For an old world Venetian or tuscan look, textured stone faux painting has a wonderful style and will give your kitchen the unique look of rough plaster. You might think that you would need to hire a specialist for this type of faux painting, but with some special paint and a bit of practice, you can pull the look off yourself.
Textured stone finishes use a special type of paint that is thick and actually produces a 3 dimensional finish on your wall. This type of painting is very versatile and you can make many designs and also embed little pieces of glass, tile, shells or anything you want to personalize the wall or even a small section of it like a backsplash or around a window or door.
What You Need
Textured Stone Decorative Paint (Can be found at Lowes)
Translucent Color Glaze (in 2 colors – usually similar color in 2 different shades)
Paint Roller ½” Nap Cover Plus 3/8” Nap Cover
6” Paint brush
Empty the room as much as you can. Use the painters tape to protect woodwork, outlets and the edges of the ceiling and baseboard. Lay the drop cloth on the floor and over any furniture or island that you couldn’t move.
Apply The Paint
Use the ½” nap and roll on the special Textured Stone paint in a 3 foot square area. Apply the coating lightly but leave some areas a bit thicker than others. Reload the paint on the roller as many times as needed.
Create The Texture
Use a trowel to create the textured look by randomly smoothing the area. Leave some parts alone – you want the uneven look of plaster so smooth a bit here and there skipping over areas randomly.
Continue steps 1 and 2 in 3 foot square sections until the whole wall is covered. Let dry overnight.
Give It Color
After the textured paint is completely dry, use the 3/8” nap roller to apply the translucent glaze. Cover the stone texture completely and evenly.
Next, apply the second glaze color with the brush. Work in a 3’ X 3’ square and apply using tight x‘s with the brush. Use as little or as much paint according to how you want the wall to look. While the glaze is still wet, use the rag to wipe of and blend the edges of the glaze – go in a circular motion. You can wipe off as little or as much as you want to achieve the look you are going for.
Some Other Ideas
Your textured stone paint can be used to create a variety of 3 dimensional patterns on the wall. Use a spatula to impress into the paint for the look of bamboo, tiles or brick and glaze accordingly. You can even imbed small objects or draw a free form design into the faux texture. How about creating a border pattern at the top by using a large rubber stamp to impress a design into the paint?
Before you take to the walls, practice your faux painting on a large piece of cardboard or poster board. Once you get your technique perfected, you can hold the board up to the actual wall to see how it will look.