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Earlier than and After: Fire Makeover

My newest fire makeover! And it didn’t price me a dime.

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painted white fireplace with many plants and books, iim a living room space

Right now’s fire makeover is making me tremendous pleased as a result of it not solely brightened up this house, it additionally didn’t price me any cash in anyway! Let me return to the start for a second although…

So! The fireside was in all probability the very very first thing I observed once we walked via our home for the primary time (earlier than we owned it, for a exhibiting). It appeared gigantic, particularly for the scale of the room. However I cherished that it made an announcement. I didn’t, nonetheless, love the look of all of the gray stone. Particularly together with the grayish-toned flooring.

Quick ahead previous first impressions, to really making a suggestion on the home after which shopping for it, and I knew I’d wish to make some adjustments to this entrance room fairly rapidly. And because the fire was one of many first stuff you see once you stroll within the entrance door, it was much more necessary (to me) for it to really feel extra like one thing I’d have chosen(ish).

Sooner or later, we plan to really resurface the fireside, make all of it very easy, and bump out the mantle to accommodate massive vegetation, stacked paintings, books, and many others.

However for now, we have been capable of obtain nearly the whole lot I need in that future renovation with a gallon of paint and a full day of portray. AND (bonus) as soon as all of the portray was completed, I found out a approach so as to add a bunch of vegetation, books, and paintings anyway. Even with out a deeper mantle. So, this earlier than and after fire makeover seems like a giant win for me.

Fire Makeover (The Earlier than)

Earlier than we get too far alongside right here, let me present you what it seemed like earlier than (this was just a few days earlier than we moved in)…

giant ledger rock fireplace in empty house with white walls

empty house with ledger rock fireplace

And the ‘after’ photographs…

painted white stone fireplace with large plants and books

Why I Painted Our Stone Fire

I do know some folks received’t love that I painted over the stone. And that’s completely superb. I don’t love each alternative I see in different folks’s properties both. The necessary factor is that you love the alternatives in your personal residence.

I personally love how the fireside seems now. It provides texture, whereas remaining impartial and most significantly (to me), it provides a variety of mild to the house by reflecting white all through.

Earlier than the darkish stone felt prefer it was sucking up all of the pure mild within the room, if that is smart. Now, with the paint paint on each the fireside and the partitions, your complete room feels lighter and brighter to me. Which makes me smile.

halfway painted stacked stone fireplace in white, with text overlay

How do you paint a stone fire?

Disclaimer: I’m sharing how I painted my fire and I hope it helps you, however I’m not a fire professional. I’m a DIYer. Do your analysis earlier than portray a working fire, since there may be excessive warmth concerned when it’s in use.

Supplies

  • inside paint (latex)
  • 3 inch paint brush (or 2 inch should you can’t discover something bigger)
  • paint curler and paint cowl (when you have any flat surfaces to cowl, like a mantle or fireside)
  • painters tape
  • rag for cleansing
  • putty knife (elective)

Fire Makeover How To

Use a rag to throughly clear any mud or particles that could be on the floor of your fire.

Then, tape off any areas with painters tape that want it. In my case, I solely have to tape off the underside of the fireplace, the place it meets the ground, because the partitions have been being painted the identical colour as the fireside.

From there, portray is fairly straight ahead. I began within the center, simply randomly. No motive to do this actually. If you wish to get the grasp of portray the stone / rock first, I’d suggest training on the aspect of the fireside or a small space first, if wanted.

It is vitally straightforward although. Simply takes some elbow grease to get a paint brush into the crevices. With some stone fireplaces there aren’t any cracks or crevices to get into, however with mine (which is ledger rock), there have been many, MANY areas like that.

I used a 3 inch paint brush for nearly your complete undertaking. You might additionally use a two inch brush, however I in all probability wouldn’t go in smaller than that as a result of it’s time consuming.

For the fireplace and mantle, which had bigger, flat stone, I used a paint curler (3/8 inch nap for easy surfaces). Painted one coat, waited for it to totally dry (in a single day) after which painted a second coat after scraping away all of the paint drips that had collected with a putty knife.

scraping paint drips off of white fireplace hearth, with a putty knife

painted stacked stone fireplace with ladder in front of it

What sort of paint ought to I take advantage of?

