Saturday, February 9, 2013

painted stone fireplace before and after

above is the "before" shot of my fireplace.
i have been dying to change the brown stone on my dated 1970's fireplace...we have lived in our house for over 11 years ...the longest i have ever lived in one home...
last week i mentioned to mr. dan that i would like to try painting over the stone and he immediately said "go for it, i have never liked the brown anyway"!!
what? huh?
  say no more...i was on it!

and here is the "after" shot.
love, love, LOVE it!!

i started by simply washing on a very diluted  mixture of annie sloan chalk paint in  paris grey...
in this shot you can see that i have painted about 2/3 of the stone (the grout too).....
already seeing a huge difference.

here you can see one layer of the wash...but some brown tones were still showing through.

so i added another layer of wash...at this point the brown tones were gone but the stones looked too flat.

so i dry brushed lighter shades of the gray
(just added some white house paint to the grey wash)
 until i liked the effect.

so much better!!

yay!
this easy peasy project took just a few hours and very, very little paint.
what a difference!
what do you think?


erin

57 comments:

Barb Brookbank said...

This is absolutely fabulous and inspiring - I love it!!

Zenitude said...

Wow! An amazing difference, it's softer and blend better with the rest of the room. It looks warmer too. I love it.

oldgreymare said...

I am always amazed at how we all live with things that "bother" us a bit and then "pop" we decide to tackle it, and we are thrilled at the results and astonished how little time and effort it really took after all.
Another "duh" moment for we humans.
SO many projects I wanted to do were put off because I was concerned with "resale" . After 20 years here you would think I would let that go... lol You would think....
The fireplace looks amazing and you've inspired me to review my to do list and see if there is a "fireplace project" in the near future for me.
great job, your magnificent artist's eye wins again <3

Karen Kearney said...

It looks terrific Erin! It is amazing how a simple change can totally affect the feel of the whole space.. I love it too!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Erin,
You have made a such an exquisite transformation.
Now sit back and enjoy!
blessings,
Penny

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks great! Goes perfect with your decor in the room.
I put a lot of things off, because I am afraid to take that first step.
Enjoy your weekend.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

what an amazing difference!!! it looks fabulous, Erin, I really love how you shaded it and kept it looking like stone, not just a solid coat of white!

Razmataz said...

Erin, it is fabulous. Brilliant in fact. I have a similar fireplace in Florida in my bedroom. I was thinking of over grouting it to make the stones less haphazard looking, but seeing this, I think I like this better. Much more suited to a summer house.

Custom Comforts said...

Great makeover and transformation. Looks wonderful Erin.
Cindy

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Stunning! I like the grey wash so much better... Your artist's eye must give you lots of confidence to tackle projects like this...and your end results are inspirational!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love the new look, Erin! Your fireplace looks like it's part of a Scandinavian home now that you've lightened it up. It was a bold move, but the right one! Your art on the mantel looks fabulous, too!

pink*cherub*moon said...

When I first read that you were going to paint the stone, I gasped! I like stone but I must say that I would have preferred it to be grey - and now it is! Greyish-white? Whatever you call it, it's fantastic! So pretty and it still looks natural! Wonderful job! Hugs, Leena

Donna said...

erin,
What a difference! I love the new look. I know it makes the room look bigger.
Hugs,
Donna

Kelly said...

Wowzers...what a difference...beautiful

Carole said...

I love it. I wasn't sure I would because I did like the original but it now looks more like limestone. Being such a great artist helps:)

michele said...

i think i'm in love. beautiful job, erin! it's got that timeless european feel now.

:)
michele

Jeri Landers said...

It is excellent, I never would have thought it could look so natural.You are a genius with this sort of transformation!

Georgianna said...

As always, your projects are gorgeous and inspiring, Erin. I love the change and it so suits your style. And I adore the painting of the birch trees. It's all fresh and serene winter beauty! xo

Debra said...

Gorgeous!

erin said...

thanks ladies!! affirmation is so sweet, when it comes from people i admire so..

Rachel said...

Brave woman! Looks great in your home but I could never do that. I love my natural stone fireplace.

poppilinnstudios said...

Looks great, Erin!

KarenB said...

You did it! It looks beautiful and fits perfectly with your decor! Well done, Erin.
Hugs,
Karen

Debbie Nolan said...

Erin - what a great project and finish. I love it. Have a great week.

Cobalt Violet said...

Wow! I am impressed! That really looks great!

LLH Designs said...

Looks amazing! Can I pay you to come do the same to my orange brick fireplace? Seriously! I've been wanting to give it a try, but I don't really have an artist's touch with a paintbrush. Would love to see mine have this grayish, whitewashed look!

Heaven's Walk said...

Love it love it love it, Erin! It really looks so much better with the pretty pastels in your sweet home. :) I'm surprised that your hubby agreed to it. Usually it's the guys that are horrified at the mere suggestion of painting something! lol!

xoxo laurie

Eclectically Vintage said...

