Painting Faux Stone Wall

Want to know the trick to painting the faux stone wall effect? Painting stone blocks is very unique because it is often used as a decorative technique and is used to create a beautiful illusion.

Painting a wall to look like stones is easier than you might think.

The example here was a red powder room just two days before this picture was taken. The transformation only took a two color process. The base coat and the glaze coat.

faux stone block

This person wanted a simple faux stone wall effect with no blocks being the same size. I've chosen to show you this picture to show the possibilities.

However, most people do prefer the traditional stacking or uniformity of stone or brick.

For what my opinions worth, I prefer the normal way concrete block walls are stacked also.

Either way you choose there are a few things you'll need for the process:

• brush

• paint pan and roller

• 3/4 inch blue painters tape

• base color

• glaze color

• small sea sponge

• cheese cloth

• small artist brush

The first thing you want to choose is your grout color. This is the color of the lines between the stones. This color will also be the base for your stones.

You will also want to choose your glaze color. It is usually best to choose a darker shade of the base color for your glaze coat. And this is easy because in most cases this color will be on the same card you choose your base color from at the paint store. Here you can go several shades darker for a more dramatic look or just a couple for a more subtle look.

Using your regular paint brush and your paint pan with roller, you'll want to paint the entire walls a solid coat with the base color.

Now you need to decide how wide you want your grout lines to be. In the supplies list we suggested 3/4 inch blue tape. That's what we use because it seems to look the most realistic.

After the base coat dries completely, you can line off the joints with your tape. Again this pattern is up to you. You can always copy how real brick or stone walls are stacked. This is my favorite. I would choose the size of each block according to the room it is in. Smaller stones for smaller rooms and larger stones for larger rooms.

faux stone tape

Once the tape is on the entire project you can mix your glaze color according to the directions on the label. Some paint stores will mix this for you in the store making it much easier.

You can start sponging on the glaze one stone at a time to keep the job manageable. One suggestion is to just put glaze around the edge of each block, starting with the darker color. This can create dimension. While your glaze is still wet, use your sea sponge to dab into the glaze and create the look of texture for your faux stone wall.

sponge faux stone

Next to refine or soften this pattern, pat the same area with your cheese cloth. Just patting it a little will soften the pattern of the glaze. This will give you the nice shading and depth of stone.

faux stone dark

When you've finished the room with these techniques, its now time to remove the tape.

As a final option, you might want to thin the glaze mixture a little more with water and go back over the "grout" lines very lightly. It does not have to be solid or perfect but it does require patience and that's why we say it's just optional. This last step will make the lines not so stark or bold, and it will deepen the edges of the stone even more.

faux stone grout

faux grout

Congratulations, now you've created the illusion of depth and texture all with paint.

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