Stone Fireplace Upgrade Ideas

LoraniumSeptember 5, 2012

Ok, so here is my fireplace - I hate it! I need suggestions b/c my husband (who will be doing the work) wants to keep the old stone but give it a fresh look. We both do not like the color of the stone (it has a pink tone to it), but we are unsure what painting it will look like. I am not a huge fan of the painted fireplace look, but the color is just not our taste. The room will be a nice cheery yellow (soft and bright).

Our original idea was to tile over the stone, but that idea may not work since the stone is quite dimensional. We are going to beef up the mantel and paint it white. We would like to put white beams going down the mantel but are unsure how to bolt them in securely (we don't want to extend them to the wall b/c the fireplace is quite large as is, and it would be a bonus to cover some of the unloved stone). We are also ordering a piece of granite for the hearth, and thinking something dark would look good, but again - suggestions on this color would help. We are putting in new black doors as well.

What should we do? Is there a way to make this fireplace a show stopper while keeping the originality of the stone work? Or should we tear the whole thing out and build a basic new one w/ tile, mantel, etc.? Help!

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I had a similar situation with a field stone fireplace, it was all dark grays. Someone in this forum showed a photo of their whitewashed fireplace. It was great so I looked for directions and did mine. In addition to the white, I made up watery solutions of tans and creams. It looks fantastic now. Here are the directions. You can use google images and write in white washed fireplaces to see many of them.

Here is a link that might be useful: fireplace

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 11:31AM
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This is a great idea! Thank you! I assume we will need to clean the fireplace really well before painting? We still need to clean w/ vinegar to remove the black (the previous home owners forgot to open the fireplace when they started a fire once and the front darkened a bit. We heard white vinegar is the way to go - anyone know of a better way?

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 12:49PM
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Instead of putting in doors, what about a FP screen instead? They come in many different styles which helps to showcase the FP.

Before you do anything to the stone, I'd do the screen, mantel, and hearth first. Those three alone could make it a showstopper, along with decor on top of the mantel.

My FP stone is close to the same color as your's, and it took me a few years to discover that cream colored accessories look the best on top.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 1:04PM
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Here is a thread with several examples of transformed fireplaces including about halfway down someone who covered over their fieldstone.

I think a black hearth would look very good with black fireplace doors. We put in a black granite (probably actually basalt) with our black firebox.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 3:52PM
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Here's the tutorial on how to do it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tute

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 6:55PM
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I like the fireplace and think the changes you have planned will improve the appearance enough and you will like it much better. Also, once the walls are painted it will not seem like such an eyesore. Choose wall paint that will not enhance the color of the stone...wah lah :)

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 8:19PM
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I would try cleaning it and taking off the doors first before I did anything.

The yellow you are thinking of for the walls is going to make it look a LOT pinker, so you might want to rethink that, since it will do the exact opposite of what you would like.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 9:13PM
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Ok - so first, thank you to all of you for your suggestions! We 1st painted the wall the fireplace was on and we are unsure of the color. I absolutely love yellow b/c it makes me happy, but please tell me if it "goes". We did the fireplace and are SO happy with it! These pics don't do it justice, b/c you can't see all the different colors it has, it looks like a brand new fireplace! The first pic is the wall color, then the 2nd is mid-fireplace, and the 3rd shows what we have as of now (the walls look darker in this pic b/c it was 11:00 last night!). We have to get a door (black?) and the hearth. We are thinking of doing black galaxy granite for the hearth and black granite tile in front of the fireplace (just a row to help w/ popping ambers). We are doing white baseboards, and light colored carpet in the room.

Does anyone have any suggestions for the granite/tile/walls that would look better than our ideas? Bring 'em on! And thank you!

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 8:49AM
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Looks great what a change. No suggestions I will just sit back and enjoy the changes. I learn a lot on this forum.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 9:32AM
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I like it. That particular wall color seems to pull out some golder undertones in the painted stone.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 11:11AM
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Wow! That is soooooo nice!

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 12:12PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Wow...what a transformation. Only thing is I would think about a paler hearth....more in line with the mantle and with the light woodwork and carpet.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 2:41PM
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