Painted flagstone floors–a diy tutorial
Okay, so by now, all of your stones are painted in, and the floor is starting to look good. Almost done! Now you need to do some detail work.
I know, it seems all I’ve done is make texture since the beginning. But texture is very important here. You probably know each of your stones personally by now. If you get down and look even closer at them, you will see gouges, bumps, cuts, and other marks.
If you read my faux brick how-to, then you know what comes next. Its time to accentuate all those blemishes. You will need to dilute (I love diluted paint, by the way, could you tell?) some paint. Dark brown for all the brown rocks, lighter brown for whitish or tan rocks, and black for dark grey rocks.
Pull out a smallish craft paint brush, and start dabbing darker paint into all the crevices. Blend it outwards so that the darkest paint is in the “shadow” area and the lighter shade is farther out onto the rock. Think of each bump as a small cliff. You are painting a shadow under that cliff.
Now poke some darker paint into any holes, crannies, cuts, or gouges. dab away any paint that gets on the surface around these area.
#2.. Edges You can skip adding edges to your stones. Shadowing the grout will be enough. But I wanted a slightly harder edge.
There is no easy way to do this. I got down on my hands and knees with a tiny paint brush and painted an incredibly thin line of dark brown or dark grey around each stone. Make the line thicker in some places, and skip some sections to make the shadowing look more realistic. A slid black line all around your stone will make it look like a cartoon.
For this part, you will need a small bowl. You are going to mix a grey that is SLIGHTLY darker than the grout color. You will need to test this on a small section first. When the paint dries, it should be just darker. Not too much darker, not too faint. This too, should be diluted to make a nice wash.
Once you get a grey that satisfies you, proceed to wash a thin line around each rock, brushing outwards from the stone. Use light, feathery strokes. This makes the stones pop up.
Lets recap for a minute. The stones were painted using a darker paint nearest the edges, to represent a degree of beveling. Then a thin shadow line was painted to create a crisp edge. And lastly, the grout was painted to look like the stones were standing slightly about the base coat.
That should pretty much take care of your stones. But do take a day away from them before moving on to the varnish. Look at them frequently to make sure you are happy with each one. If not…its easy to repaint! (Much easier than replacing a real stone!)