I wanted to create a soft, warm and inviting stone faux finish. Much like the stone of a cotswold cottage. Or something that you might find in a storybook.
I chose soft colors for the stone. I ran out of supplies, so i had to run to Home Depot for stuff. Everything in the photo is from Home Depot. There are a few extras that are optional for this project. But since i was in the paint isle, i decided to splurge on a stencil and a 'wood' squeegee i came across.
Today i worked on cutting off excess cardboard, making a stone template and painting the faux stone.
For the stone effect i wanted a warm beige color. I don't normally use these colors for stone, but again, i was trying to create the illusion of charm.
Storybook stone: i used Behr flat interior colors: Sandstone Cliff, Basketry, and Riviera Beach
Apply in this order:
1. Sandstone Cliff - roll on solid being sure to get full color coverage.
2. Basketry - 1/4 cup basketry paint color, 3/4 cup faux glaze. Rag on all over stones.
3. *Riviera Beach - 1/4 cup paint color, 3/4 cup faux glaze. Rag all over stones. This color can be optional. It depends on how intense you want your beige stone to look. I was going for super soft - so i went for it.
Mortar: i have never been satisfied with my mortar color. i mix the color by using the paints i'm working with. try mixing Sandstone Cliff as the main color and adding a bit of grey to it. paint in the mortar color and keep adjusting the color as you go along until you get something that satisfies you. Real mortar looks creamy with a tinge of grey to me. Ultimately, you will want a mortar color that looks natural and allows the stone to pop-out. i will probably add a bit of dull, dingy greyish white to the mortar tomorrow. But this is good. i like layers. it creates dimension.
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