Creating a faux stone wall is not difficult to do if you follow a basic set of steps. These include applying a base coat for the mortar, laying out your stone shapes, applying a base color for your stones, layering color and shading. However, even though the process is fairly simply, mistakes can turn your faux stone wall into a decorating faux pas.
Tips for Painting a Stone Wall
The first thing you need to do when you want to paint stone wall as a decorative accent is to layout your design. You will first want to paint your wall the color you want the grouting to be, allow it to dry, and then use blue painter’s tape to create your shapes.
It is also important to use the right tools and supplies when creating a faux stone wall. The basics include: blue painter’s tape, paint, glaze, cheese cloth, sea sponges, a fine tip artist’s brush and a ladder.
Next, you need to select a stone stacking style that is logical. You can use block or stone that have the same shape and size, or you can mix things up. However, make sure your stacking pattern follows what is normally used by stone masons. This will help to sell your faux stone wall to your guests.
Finally, practice your faux stone painting technique on paper taped on a wall before jumping into your project. This will give you the opportunity to perfect your technique.
Mistakes to Avoid
There are several mistakes that you will want to avoid when painting a faux stone wall. The first mistake is rushing the process. In order to create the illusion of depth you need to apply paint in layers. It is important that you allow each layer to dry before moving on to the next.
Don't forget to shape your stones. The shading process is the last layer of color that you add. It is done to add depth and realism to your faux stone wall. To make your shading look authentic you need to select an artificial light source and make sure all of your shading reflects that fictional point of light.
The third mistake that you can make is selecting the wrong color palette for your project. While you can select outrageous colors if you want, the best looking faux stone walls will reflect the colors found in actual stone. You can get ideas for what colors and patterns to use by visiting a home improvement store or a rock quarry and taking pictures of stone pieces you like, or purchasing samples to use for reference.
Also, don't select the wrong stone size for your project. It is important to match the scale of your stones to the scale of the room that you are decorating. You may need to experiment with several stone sizes until you find one that enhances the look of your room. This can be done by creating paper stone templates and painting a few courses on a wall to see which size works the best.