Refurbish your Fireplace.

Hey, ya’ll so I finally painted my fireplace.  I have now lived in my house for 6 months, the whole time hating my fireplace and not knowing what to do about it.  I found one cold wintery weekend I needed a project I could complete with kids in tow.  I laid my eyes on the fireplace and knew it was time to give it a refresh. I decided to paint my fireplace after reading and watching many tutorials on painting stone fireplaces.   I am very happy with the update a fresh coat of paint can offer.  Honestly, sometimes I feel a fresh coat of paint can fix just about anything!! Without further ado here are my before, during and after pics…..

 

While in my wildest dreams I would like a complete renovation (of just about everything in my house) I find this update an improvement.  I feel it lightens and brightens my family room with a clean crisp feeling.  It also helps to tie in my furniture much more than the dated fireplace.  While my husband wasn’t on board with this project, (protested from the minute I mentioned it) I think he will admit how updated the fireplace now looks.

The process was pretty quick and painless, not to mention inexpensive.  So why not give it a try right?? Here are the few simple steps I followed:

  1. I washed down my stone with a wet rag to remove the dust and dirt.
  2. Stone is very porous so you will want to continue to keep the stone moist throughout the painting process.  I did this by misting the stone with a spray bottle periodically.
  3. I started to coat the first layer of paint in the grout lines only.  You will need to apply several layers to the grout as it is the most porous.  I applied two coats of paint with a polyester paint brush making sure to let every coat fully dry before applying the second coat.
  4. After two coats applied to the grout lines, I then used a 1/2′ nappy roller (the nappier the better for the porous stone) to apply my two coats all over the stone fireplace.
  5. The last step was to go through with my polyester paintbrush and fill spots and grooves that needed extra coverage.

This project took me about 4 hours but without kids needing snacks (who knew kids needed so many snacks?) I could have this completed in 2 hours.

The paint I used for my fireplace is the same color that I used on my walls; Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.  I love this white color as it adds a dimension that most whites can’t.  It can go warm or cool depending on your surrounding tone.  I also chose to use the same color as the walls for a more tonal effect which is one of the biggest paint trends for 2019.  A complete sophisticated look that makes “staying in the lines” a thing of the past.  However, I did change the base of my paint from a satin finish used on the walls to an eggshell finish for the fireplace.  Fireplaces shouldn’t be shiny so more of a matte look is what is needed.  Walls that need to be easily cleaned (if you have kids you know what I am talking about) need more of a finish that can wipe clean.

 

I am considering painting my wood mantlepiece a black (color unknown at this time) to complement the fireplace insert for a more unified look.  I would love to hear what you think? Black or no black??  Have you updated your fireplace without a complete renovation?? I would love to hear from you all on your update journeys, so please share with me any ideas or opinions as well as completed projects.  Creative expression is much more fun when you have someone to share it with.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

 

P.s. here is a sneak peek into my next project over at house chaos….

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