How to paint the textured stone effect

Updated February 21, 2017

Painting the textured stone effect on your wall gives a room the look and feel of an Old World Tuscany home. The faux painting style works well in almost any room of the house, especially in kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms. To create the effect, a special type of thick paint helps make the finished wall three-dimensional. Two coats of translucent glaze, added at the end, give the texture the patina you want.

Place dust sheets over any furniture, appliances or accessories you want to protect from paint splashes. Cover ducts and trim around floors, doors, ceilings and walls with masking tape to keep paint off these areas.

Roll on the textured stone decorative paint.Paint a small section of the wall so you can complete the next step while the paint remains wet.

Smooth the area randomly with the trowel to create the textured stone effect with an uneven plaster look. Do not smooth the entire painted space or the texture will look too fine and not like stone. Continue painting small sections of the wall with the textured stone decorative paint and then use the trowel to create the stone effect. Once you finish the wall, let it dry 24 hours.

Apply the first translucent glaze colour of your choice to the wall using the 3/8- inch nap cover attached to your paint roller. Paint the entire wall area evenly.

Paint on the second translucent glaze colour with a brush. The second colour helps give the wall an unevenly-coloured stone look. Work in small square areas, creating tight Xs with your brush. Add more paint to the wall if you want to create a thicker look.

Wipe the edges of the twice-painted wall with a rag, using circular motions to maintain the stone texture look. Wipe off as much paint as you need to get the look you want. Continue this process until you finish the entire wall.


Practice your technique on small pieces of drywall left over from another project. When you feel happy with the practice piece, you can start painting the wall itself. For a sparkling look, embed small shiny objects into the second, wet translucent glaze layer.


Make sure the textured stone paint finishes drying completely before applying the translucent glaze, or the two paints may mix and create undesirable colours and textures.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust sheets
  • Masking tape
  • Paint roller
  • Textured stone decorative paint
  • Paint roller cover with a 3/8 -inch nap
  • Trowel
  • Paint brush
  • Two colours of translucent glaze
  • Rags
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Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.