How to paint a faux Stone finish - Fun and creative step-by-step          

Stone Finish Technique

Painted stone effects are a great way to add a rustic accent to both the interior and exterior home. Painted fireplaces, columns, furniture and garden objects are all suitable application surfaces. The juxtaposition of stone, wood, fabric and tile are common place in this regional style, affording simulated stone effects a comfortable place in just about any environment. I’m using Lime Paint to achieve this finish, resulting in a highly durable, interior and exterior finish. In addition, the mineral components in the Lime Paint add to the stone appearance and produce a mold and mildew resistant surface.

Blending Traditional and Contemporary Design
Venetian Plaster

Stucco Veneziano - Venetian Plaster!

Inspired by the ornate plaster-work of Renaissance Italy, decorative plaster has a millennial history, with origins dating back to the Rome of the Caesars and in the art of Ancient Greece.

It was Andrea Palladio, a famous Italian architect, who in the XVI century re-discovered it through his studies and re-proposed it in the splendid Venetian villas that are still to this day the distinguishing mark of his career. Stucco Veneziano is an aesthetic solution that step by step, conquered Venice and Lombardy, then Italy, and finally entire Europe in the XVII century. Today, venetian plaster Stucco Veneziano restores the splendor of a classic and prestigious finish.


Color Palette

Base color – Lime Paint ‘Sandstone dust’


Glaze color – Summer Soil


Step 1:

A cast resin planet container becomes the base for this stone effect. It’s light weight and has an irregular, pitted texture that compliments this technique. I begin by priming the planter using white spray primer.

Step 2:

The lime paint is brushed on directly over the dried primer.

Note about Lime Paint

Lime paint is a mineral based paint, available in over 1,000 colors. It has excellent adhesion to mineral substrates without flaking. In addition, the natural calcium oxide composition of the product makes it resistant to mold, making it an ideal solution for both interior and exterior finishing. Lime Paint serves many purposes; including lime washing, fresco painting, and stone and suede tone finishing. 

Step 3:

Although Lime Paint appears dark when first applied, it dries to a considerably lighter state. The mineral properties of the Lime Paint create a matt, chalk or stone like appearance when dry.

Mix a glaze that is a deep umber tone, very earthy and dark in appearance. Combine Raw Umber, Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue in a 6:3:1 ration, with 1/8th cup glazing liquid, in a 2.5 quart plastic bucket. Add water to thin the glaze to a watery blend.  

Step 4:

Glazing the stone finish

Brush clean water over the entire surface to allow the following application of glaze to move freely.

Step 5:

Liberally brush the glaze over the entire surface.

Step 6:

Wipe the glaze off with a clean rag, allowing some of the glaze to remain in the recesses. Create a light texture by blotting the surface. Buff up any high points on the details or edges to accentuate the profile of the planter.

Step 7:

A dry brush should be used to soften and smooth out the glaze where necessary. Play attention to recessed areas that may have darker glaze build up.

Step 8:

Add spattering marks by trimming a 1 inch bristle brush, loading it with some Raw Umber and flicking the bristles with a razor blade. This process sends a fine spray, or spatter, across the surface imitation pitted or irregularities that you might find in nature. Repeat the spattering one final time with a light grey tone of White, Raw Umber and Raw Siene.

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