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Creating a Travertine Stone with One Step Paint

Creating a Travertine Stone with One Step Paint

, by Danielle Knip, 3 min reading time

Discover the art of transforming your surfaces into stunning faux travertine stone masterpieces with the expert guidance of finisher and designer Amy Howard! In this tutorial, Amy reveals the secrets of using One Step Paint to achieve the timeless elegance of travertine, ideal for enhancing the tops of mid-century modern furniture pieces. Whether you're revitalizing furniture, decor, or architectural elements, Amy's techniques will empower you to create luxurious finishes that elevate any space. Join us as we delve into the craft of turning ordinary surfaces into extraordinary works of art!

Amy Howard Home Products:

Other Supplies:

  • Plain Newsprint Paper

Step 1: Apply the Base Coat

Using a foam roller, meticulously apply two coats of Bauhaus Buff to your surface. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly for approximately one hour.


Step 2: Prepare the Surface

Using a sponge brush, saturate the surface with water to maintain a consistently moist environment for subsequent steps.

Step 3: Create and Apply the Glaze

Prepare a glaze by combining 1 part Glazed Over, 1 part water, and 1 part Serengeti Gray to achieve a fluid consistency. 


Apply the glaze evenly using a chip brush, employing smooth and deliberate strokes.

To enhance texture, create splatter effects by gently knocking two chip brushes together.

Finish by dragging a dry chip brush across the surface to simulate natural stone markings.

Step 4: Create A Texturizing Tool 

Create a specialized texturing tool by folding plain newsprint paper into an accordion shape.

Press this tool horizontally onto the surface to create intricate patterns and depth. You can only use your paper a few times so it doesn't become a positive tool.

Step 5: Add more depth

Create splatter effects by gently knocking two chip brushes together with a little bit of your paint glaze.

Then, use a chip brush dipped in water to create controlled water droplets across the surface by knocking it against another brush to achieve desired effects.

Step 6: Apply the Finishing Touch

Finish off your surface with a coat of Bright Idea Lacquer to create a luxurious, glossy finish.

The Final Reveal!


Want to see more stunning transformations? Join the Before and After Facebook Group to see how people just like you are flipping furniture, saving money, and Enjoying the Bragging Rights. You can also follow us on Facebook and get alerts when Amy goes live with her next project! 



  • Does it work for something that has been crackled? Or do you have to strip it first


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