Fireplaces / October 16, 2018 / Ellen Lombardi.
For a beautiful example of a faux stone fireplace, take a look at the work done by skilled artists at Steve Austin Painting, which can a found. It’s hard to believe that this beautiful stone fireplace isn’t stone at all but paint on top of regular old plaster.
Faux painting is not as difficult as you may imagine, and only requires a little bit of research and practice. The good thing about paint projects is that if you make a huge mistake, you can always cover over the area with some primer and start all over again.
A faux stone fireplace technique is quite simple. You really can’t do this wrong, as you can always touch up here and there until you’re delighted with the effect. No harm a done, and you learned a thing or two in the process.
Prepare the surface onto which you will be painting by cleaning and removing any mildew or dust that has deposited on the surface. If you end up using soapy water or some other wet substance, be sure to let the area dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Find a stone model in shades that are the same or similar to the look that you want for your faux stone fireplace. Select a basecoat color in an eggshell (otherwise known as ’satin’) or another low luster sheen.
Apply two coats of this basecoat color with a roller. You will have to use a paintbrush to work in from the corners, tops, and bottoms of the areas to a painted. With faux finish painting, it is not critical that every inch a covered, as the top texture, will cover any bare spots, but it is a good idea to shoot for total coverage.
Use a crumpled rap or paper to apply a paint/glaze mixture in the accent color of your stone model. You can find faux finishing glaze at any paint, hardware or home improvement store. Though the glaze instructions may say to use five parts glaze to one part paint, I’ve found that a mixture of two to three parts coat to each piece of color is much more suitable for any faux texture effect.
Dab the paint/glaze mixture onto the wall to create a textured effect. Continue to do this until the entire surface has a treated. You can apply as many coats or shades and coats as is necessary to create the look you have in mind. Just be sure to let each different color or layer dry completely before applying the next.
Trace some real stones onto a piece of cardboard. If you do not have any real rocks, merely draw four or five (or more) different stone shapes. These will serve as your stone block templates. Lightly trace around the blocks on the wall using chalk or pencil, alternating the various neighborhoods.
Paint the outlines of the block shapes with a fine artist’s brush. Try to use earthy tones, relative to your stone model, of course. Try to blend several earthy tones and use a feathering technique over the edges to give a more realistic and rustic appearance.
Good luck! Faux finish painting projects can be stressful if you’ve never done them before because they can see all kinds of wrong right up until the last finishing touches are applied. So relax and try to have fun with it.