Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Revamping a Tired Stone Fireplace

My client's home has an amazing living room with high ceilings and lots of light. In the corner of the room, there is a large floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. It's a beautiful fireplace, but the color of the stone makes that area of the room appear dark. 

I would never want to get rid of the stone entirely, so I've been investigating the idea of painting the stone a whitewashed grey or white to look aged. I was inspired by this tutorial and "after" photo from The Decorologist.


I love the simple wooden mantel, and I think using a piece of reclaimed wood would add to the laid-back, rustic coastal feel of my client's living room. Painting the stone would allow the white marble that surrounds the firebox to blend better because right now it looks out of place with the rustic, "manly" looking color and nature of the stone. 
I think I would leave the painting up to a professional rather than doing it myself. I can paint furniture, walls, and doors, but I have no expertise in painting stone! 

Have you ever painted stone or slate? What was the level of difficulty? I'd love some ideas!

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