How to Paint Stone

Is your old stone fireplace or stone statue riddled with chips? Apply a fresh coat of paint for an updated effect.


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You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Sponge
  • Drop cloths
  • Masonry primer
  • Latex or cement-based paint
  • Paint tray
  • Paint brushes
  • Commercial paint remover (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Mix vinegar and water

    Mix three parts white vinegar to one part warm water in a bowl.

  2. Step 2

    Clean the stone

    Clean the stone with a stiff-bristled brush and the vinegar solution.

  3. If the stone was previously painted, you will need to use a commercial paint remover before cleaning to remove the existing finish.

  4. Step 3

    Rinse with water

    Use a wet sponge to rinse the stone and allow it to dry.

  5. Step 4

    Put down drop cloths

    Lay drop cloths down to prevent messes.

  6. Step 5

    Pour primer into tray

    Pour primer into the paint tray and paint the stone, getting the brush into every nook and cranny. Allow it to dry overnight.

  7. Step 6

    Pour paint into tray

    Pour latex or cement-based paint into a paint tray and paint the stone. Allow it to dry.

  8. If you do a faux finish, you will multiple colors of paint, applied in layers to achieve your desired effect.

  9. Step 7

    Paint a second coat

    Paint a second coat on the stone and allow it to dry. Then clean up and enjoy your freshly-painted stone.

  10. The Colosseum in Rome, completed in 80 B.C.E., is made of 100,000 cubic meters of travertine from a cave in Tivoli.