The restyled fireplace looks classic and natural with a touch of Old World charm. It blends in nicely with the stones and doesn’t detract from them. Please don’t stain the ceiling. Whitewash Your Brick or Stone Fireplace With CHALK PAINT® - Chalk It Up Norcross If you have thought about brightening up your brick or stone fireplace, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is your answer! I vote for painting the stone. It’s the schmear that kept me here. Oh, and when looking at the mantle options, I feel that because the floor colour is so off in those examples, none of them really works. Pour one bag of stucco mix (base coat) into a large mixing container. (this is a listing photo from when we bought, so not our furnishings. Before we left, I held them up to see if any of these could help guide our decision on what to do with the mantel. We get it… Ads are annoying. The stone looks great with the ceiling as is. 3.) I just wish one were darker and lighter. Scrub the surface with a stiff-bristle scrub brush. Time to google it. A normal repair and restoration of a marble fireplace like this would involve removing the fireplace from site. Wow, the German Schmear technique really worked on that stone. And then I asked him if this was definitely how you schmear and he acted as if he had never heard the phrase before. Black ceilings and whitewashed stone would be stunning! To enhance the stones' natural color and brilliance, you can easily stain them yourself. I love all the mountain house content and wish you could share even more about it – this whole series has been fantastic. The Cost. 4. Today, we’re going to go over the best way to whitewash your stone fireplace. I vote yes! We had a perfectly functioning fireplace. I actually like #4 and #5 on the fireplace as is, but I really think the flooring needs to be done before you can get the full picture on the mantle. Google “stone fireplace mantel” to see what the other options are. I love that you worked with it and made it into something so beautiful. And PLEASE don’t go black on the ceiling! Good luck and I’m sure it will turn out great. I think it looks really strange, no matter the material/color. I think the mantel question isn’t the stone or the mantel, it’s the ceiling…. I love it. Fireplace looks great and for such a low price!!! A black stain on the ceiling could really be a contrast! Oh – and I forgot to add – I’m pretty sure the last picture isn’t painted stone! I LOVE the light “painted” stone photo though!!! I like the black fireplace mantel though and no to painted rock! If I were to build it new, would I have designed it to be higher? That being said I worry that the moody drama of a black ceiling might change your other finishes and fixtures and I think you are well down the path on those items. But please don’t paint that stone!!!!! It looks great in this image but the ceiling is much lower here… I think would come to regret it over time in your large room with a pitched roof. If anything, paint or stain the wood or vary your flooring. Please don’t paint the stone. Then I simply took some white paint and diluted it by about 50% with water. 2. I did not like the stone fireplace before – too me the stones were too round and it looked so “new”. I like the white option or the black option for the mantle. In regards to the mantle, I think the white or the black will both work. We have a soaring stone fireplace with no mantel and I love it. LOVE the fireplace! Wow, the German Schmear technique really worked on that stone. More involved fireplace makeovers might incorporate a lightweight masonry product called manufactured veneer stone, perfect for do-it-yourself work. I should’ve read this comment before writing mine since it’s basically my opinion too. They look SO GOOD now. I grew up in a colonial 1790s stone house so I love stone - but my stone is an awful gray color. We gave George the direction to even out the rocks, but in a natural way. 3. Brian wants cozy and masculine (plus he’s dark, moody and dramatic!!) And that’s for $1000. I think that the fireplace needs some warmth to it since the stone and grout are so cold grey. We Recommend. So New England-y. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Looking really good now. Whether you’re contemplating a full-on renovation or looking for an easy weekend upgrade, get inspired by these ideas that will transform your hearth to the heart of your decor. Can’t wait to see the next installment. 1. It could be a rich black, which would then perhaps make the black on the mantle really work. Please no. The whole mantel firebox relationship would feel more grounded . Agree. