Before + After

This is one of the most creative Before + Afters that we have seen!  It was submitted by Andre, who does not consider himself an expert.  Andre – we have to disagree!

Our project was part of a large addition/renovation of a 1960s split-foyer. The front of the existing home has a clay-colored stone veneer. To be fair, they are not actually stones or cultured stone, but rather a “stone veneer” made of some sort of resin. In order to save some money we wanted to try to rescue the stones and help them blend the addition with the original construction. The only preparation that I did was have the stones powerwashed with water.

I selected a few colors of gray (Paris Gray, French Linen, and Graphite) that I thought would turn out best looking like real stone. Using a 50/50 wash of Paris Gray, I hand painted each stone, avoiding the mortar to keep some contrast. Most stones took about two or three immediate coats depending on the underlying color, and I could get about 10-20 stones per trip up the ladder. Some drips into the mortar were inevitable, but I don’t really notice them now. Using a pair of ladders, letting the stones dry only long enough that I was up the other ladder doing the wash, I followed with a very light dry brush of Graphite and French Linen. In some cases, I’d get too heavy with the dry brush, but would just go back and rewash or dry brush Paris Gray over the top. This worked out fine I think since I wanted to variation in stones to look more like real stone. The primary reason for doing the dry brush here was to keep the stones from looking too flat.

The entire project took a few days, and about 20 hours total including testing out colors. In the end, my hope is that no one really notices the “painted stone” but most people seem to think it is actual cultured stone. I considered sealing the stone, but ultimately decided it might not be worth it. The entire project took only about a quart and a half of Paris Gray and a sample of each the Graphite and French Linen. Never having worked with Chalk Paint before, I would say this was not a difficult project at all for anyone comfortable painting on a ladder.

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