Natural Stone Uses In The Home

Inexpensive Ways To Add Natural Stone To Your Home

We may need to change how we think about natural stone

Most of the time, when people think about natural stone, what comes to mind is building facades, countertops, shower surrounds, floors, and other “big” projects. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Natural stone is great for smaller projects outside as well as inside.

Why is natural stone great for smaller outdoor projects?

Since natural stone is created by nature in combination with the environment, it contains the natural elements of the earth. It doesn’t need to be protected from environmental issues such as rain, snow, heat, or cold. It will age with the weather, remaining beautiful and strong for years to come. However, natural stone is renewable and repairable if it somehow becomes damaged. A simple call to Tru-Clean Surface Care can restore your indoor or outside stone.

What are some smaller outdoor projects for natural stone?

  • Firepits – Natural stone can be cut into rectangular and sometimes curved blocks to create a firepit.
  • Walkways – Natural stone pavers are an excellent choice for walkways and sidewalks.
  • Tabletops – There is no better way to accessorize your outdoor look than with natural stone tabletops for outdoor coffee or end tables. Fabricators usually have an assortment of smaller pieces left over from installed projects.  We’ve seen clients purchase an end table from a second-hand store and replace the glass top with a scrap piece of granite from their local countertop store that turned out phenomenal and enhanced their lanai and entertaining area.  The same can be done for indoor tables.
  • Garden edging – Add color and charm to your garden by using natural stone for garden edging and dividers. Showcase or spotlight those special areas of interest in your garden.

Why is natural stone great for smaller indoor projects?

Natural stone comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and stone types. With all this variety, so many smaller projects can be done with natural stone. Natural stone is renewable and repairable, so it can be repaired if it becomes dull or damaged.  Scraps can also be obtained from your local stone or countertop supplier economically.

  • Shelves – Keeping in mind that natural stone can be heavy, 2 cm might be better for shelf projects. However, natural stone makes unique, beautiful shelves with proper support.
  • Windowsills – Wooden windowsills can be affected by several things, including weather (sometimes we forget to close the windows when it rains), home humidity, and age. You can replace aging wooden windowsills with natural stone windowsills that will add beauty to any room and will last indefinitely. This is especially nice if you get a new countertop and a matching windowsill in your kitchen or bath.
  • Curbs and thresholds – If you are getting a new natural stone vanity top or tub surround, consider getting a shower curb to match. You can also replace the dirty, worn thresholds in your home with natural stone. Natural stone will clean easily and hold up well. If it becomes damaged, a simple call to a natural stone restoration contractor can restore your inside stone.
  • Raised feeding platform for pets – If you have a large dog, vets recommend that you raise their feeding dishes off the floor. The trouble is that large dogs are strong and can push those feeding platforms around, causing a mess. A natural stone platform is heavy and difficult to push around but easy to clean.

Can smaller natural stone projects be used around food and drink?

Absolutely. Natural stone has many uses in these areas. Pastry chefs love marble countertops and pastry boards for making great desserts. Soapstone whiskey stones stay cold, don’t dilute drinks, and are a great conversation starter. A natural stone mortar and pestle can be used for grinding spices, AND think about how stunning a natural stone charcuterie board would be!

Natural stone can be used in so many ways, big or small. It can add style and pop inside and out. It seems a shame to only think about it in terms of “big” projects.

Tru-Clean Surface Care serves clients throughout SW Florida regarding cleaning, polishing, repairing, or sealing their natural stone surfaces.  Regardless if your stone is made of travertine, marble, granite, or limestone, our certified technicians have the skill to make it look phenomenal again.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a Stone PRO Certified Expert, and a surpHaces Certified PRO Partner.  We are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and an eight-year-in-a-row winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

For a FREE estimate to clean, repair, or seal your natural stone surfaces, please feel free to give us a call any time at 239-541-4888 – Cape Coral and  Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island, or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.  You can also visit us online at or on Facebook at



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