive