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.

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)

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.

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.

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.