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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.


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

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)

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