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Glazed Stone Blocks

The glazed stone look, with its natural variation and its dark grout lines, adds dramatic depth and old world charm to any room. When you're ready to try this technique in your home, let ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape guide you to rock-solid results.





  • Plan your block pattern by creating a drawing to scale
  • Purchase 2-4 glaze colors, to give blocks natural variation
  • Make sure wall is clean, dust-free and completely dry



Step By Step Guide:

Step 1: Mask Trim

Accent Shapes

Mask all woodwork, tile, countertops, cabinets and trim with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Advanced Delicate Surface.

Step 2: Paint Basecoat

Paint Basecoat

Paint the basecoat over the entire wall and let it dry for 24 hours.

Step 3: Draw Pattern

Create Templates

Measure the blocks and use a straight edge and a pencil to lightly sketch out the entire block pattern.

Step 4: Mask First Set

Draw Outlines

For set one, you'll paint and glaze every other block. Tape around each square that you'll be painting, making sure to overlap the pencil mark by about 1/8 inch.

Step 5: Paint First Set

Mask Shapes

Use a brush to apply paint / glaze mix to a block. Dab your sponge in another colored glaze, then lightly dab sponge around the block to create a mottled, textured look. Do this for each block masked for set one. Let it dry for 24 hours.

Step 6: Mask Second Set

Seal Edges

For set two, mask the glazed blocks 1/8 inch on the inside edges of the final blocks. Hint: grout lines are created by the overlap of the blocks.

Step 7: Paint Second Set

Paint Shapes

Use a brush to apply paint / glaze mix to a block. Dab your sponge in another colored glaze, then lightly dab sponge around the block to create a mottled, textured look. Do this for each block masked for set two. Let it dry for 24 hours.

Step 8: Remove Tape

Remove Tape

Remove tape at a 45° angle. If adhesive begins to transfer, use a 90° angle. If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut along the painted tape edge.

Helpful Hints


  • Before you begin your project, determine the size of your block pattern. Sketch your vision on paper, drawn to scale. This will give you a blueprint of how big the blocks should be and how they will fit onto your wall.
  • Use tape to bring your vision to life and see it come together – before you paint.


  • Start by planning the colors for the basecoat and glazes. Select 2-4 related glaze colors so that each block will have natural color variations.
  • Before you purchase the paint and glazes, consider bringing home paint swatches or samples, to see how the selected colors will work with your furnishings.


Resist the Urge to Stretch

Resist the Urge to Stretch

When masking any surface, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time. Avoid stretching the tape, as this can cause it to lift up or break.

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Seal the edge of the tape with the basecoat color. This helps the tape adhere and gives you clean, sharp, professional paint lines.

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