Yesterday I started painting our stone fireplace. My goal is to neutralize the multicolored stones with a single color, giving me a cleaner palette to work with when I decorate for the seasons. Paint has always been my friend when it comes to giving my house a fresh, new look. When I built this house in 2005, I chose this stone. But over time the mantel became harder to blend in with my current decorating style.
How to Paint a Stone Fireplace
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As I researched how to paint a stone fireplace, most tutorials talk about painting brick fireplaces or the old 60’s and 70’s style rounded stone fireplaces. But not many people are painting the more contemporary stacked stone fireplaces like mine, so I’m winging it a bit. I don’t think a white stone fireplace will work, but I love so many of them that I see on the web. For a natural look, I decided my first step was to choose the lightest stone color as a base coat to neutralize the multicolored stone. If I like how the base coat looks, I will stop there. If not, I could continue by adding depth by sponging on lighter or darker paint as needed to bring out the natural textures in the stone until I get the effect I want. This post is all about that base coat, once this is finished I’ll let it grow on me to see how I like it.
This is how far I’ve come, this is about 3.5 hours worth of work. The sides are finished all the way up to where I stopped just under the lights.
What paint to use?
Sometimes the the best color palettes are the paints you already have. I chose a color that was similar to the mortar between the stones to make things easier. I used 1.5 inch nylon brush in a circular motion along with a watered down paint similar to the consistency between milk and buttermilk, the color is Decoart in the color Grey Taupe. I only used 16 oz and this paint gave me full coverage. I didn’t sponge off because I wanted the color to be consistent on all of the stones. Because stone is porous there is really no sheen. It soaks in and is high coverage.
As I mentioned, we are going to let this project sit a few days to see how we like it. If we need a second step, it’ll probably involve dry-brushing to add more depth and dimension to make the stone pop a bit more. I’ll provide more pictures in this post as the project unfolds, and may post a video on Youtube as well.
I really wanted a pretty, neutral fireplace that I could change up each season. I’m looking forward to some fall decorating. Today I thought I’d just pop in with a quick update!