Faux Granite Painting

Faux granite painting gives the appearance of a highly detailed and complicated faux effect. I'm going to show you the simple steps to getting it perfect. At the bottom of this page you can see a short video demonstration of this technique as well. This effect can give the beauty of natural granite for a fraction of the cost.

In just a few layers of paint you can achieve the beautiful look of granite.

Again make sure you check out the video at the bottom to see just how easy it is to achieve this look.

Here's a photo of natural granite that we can use as our sample...

faux painting granite

Now let's achieve this with paint.

For the most part, you will only need your paint and a sea sponge. But there are a few more things for faux granite painting.

Here's the list of supplies:

• Paint brush

• Sea sponge

• A paint pail for each color

• Paint colors (you'll need 3 to 4 colors for a realistic granite)

• Latex glaze

• Blue tape

That's it. Now if you want to do faux granite painting on an entire wall or more, you may want to apply a base coat first with a paint roller. This is especially the case if you are doing a darker granite effect such as black or dark green. By first using a base coat (such as a dark grey), you will make it much easier to cover the area with your sponging.

Important note: If you are painting over a non-porous surface such as a laminate countertop, you will need to start with a solid primer coat. There are different primers for different surfaces. A reputable paint store should be able to tell you exactly what you need for the surface you're working on. That ensures the rest of what you paint will stick to your surface.

Advanced tip: This step is optional but many have found it to be a very nice touch. Once you have a surface to work on, you can use a metallic paint as your base coat. For some of the earth tone natural granite colors, I've used a gold base coat (as shown in example below). And for darker granite colors I've used silver as my base coat. This is an excellent way to give you the shimmering flakes you sometimes see in natural granite.

First, you'll want to use the blue tape to mask off the area that you are painting and protect any area you don't want paint. Since you're using a sponge, you'll need to protect your surroundings. That includes floors too. An old sheet or dropcloth are great for protecting floors.

Second, you apply your base coat. In this example I'm going to show you the gold metallic base coat. Some metallics are very thin. If you choose this as well, you may need to apply two coats of the gold. That way you can have the full strength of the gold to show through later.

faux granite gold

Third, you'll apply the mid-range color with your sponge first. If you chose three colors for your faux granite painting (not including the base), then you will have a light, dark, and darkest color. What I mean by mid-range is the color between your light and darkest. Use the mid-range color to uniformly sponge the entire area.

faux granite middle color

Fourth, you'll now do the same with your darkest color. Only this time, sponge a little less of the surface. In the end, the darkest color won't be your dominant color. So think about this when you sponge it.

faux granite dark color

Here you see the darkest color sponged on, but not too heavily. You can still see a good bit of the color underneath.

Fifth, you'll now sponge on the lightest color. Here you'll want your lightest color to be your dominant color. But you still want there to be dark areas showing through full strength. So sponge on your lightest color less uniformly as you did the first two. That way you'll leave random patches of the dark showing through, almost like accents.

Here's a picture to help:

faux granite sponge

Sixth: This step is necessary if you chose a granite pattern that has a fourth accent color. Like the picture of the real natural granite above you'll see a thin accent of a caramel like color. This is the color you'll mix with your glaze.

Usually four parts glaze to one part paint. Now simply sponge on this accent very lightly and very sparse. You don't want to change the dominant look of the faux granite painting. Just remember to think "accent".

faux granite accent

Finally: Natural granite is polished and has a gloss finish. You definitely want to copy this for the most realism. I recommend using a water based clear coat such as the Benjamin Moore product "Stays Clear". It's a good protective clear coat that will also give you your polished, gloss effect.

Once it all dries...

faux granite painting

...you now have your rich, beautiful faux granite painting for a fraction of the cost. I hope these suggestions make your project successful and beautiful!

Here's a video that may help you even more...


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