How To Faux Granite

by THAT Painter Lady

grey-graniteAn artist will very rarely attempt faux granite painting any other than the common fine-grained granites.

The term granite has been used in a very indefinite sense, and in fact signified any granular stone, but it has now a more restricted meaning.

Granites commonly consist of mica, quartz, and hornblende, or feldspar, and two of these minerals are always present, being necessary to compose the rock.

Some varieties of granite contain large crystals or fragments of feldspar, quartz, or hornblende, and these are, as specimens, by far the most beautiful.

According to their predominating colors granites are known as red,gray, white, etc., and have usually the name of the countries from which they come given them in addition.

Granites are best produced using oil based paints. The final stages of using turpentine with the oil based paints is really what makes the granite look “real” and so easy to create.

The background color should consist of the most predominating color, and the rest of the spots are put in by sprinkling or striking the brush against a stick.

When the colors have started to set, but before they have dried and while still partly wet, turpentine should be sparingly sprinkled upon the work, which will cause the spots to spread and run into each other, but it must not be overdone or a mess will result.

Mica Flakes 1 Ounce-antique Bronze

A little fine flaked mica may be sprinkled upon the work after it is finished, also before drying has been completed; this will give more naturalness to the granite imitations;

All granite imitated by the painter, uses the same basic technique, the color of the background is the only thing that is changed. The description for painting faux grey granite is equally applicable to those of other colors.

When the grey background is dry, sprinkle the work fully with a darker colour, formed of white and black, and then in the same manner with pure white.

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Mona Pelz March 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I recently did a faux granite on my kitchen counter tops, they were yellow. I did not use oil base paint but did use an oil base primer, kilz. With a sea sponge I used a dark brown paint and then black with some of the white showing through. My mistake was to use glitter as opposed to the mica flakes because I didn’t know where to find it. When I went to Lowes to buy paint for the kitchen walls, there it was so I intend to lightly sand the glitter from the counter and and add the mica for a smoother feel, otherwise it looks great. My brother in law, who works for Lowes came in and asked me if I had bought the counters from Lowes, he didn’t believe me at first that it was paint. Everything I had read prior suggested resin,epoxy or a water based poly because oil based poly left water spots, though they do go away, as the final finish.

THAT Painter Lady March 30, 2009 at 5:32 pm

This is really good information Mona. Would love to see pictures of the final project. I used one of those “bar top” thick finishes on my last faux granite project. I was a bit of a challenge to apply… but turned out so wonderful. The granite is a bar top used commercially… so it had to have a finish that would hold up to lot’s of wear and tear. BTW – bar top coating is expensive. So if you don’t have to use it…. don’t go for the extra expense.

The water based polycrylic for the top coat works just as well. :0)

Mona Pelz March 31, 2009 at 1:10 am

How do I submit a picture?

THAT Painter Lady April 2, 2009 at 12:31 am

Hi Mona… send me pictures to You are so sweet! thanks.. Debra

Mona Pelz April 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

My reason for using water based paints was because I live in the north and not being able to open my house for fresh air, with having animals also is just was the best alternative. I did send a before and after photo but you really can’t see the detail of the painting but I think it looks better in real life. When I applied the first coat of water based poly I brushed it on with the glitter, then used spray for the next coats.

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