How to Paint a Faux Stone Wall
Step 1 - Supplies Checklist
- 1. Drywall Compound
- 2. Latex-based paint
- 3. Two or three Faux Stone Glazes
- 4. Paint brushes
- 5. Painter's tape
- 6. Drop cloths
- 7. Flat trowel
- 8. Foam brush
- 9. Rags
Step 2 - Prepping the Area You Want to Paint
- Make sure you have removed any light fixtures, wall lamps, or other things that are hanging or have been screwed into your wall.
- Tape around the border of your area, being careful not to tape over areas that you will be painting.
- Lay your drop cloths and remove all the furniture from the room. If you can't do that, then just push it far out of the way of the wall.
Step 3 - Applying Wall Compound
- 1. Apply the wall compound to the wall in a layer that is about ¼ in. thick. You don't need to worry about smoothing any of it out, as you will texture it later.
Step 4 - Texturing
- 1. To add the stone texture, place the trowel flat against the wall compound and pull away, then lightly smooth over the peaks and repeat until the entire wall is textured.
- 2. Allow the compound to dry for 24-48 hours.
Step 5 -Painting
- 1. Apply the base coat to the wall and let it dry completely before moving on.
- 2. If you want the real look of stones and not just a stone texture, then tape the joints with ½ in. thick painter's tape.
Step 6 - Glazing
- 1. If you simply want the texture of stone, just liberally apply a single color of glaze with either a cloth or a sponge. Immediately wipe off the excess glaze and let the rest of it settle into the compound.
- 2. If you want the look of actual stone, then work one stone at a time and apply the darker glaze first, followed by the lighter colors. Not only does this give the wall a stone look, it also provides ample depth.
- 3. Remove the tape, and work the lightest glaze over the joints your painter's tape created.