How To Make a Dated Fireplace Fabulous and Then Some

I promised you earlier this week that I would share some of the details from my recent coastal living room makeover, so let’s start with the amazing fireplace makeover!  Most of you know that you can paint brick, but have you ever thought about painting stone?

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My client thought there was no hope for her dated orangey-brown fireplace, but that just wasn’t the case!  Anything can be painted, and we decided to transform the existing stone fireplace by painting the stones in varying shades of gray and white.  Again, this was the way the fireplace looked before we started:

Fireplace Before

 

I enlisted the help of faux painter extraordinaire, Heather Spriggs, to help change this fireplace for the better.  I chose three shades of Benjamin Moore latex paint for the job:  Cloud Cover, Athena, and Apparition.  Heather alternated dry brushing and ragging on the colors until the orange was vanquished and a whole new fireplace emerged.

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Painted Fireplace Makeover 

 

Previously, there was another item in the room that stuck out like a sore thumb.  This distressed black hutch was a great piece, but it just didn’t work into the scheme of the room.  

Rustic Hutch Before 

 

Using Benjamin Moore’s Apparition and a heavy hand, I painted and distressed the piece so that a little of the black would show through and the whole piece would tie in with the new fireplace, without looking matchy-matchy.  You know how I feel about matchy-matchy, right?

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 Rustic Hutch After, Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

Did you notice the plates on the wall?  We gathered some of my clients white platters, and I created an arrangement on the floor before I hung them.

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 White Plates and Platters

 

Here is how it came together to create a cohesive, peaceful look.  

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 The Decorologist Living Room Design, Photo by Melanie G. Photography

 

Did you have any idea that you could paint natural stone?  Well, now you know!

 

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Karin Hensley
Karin Hensley
8 years ago

Kristie,
I love the hutch!! Great painting job!!

Barbara
8 years ago

You’re absolutely right! I would have never thought to paint stone, as you did here. Excellent color choices and application! You did a great job on the hutch as well. Bravo!

Mary
Mary
8 years ago

Great idea with the fireplace and hutch!

Did you also paint the mortar or just the stone? The mortar looks gray in the before pic and a rusty colour afterwards.

Rory
Rory
8 years ago

That fireplace looks great! Did you just use latex, no primer? How do you hang the platters on the wall?

Paula Van Hoogen
Paula Van Hoogen
8 years ago

This fireplace transformation is amazing, Kristie! I am so glad you archive everything, so that I can show someone here in the future–in the mountains—every home has a fireplace….Question:how did you choose the colors to sponge the stone?
Did you find a good representation outdoors somewhere and use your color chips?
The whole room feels fresh and really INVITING now. Wonderful work!!! Thanks for sharing it.

Paula Van Hoogen
Paula Van Hoogen
8 years ago

Well, you really did achieve the vision.( And,yes, I would love to see your inspiration board!)
You captured a coastal look ,which seems to be about sun bleached and weather-worn things found on the beach. I think the so called ‘country” look waning and in it’s place a “nature” feel, for those so inclined. I’m actually thinking of aiming that way a bit with my new scheme in my own LR–not in a coastal way, but in a sophisticated “forest” way.

Colleen
Colleen
8 years ago

So much better, the whole room looks great! I love your talent!

Michelle Conner
8 years ago

What colors does one use to get the green/brown weathered look?

Courtney
8 years ago

Looks great~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Amy
Amy
7 years ago

Love this so much! I started this project today because our fireplace looks identical to the original with the exception of our grout. It is black…yuck! What color would you recommend painting the grout? When painting the stones it got on the grout so we have to do something about it. Any advice would be so helpful! Thank you!

Amy
Amy
7 years ago

Sounds prefect! Thank you for your advice! Love your website and all the amazing colors!

Rachel
Rachel
7 years ago

Love the fireplace! Mine is the exact color and I am wanting to paint it as well. Can you tell me if you mixed all three colors and did you add water? My painter never did this before, so I am afraid for him to do it. I may do it myself. Did you paint one coat or two? Also, did you start blotting right away? Thanks!!

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Connie
Connie
7 years ago

Can you tell me about her wood floors,, type of wood and stan? I love them. you did a great job in this room!

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I love the frame and the flower vase. Both actually make the fireplace look so adorable. Love the decorations. Now I have a couple of ideas on how to decorate my living room firepace.

Nicki
Nicki
7 years ago

What color are the walls? So beautiful. Thanks!

Barb
Barb
6 years ago
Reply to  Nicki

I would love to know the wall color as we’ll! This room is lovely; ours is the before version now.

Beth Martin
Beth Martin
7 years ago

I know I am a little late but I hate my faux marble fireplace.  do you have ideas on updating those?  

I have just discovered your blog.  Already have gotten some great ideas.   

Beth

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Vicki
Vicki
5 years ago

I LOVE it all – I am going to do some painting on my brick wall — and sand down my orangey wood parquet floors and stain them a non orange hickory – looking for a grayish dark brown effect. I LOVE the blue walls – the perfect hue- Do you remember the paint shade?

Norma
Norma
5 years ago

Can chalk paint be used to paint an exterior stone front on my porch?

Norma
Norma
5 years ago

Ooops! I guess this fireplace was not chalk paint, but interior latex. So can exterior latex be used for an outdoor stone facing on my house?

Cheree
Cheree
4 years ago

Is there a great article/video with step by step on how to paint his yourself? Im in the same spot with a new home….painted all white fireplace….and this is just what Ive been looking for! Something cheap and daily easy to do! Your transformation was amazing!!

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Cassandra
Cassandra
4 years ago

Did you finish the fireplace with a polyurethane or anything to prevent scratching or chipping of the piant? Just curious. I am fixing to tackle my fireplace. Wish me luck!

Erin
Erin
3 years ago

I have a stone entryway floor. Very outdated, very orange, gold and brown, and remarkably similar to the before pictures of this fireplace. Do you know of anything that would protect the paint from chipping off or wearing thin if I tried this technique on the floor? Just curious!

Lori
Lori
8 months ago

How did you hang the platters on the wall?

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