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Distressed Stone Frames – A How To

One of the basic finishes for a decorative painter to learn is faux stone.   Here, a client has requested the creation of two circular frames to match a distressed gray stone.  Pierre Finkelstein of Grand Illusion Decorative Painting shows you how he created this finish.

Stone to match

HOW TO CREATE THIS FINISH

Use our step-by-step instruction below

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Here is a list of the tools & supplies you will need to achieve this technique.  Supplies available at fauxbrushes.com are linked below and listed at the bottom of the page.

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DISTRESS THE FRAMES

STEP 1 – DISTRESS THE FRAMES: A stiff Palette Knife was used to add imperfections to the frame.  Plenty of other tools could be used to distress as well.

Pictured is another tool that worked well with distressing the control sample!

The control sample next to the frame
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PROPER PREPARATION

STEP 2 – PROPER PREPARATION: The frames were primed with a tinted dark Primer.

3

APPLY TEXTURE COAT

STEP 3 – APPLY TEXTURE COAT: The first step for our stone texture was applying Paint mixed with an aggregate or a premixed Texture. Two coats were applied using a well-used, Pointed Glazing Brush (size 2).

Here is a close-up of the texture coat.  Notice the fine stippled texture.

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APPLY THE FIRST GLAZE

STEP 4 – APPLY THE FIRST GLAZE: To get the deep color needed for an aged, distressed texture, two glaze layers are necessary. On the first glazing, a mid-tone gray mother glaze was applied with a Pointed Glazing Brush (size 4).  An acrylic Glazing Medium and Matte Medium were used for this small area.

After the frame was glazed, tonality from the palette was added. This was done using the samina haired Chiqueteur Brush with well-blended tones of paynes gray, burnt umber, and van dyke brown.

This Chiqueteur Brush gave the finest stipple texture and got into all of the crevices.

Once the frame was dried it was then sanded.

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APPLY SECOND GLAZE

STEP 5 – APPLY SECOND GLAZE: A second glaze layer was applied in a similar fashion as the first.  The same mother glaze was used. It was applied all over the frame with a Pointed Glazing Brush (size 0) using stronger colors and adding yellow ochre.

It looked very intense here.

Using a small Codtail Brush, the tones were stippled and melted away while the colors still show through.

Using a samina haired Chiqueteur Brush, the final texture was added.

6

PROTECT AND FINISH

STEP 6 – PROTECT AND FINISH:  The frames were sanded as needed in a few particular areas. A matte water-base Varnish was finally applied. 

COMPLETED FINISH

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