I learn a bunch of how-tos from varied websites earlier than beginning this undertaking to ensure I used to be doing issues ‘the suitable approach’. Based mostly on what I’ve learn, inside paint is okay for a fireside makeover, so long as it’s latex paint (not oil primarily based). Latex paint is breathable.

*Observe that latex paint is barely okay for the outside space of the fireside. In case you are portray the inside / firebox itself, you need to use a excessive warmth or excessive temp paint.

It is usually really helpful that you simply use a masonry primer first, earlier than portray the fireside the colour that you really want. I skipped that step as a result of I didn’t have it readily available and thus far, so good. BUT I’m mentioning it right here so you understand that others have really helpful it.

Paint colour: I picked Chantilly Lace in a flat end by Benjamin Moore because the paint, which I used to be already utilizing for the remainder of the inside. And is why this undertaking didn’t price me something. I already had the paint and all of the provides from different portray tasks.

painted white stone fireplace with plants and large neutral artwork

Is that this room full now?

I wouldn’t say the house is ‘full’ by any means. We nonetheless want so as to add lighting in right here (overhead and scones flanking the tv), I’ve to complete portray the unique window frames black, and I’m hoping to get new flooring in right here soonish as effectively.

However the fire itself is completed for now. Till we transfer onto part two, which possible received’t be for a yr or two. Not a prime precedence in the meanwhile. 

We’ve further plans in right here too, relying on finances and a few structural issues. In an excellent world, I’d LOVE to ultimately add big bi-fold glass doorways the place the home windows at present are. Those that fold open and closed type of like an accordion. You realize what I’m speaking about?

And I additionally would like to vault the ceilings in right here. We’ve really spoken to a contractor about it already although and it doesn’t appear to be it’s going to be potential in right here due to the roof and the helps.

However I haven’t absolutely given up hope but. It will really make this house really feel a lot greater and it made such a drastic distinction in our eating room. So, I’d simply LOVE to do this in right here as effectively.

stacked stone fireplace, painted white with plants and organic modern decor

Apart From Portray, What Else Has Been Accomplished?

Portray the Partitions

Along with portray the fireside, the entire partitions on this room have been painted as effectively (similar colour as fire). To me, this helped tone down the fireside, so it doesn’t visually overwhelm the room. I nonetheless suppose it seems like a focus, nevertheless it’s just a bit softer now, which I personally get pleasure from.

Skylights

One other factor that has actually helped this house feel and look ‘higher’ for me is the additional pure mild! You’ll be able to’t see any skylights on this room, however there are 5 fastened skylights (all from Velux, which I extremely, extremely suggest) on our entrance porch, instantly out of the large home windows to the left. We added these across the similar time we had our roof redone and it has actually helped so as to add further mild in right here.

You is perhaps questioning why we wouldn’t have simply added skylight into the lounge ceiling, versus the porch. And that’s query. Consider me! I wished to! I WANTED TO SO BAD.

BUT our roof is exclusive in the truth that it has a ‘hat’ on it (like a Mansard fashion roof, but additionally type of not like a Mansard roof). And that ‘hat’ sits proper over our front room, which implies there isn’t a approach for the skylights to go on the roof that might deliver them via this room.

I brainstormed each which approach I might with the contractor to get skylights into this house. But it surely simply wasn’t within the playing cards.

SO we did the subsequent smartest thing, which was including skylights to the porch. Our home windows are fairly massive in right here and we’ve got very elongated eaves on our entrance porch, so having the skylights has introduced a variety of mild into this house that we in any other case would by no means have had.

The eaves block a stunning quantity of solar. However now, with the skylights put in, a lot mild is ready to are available in via the window. It’s been superior.

painted white stone fireplace in boho modern living room, with text overlay

large plants on painted white fireplace hearth of stacked stone

white painted fireplace made of stone with modern rocking chair and large plants throughout the room

Have another questions I can reply? Let me know within the feedback and I’ll make sure you reply.

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