Real Faux Stone

finished This a real faux stone because it mimics cut stone and not just a textured surface, which is a common mistake when creating faux stone.  This may look ok, but it isn’t realistic.  Real, cut stone would be smooth to the touch but pitted (recesses).

To start, a tinted (off-white) primer was applied.

The texture coat consisted of a mixture of  SAT (Proceed smooth absorbent texture),  RRT (Proceed Rough Regular Texture), and a matte base coat for a chalky, texture.
Apply the texture with a domed glazing brush.

textured basecoatStipple with a refined tool like a badger 2-header for a small area.

texture with stipplerA standard stippler could be used with a light touch, but the smaller brush allows for excellent control over the texture.


finish basecoatLet dry.   Repeat the same process one more time.  Let dry and cure.

Sand with a 220 grit to flatten the peaks so it looks like it has pits and feels smooth to the touch.  Don’t over sand.  Dust.

sandA mother glaze was mixed for a cool grey tonality (RawUm, PaynesG, WHITE).   The glazing liquid was a mixture of 50% low viscosity glaze, 30% matte medium, and 20% glazing acrylic liquid.  The small baseboard sample did not require a glaze with a long open time.   Decrease the amount of matte medium or acrylic glazing liquid for a longer open time.

glaze all overGlaze the surface generously but evenly with a pointed glazing brush.

glaze surfaceUsing a palette with RawUm, UltBl, and YOchre and the cool grey mother glaze,  create zones of color with a smaller pointed glazing brush.  Avoid straight lines with strong color.

add tonalitiesWith a 2 headed flat badger brush, stipple, with enough pressure to melt the tonalities together.

texture glaze

texture glazeUsing a samina chiqueteur,  loaded with only water and rung out, texture the surface which will dilute the glaze and create texture by removing the glaze.

texture chiqueteurLastly, add more warm grey glaze to reinforce the cuts of the stone.

last glazeUsing a spatter brush and a palette knife to create a spatter.  Start with RU plus water, then switch to BU, and then an off-white.


faux stone finishedPaint grout line with an off white, generally.
Create an illusion of more pits by using a pointed brush with a transparent mix of RU, UB, and white for a cool grey.

Within the pits, add a darker tonality for the shadow on the top part.

add pitsFinish the trompe l’oeil grout with a thin shadow and highlight.

trompe loeil

Varnish with dead flat.


  1. Hi, Thanks for sharing. Would you use tape for the grout lines if the job was really big? Or would you still do them by hand?
    Thanks, Christine

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