Textured Wall with Crumbling Stones
Create the appearance of textured stucco walls that have begun to crumble with paint. Follow these step-by-step instructions.
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Materials and Tools:
latex satin paint (base coat: Sociable SW6359; top coats: Folksy Gold SW6360, Uncertain Gray SW6234 and Foggy Day SW6235)
clear glazing liquid
small paint buckets
8" joint knife
1. Apply the base coat and let dry overnight. Sketch where the stones will show through with a pencil.
2. Mix one part of each of the three paint colors with three parts glazing liquid to make three different glaze mixtures. Use a rag to wash the color most similar to the background into the crumbling stone area. Then follow with the other colors to create texture and dimension (figure A). Try to vary the amount of each color so each stone looks a little different. If the stones are getting too dark, go back over them with the light color like an eraser.
3 Use a pencil to make grout lines--it's best not to measure everything out perfectly or the stones will look too planned and rigid. Stand back now and then to make sure the layout looks natural. Paint along the pencil lines with the deep bluish mixture using the tip of a foam brush Add cracks and crevices to the stones until satisfied (figure B).
4. Add texture to the portion of the wall with the base coat by mixing the lightest paint color with drywall compound to give it a soft hue. Apply the compound with a joint knife to create a rough and aged appearance. Let the compound cure overnight, and then use a foam brush and the grout color to roughly color along the edges where the faux stone and textured wall meet.
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