Covering stone basement walls

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Old 11-16-19, 07:06 AM
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Covering stone basement walls

Just cleaned out the basement on a house I am rehabbing and would like the basement to look a little nicer. The floor is fine and most of the basement is concrete or brick but this old section is just stone and I'm guessing mortar. Is it possible to just coat over the stone with a mortar or something similar? Was considering doing a 2x2 wall along this and sheet it with car siding or something similar but would have to be treated I would think. Anyone have recommendations?
 
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Old 11-16-19, 07:20 AM
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If you are going to build a wall it needs to be largely unattached to the mortar wall. So then what's the point of stuccoing the stone.
 
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Here's a pic of what i'm talking about.

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That's rough. You could mortar in the crevices and skim coat to smooth out the rock wall. If there is any movement of the rock or water penetration it will likely crack.

What do you intend to do with the space? You can build a wall and finish it off nice but you'll loose all that space on the upper "shelf". I would be tempted to leave it as is or do some mortar work to clean up the look of the stone and preserve the storage "shelf".
 
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I'd like to keep it open and keep the shelf for storage like you mentioned. Just going to put the laundry down there and a utility sink I think. After looking at it more today I would like to just use a mortar and skim coat so that it looks decent vs any kind of wall
 
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I'd recommend you use Quikrete stucco base mix. It's sticky enough to bond to the stone. Mist the stone with water first.
 
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Ill look into that, thanks
 
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