Is your old stone fireplace or stone statue riddled with chips? Apply a fresh coat of paint for an updated effect.
You will need
- White vinegar
- Stiff-bristled brush
- Drop cloths
- Masonry primer
- Latex or cement-based paint
- Paint tray
- Paint brushes
- Commercial paint remover (optional)
Step 1 Mix vinegar and water Mix three parts white vinegar to one part warm water in a bowl.
Step 2 Clean the stone Clean the stone with a stiff-bristled brush and the vinegar solution.
If the stone was previously painted, you will need to use a commercial paint remover before cleaning to remove the existing finish.
Step 3 Rinse with water Use a wet sponge to rinse the stone and allow it to dry.
Step 4 Put down drop cloths Lay drop cloths down to prevent messes.
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.
Step 6 Pour paint into tray Pour latex or cement-based paint into a paint tray and paint the stone. Allow it to dry.
If you do a faux finish, you will multiple colors of paint, applied in layers to achieve your desired effect.
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.
The Colosseum in Rome, completed in 80 B.C.E., is made of 100,000 cubic meters of travertine from a cave in Tivoli.