Refreshing the Face Of Our Fireplace

It was time. I was so sick of looking at this busy, textured wall. Although I love the stone and the shiplap wall – the two of them together tucked under a lower roof and next to drywall it was becoming too much for my personal taste. I really wanted to reface the fireplace – but with a limited budget currently I was left with very limited options. So I decided to try my hand at painting our fireplace. It was tedious and time consuming, but I am really pleased with the results. 


{Before Painting}

Prep – I first did some research on how to properly prep and paint my fireplace. Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton of information on how to achieve this new look. But I did find some helpful sites listed below. 

DIY Fireplace Refresh with painted stone & live edge mantle- great tips on how to!

How to paint brick and stone (click through for tutorial)

Based on my research, I started with a steel brush and scrubbing my fireplace without any liquid. I then washed the fireplace with a vinegar and water solution. I did use a towel to gently dry the fireplace and help remove any remaining bits of mortar, stone and dirt. I then looked for cracks and imperfections to fix before I moved on. I let the fireplace dry for 24 hours before continuing. 

Primer – It is very important to find the right primer and sealer in order to make sure your fireplace is painted properly. I looked for one that was specific to masonry and allowed me to top the primer with whatever type of paint I chose. While using the primer, I realized that a brush was not going to get into all the crooks in the mortar. I ended up using a big sponge and a masonry roller as well. I did two coats of primer and it was definitely needed. 


Paint – I chose a regular latex paint for our top coats. I chose a semi-gloss finish to help with the wear and tear of the paint and ease of cleaning. I also ended up using a big sponge and masonry roller as well to accomplish the painting of the fireplace. I ended up only needing to do one coat of paint on the stones, but need two coats on the mantle. 


Although I think this was a drastic change and it has taken some getting used to – I do think I achieved my desired effect. The wall is less chaotic and has been simplified. The white has also greatly brightened up the room and pulled the focus of the room into the correct location. Although it was very tedious to complete this project, I would definitely do it again. 


Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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