Why and how I painted my Fireplace

Last week I shared my five top reasons to paint your fireplace. So, this week I had no choice but to PAINT MY FIREPLACE. Boy, I’m so glad I took my own advice! I love it and want to share with you just how I did it.

Good information regarding painting your fireplace and making it new.

As I stated in my previous post, no lack of information exists regarding fireplace painting. I came across a plethora of instructions on Pinterest and elsewhere. The steps varied from quick and easy to very time consuming and detailed. The different methods boiled down to…

The Super Involved Process: Clean it, paint grout one color, paint bricks/stone one by one several different colors.

The Involved Process: Clean it, paint grout one color, paint brick/stone one by one a different degree of opaqueness.

The Pretty Easy Process: Clean it, paint one color, dry brush on another color.

The Seriously Easy Process: Clean it, paint one color. 

The definition of “clean it” ranged from cleaning with household cleaners, to wiping down, to vacuum only or any combination of the aforementioned. Also, the paint used included latex, chalk paint or masonry paint. Some chose to prime and seal. Some didn’t.

How to bring back the original color of fireplace stone with same stone with paint.

Comparison of same stones on front of house.

Goal setting

My goal was to match the original stone color like that on the front of my house. Over time the stone on the fireplace yellowed and darkened. I think that was due to a sealer the builder applied and due to use over the past twenty years. Also, this area of the house receives poor lighting most of the day so the stone appears even darker.

Using the right paint brush can make painting your fireplace even easier.

Tape off the edge then butt up a towel along tape to catch splatters. Use a cheap chip brush. A regular paint brush hold too much wash causing lots of runs.

Change of plans

I chose the Pretty Easy Process but changed it a bit in the end. Instead of dry brushing, I brushed on a second wash in a different color on the stones only. I made the wash with Sherwin Williams latex sample paints I had called Piedmont and Buff. I used one part paint to two parts water ratio. The Pretty Easy Process developed into The Involved Process. Oh well, best laid plans…

How paint can change the look of a dreary fireplace.

Stage one is shown at bottom after one coat of the wash. I could have stopped here but wanted a bit more variance between grout and stone. Second and final stage is shown on top after applying a wash of a slightly different color to stones only.

If you're wondering whether or not to paint your fireplace you should just do it. You'll be amazed at the difference. I was!

I am totally in-love with the change. I knew painting that old fireplace would make a huge difference. I’m so happy I finally got up the nerve to do it!

Now on to redecorating the mantel!

Have you painted your fireplace or any other brick or stone work? How did it turn out?

Share your thoughts ! I love your company!

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