If you are someone else in your home is into medieval style, consider painting the walls of a bedroom, living room, or bathroom with a faux castle wall finish. A faux castle finish will make you feel you have stepped back in time without the cost of replacing the current wall.
You don't have to cover all four walls with the stone look. Accentuate a fireplace or a single kitchen wall. Follow this guide to paint a faux castle wall.
Prepare to Paint the Faux Castle Wall
To paint the wall, you need:
- work gloves
- tape measure
- painter's tape
- plastic or old sheets
- broom or feather duster
- trowel or paint tray paint
- one to two inch flat paint brushes and roller
- sea sponge
- drywall compound
- joint compound
- base coat
- metallic paint (optional)
- glaze or two contrasting stone paint colors
Lay painter's tape around outlets, baseboards, window trim, and wall trim. Spread plastic or old sheets around the work area, and raise a window to ventilate.
Fix any nicks or holes in the wall with drywall compound. Go over the walls with a feather duster or broom, clean the walls using a damp rag, and let it dry completely. Speed dry the wall by dabbing it with a towel.
Apply the Base Coat
Spread a one-fourth inch thick layer on the walls you want to cover. Press the trowel flat on the wall, pull it away to make the texture, and smooth peaks. Let the compound dry.
Use the roller or paint brushes to the paint over the compound, and let it dry. The base coat is typically a lighter shade, such as tan or light grey.
Paint the Stones
It is easier to trace the stones using a template from cardboard or the sizes in your chosen pattern. Otherwise, you will have to measure, and mark them on the wall with chalk.
Vary the size of the stones, and slightly round the corners for a natural stone look. If you prefer a uniform look, outline the blocks with painter's tape on the wall.
Trace the stone pattern on the wall with chalk using the cardboard as a guide. Suggested colors for glaze include brown, gray, or moss green. Mix the glaze based on instructions, and apply it in various thicknesses.
If you prefer, paint the stones instead of using glaze. Highlight the stone with a light shade working in quick squiggly strokes across the top to the middle stopping at the border.
Apply the darker shade using a clean brush, leaving some base coat exposed, then let all paint dry. Add a dab of metallic paint to random bricks to accent metal furnishings, if desired.
For professional assistance with this project, reach out to residential painters at companies like AAA Action Painting.