Everyone thinks to paint brick - but painting the stone is genius! Love the lighter look.
Kelly

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

At first when you said you were going to paint it...I was frightened....because I kind of liked it as is...But the way you painted it made all the difference...using the washes of grey and white. It still looks like natural stone just a different color. I see why you are so happy about it. I'd love it if you linked it up at my linky party that I have each week...Mod Mix Monday. I have a party going on now or you can wait till next week.

Carolyn said...

I love it!!!

Carolyn

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I featured your fireplace today on Mod Mix Monday!

The Refeathered Roost said...

Love the transformation! Happy to have found your blog through Mod Vintage Life.
melinda

Olga StarDec said...

Ah... the power of paint is magical! It completely transformed the space!

Mrs. Frog Prince said...

Erin,
I have literally been looking for a tutorial on how to "grey wash/ white wash" our ugly brown 70's fireplace wall for MONTHS. I already loved your blog, and now I love it even more. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all you do. I am going to have to buy some of your art now too. You are an inspiration, and a beautiful person. Keep it up.

Marilyn said...

Erin, this is so perfect with the white look. Nice work!

Diana Chapman said...

I'm inspired. What percentage of paint to water did you use?

erin said...

thanks diana...
about 1/4 cup paris grey + 3/4 cup water.

Stacy said...

This is such a beautiful makeover. You did fabulous work cleaning, painting, and decorating your fireplace and mantel. It is so bright and fresh!

Melanie said...

I LOVE IT! OMG, I have the same fireplace and I have been wanting to rip it out but the hubs loves it. After seeing what you've done maybe I can talk him into this and then I will love the fireplace like he does. THANKS so much for sharing!

Margrette Willis said...

Hi, you did a great job. My fireplace is almost identical to yours and I think painting it will completely change the room and make me happy. How can I share my before and after with you. Thanks

Heather=mc2 said...

Did you happen to prime it first? I want to do this for my fireplace!

Heather=mc2 said...

Did you happen to prime it first? I want to do this for my fireplace!

Nantucket Daffodil...living the good life at Prince Snow Farm said...

Abssolutely love what you have done!

Mary said...

Thanks to your linking with Confessions of a Plate Addict, I have found this super fireplace transformation! I, too, have hated my 70's stone fireplace! My art-ability is obviously not up to yours - but, I had wanted to paint the ugly blackish-grey-brown stones white but I could only imagine a disaster. You have inspired me and given me courage! I WILL do this transformation - Merci beaucoup, Erin~

Jacqueline Todd said...

Can you tell me what house white paint you used?

Unknown said...

Hello, I'm reading this while staring at my huge 70's stone fire place. My question is, what did you dilute the paint with? Straight water? And is any kind of paint ok? Or does it need to be chaulk paint?
Thank you..
Laurie
lauriebrown078@gmail.com

Kristin R said...

Erin, I found this when googling "painting stone" and tried it on my fireplace, which was in desperate shape. I like it, but in my living room, the gray is a little too cool. Any suggestions for softening or warming it up? I'm guessing it is because my stone was not as brown as yours to begin with. I'm considering doing another thin layer with Old White (Annie Sloan) but don't want the stone detail to disappear. Ideas?

Stella Stanyon said...

Thank you!! Have looked everywhere trying to find a technique to use on our very dated 70s stone fireplace (slightly darker than what you started with). I am so glad we didn't paint it (while it's really ugly, it felt sort of wrong to throw straight paint onto it). We can't wait to try this out - thanks again!!

tami orr said...

I have a fireplace in my living room,just like ur's & have been wanting to paint it for sometime now....I have looked @ many pic's,but I love ur look & how u did it...maybe while hubby is at work one day over holidays ,I will give it a try...do u think just using white will be ok,as I have no grey ?

Macy King said...

just wanted to say thank you for posting this I did this on my flag stone fireplace today and it looks amazing I am thrilled with the results and it only cost me about 20 bucks

Macy King said...

just wanted to say thank you for posting this I did this on my flag stone fireplace today and it looks amazing I am thrilled with the results and it only cost me about 20 bucks

Brian Hyatt said...

What do you mean when you say dry brushed???

Just a thought... said...

Why the chaulk paint? Do you think regular ol' interior flat would do or does the chaulk add something in particular that you were hoping for?

erin's art and gardens said...

"dry brush" means....paint that is worked deep into the brush and then almost all removed by brushing onto newspaper or a rag....that is, most of the paint is removed so that the brush is almost dry....hope that helps.

erin's art and gardens said...

i chose chalk paint because i had it on hand from another project and because with chalk paint there is no prepping....no sanding or priming.

Lindsay Lazzarin said...

Thank you so much for this! You have breathed new life into that fireplace, it looks stunning! I too have an incredibly dated stone fireplace that makes me a little insane every time I look at it. There is hope for it yet!

Damron7 said...

Erin, this is beautiful. I have two floor to ceiling stone wall fireplaces with black morter. I hate them and really want to try this. Can you please offer a suggestion on if/what I should do to the black morter first? Thanks!