Spraying a Fireplace with Faux Stone Paint
A faux stone setting for your fireplace can lend a lot of character to your living rooms, bedrooms, and similar focal places around the house. Using natural stone color on your fireplace will give your room a welcoming. The faux stone paint though can fade over time so there is a need to use only top quality external paints to ensure long lasting color around your fireplace. To help make your fireplace look great, here are some tips for spraying faux stone paint.
Use Multiple Coats and Color Combination
Multiple coats help create depth and bring out the effect of a faux finish. Certainly, this can’t be achieved when you spray paint in one flat color. The basic preparation to achieve this is to employ a minimum of three complimentary colors with one after another in increasing darker shades.
Earth colors and natural grays and browns get you the desired results. Ratio can be achieved by taking a quart for each of the three colors – which provides enough for you to cover the whole fireplace. The preferable paint is the flat exterior type since this has the better temperature tolerance. The exposure to the fireplace proximate the exposure to the fireplace during hot summer season.
Surface Preparation and Applications
You can ensure all surfaces are protected from unnecessary smears or spots by using painters tape and drop cloths. The base which is the lightest color is loaded first into the spray gun tank. For best and accurate results, the spray gun should be High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) type at full cone setting. Normally, a second coat is necessary to achieve better results depending on the surface or the color used.
The second color, which is several shades darker than the first one applied to the surface, is put on using the full cone then changed to flat stream technique. This is achieved by putting on the appropriate nozzles into the spray gun. The application takes into some variations like spraying uneven streaks into the base; thin, medium, and even spreading it randomly. Natural effect can also be achieved by spraying thin mists of water into the painted surface – letting the paint achieve thinning effect and natural spread on some areas.
The third color becomes the accent color. This should not be applied too much across the painted surface but must be used as a highlight only to the nooks of the fireplace such as the corners and crevices. The idea is to enhance the supposedly “darker” locations. Using the thin stream from the pressure gun and water spraying as earlier described to soften the edges and help bring out this natural look in the final results.
Some architectural elements like in-lays, tiles, and other media when used in combination to the spray painting brings out a dramatic look to your fireplace. If you have preferred decors but changes from time to time, the faux stone fireplace also blends well enough. With creative touches, this simple preparation can transform any ordinary fireplace to one stunning element to your house.