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are as essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. So now, I have a few things I want to do…1. The new fireplace and chimney breast is a fantastic upgrade! There you have it. Black ceilings and whitewashed stone would be stunning! The black and stone combination gives the fireplace refacing an upscale look and feel. George did. You can have a large piece of limestone cut into the shape of the current wood mantle. I’m sorry but I don’t love the new stone. Now this is FAR more special than it looks in that rendering based on just a small piece. We didn’t seal it so the grain seeped through (despite 3 coats). Please don’t paint over the stone/plaster. *In case you are an ‘I design, You decide’ detective, you’ll probably notice that we didn’t end up raising the firebox. You may also need a wire brush to remove paint. regarding this, “just explore the idea of using that gorgeous black stain on the…CEILING”. I want it in my house! That’s exactly what I was suggesting – just couldn’t remember the ‘Cotswold’ part! I say remove the mantel. It was 11:30 am at this point and we had to leave by 4 pm. Separating the individual pieces, before removing the old adhesive and cleaning them up. It was more monochromatic and natural, less “rock, grout, rock, grout.”. Two chairs flanking the fireplace sets up a cozy seating area that's perfect for a two-person conversation or a relaxing evening with a cup of tea and a good book. These step-by-step instructions show how to use precast stone to convert a dull-looking fireplace into a stone masterpiece. PLEASE do not stain those ceilings black or paint the stone!!! I like this idea!! says: October 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM […] week I shared 10 pretty fireplaces that I loved as inspiration for the fireplace in that home. But we rely upon ads to keep all the posts free for you. They said it would be REALLY white, and so I figured, why not? I was thinking it was limestone as well… there’s no way you’d have such good texture and color variation with painted stone. Cover it up with framing and drywall. And you may have searched for HOURS online and on Pinterest trying to find a good way to update it without turning your house into a construction zone. I also think here is your chance to create moody drama not happy go lucky white brightness. So, clean the stone with TSP, rinse well and allow at least 24 hours to dry. dreamy. that a natural wood beam may not pop. Note: Before beginning this project, check your local building codes. and I surprise myself by liking the white mantle. I just feel like a dose of moody drama works for a cozy mountain house. See #4. But less-so in person. This is stunning, but in the Photoshopped image looks super JET BLACK. Next, they mixed cement with the plaster and it looked mostly like cement (right). Or if you really want a mantle for Christmas I think something like in your last picture, the thin metal shelf-like one would be more interesting and editorial. I show a LOT of ugly houses. You are really amazing! Black ceilings or a white painted stone will make the cabin look so LA or Hollywood and take away all the character that makes it feel cozy and homey. But you blow that idea up and make it playful in a masterful and insightful way. The customers that recently contacted me for a fireplace resurfacing were considering a stack stoned look. I think the fireplace looks great! I think the fireplace looks absolutely great as-is – PLEASE don’t paint it! Can’t wait to see what you do! The mantel is too dark however – anything to high of contrast will draw attention to the mantel and not the stone, so I think keep it light (I actually really like the pine to match the ceiling since it looks more intentional) but I think the reason none of the mantels look right (and maybe why the ceiling color is bothering you) is the flooring is too dark in the examples. While I think I’ll never take on a similar project: I love this post. Darken the slate stone hearth. Love the idea of trying to make something to blend with the stone of the fireplace – maybe something plastered with the schmear or a mantel veneered with a matching stone, that will look like just a big chunk of stone (the kind I remember them using on This Old House to make outdoor stairs out of – they would just take a big chunk of grey granite that was like 10 inches high and use it for a stair step – that always amazed me). Black ceiling…..um…..please…please….BANISH THIS IDEA FROM YOUR PRETTY LITTLE HEAD! That’s an amazing transformation on the fireplace. .••••••Check out Where to Buy on our online store locator to find an independent paint retailer or Home Depot near you. No blacks and whites for me, thankyouverymuch. Before: The stone fireplace was stained and looked dated. Anyway, great job, and best of luck! It looks rough, messy, organic and shallow. The stone is damn near perfect. Of course that would be too heavy for the mantel, but I’m sure something lightweight could be made that looks the same. The ceiling is not looking too shabby either. We liked that the mortar was less deep and not as strong of a dark line. With the new fireplace I’m kinda digging the idea of black stained ceiling. can’t wait to see more of the process. Answers: So bat cave. I think it would be cool and alleviate your wood tone mismatch concerns. We are pretty happy for now. It just wasn’t as fresh as I was thinking. If you don’t plan on using much if any black in the furnishings/accessories, then go with the white. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to siphon dust from the fireplace surround, moving from the top to the bottom. It’s a really dark orange stain that we don’t like and we don’t think it’s real wood anyway. It looks amazing! I realize it’s permanent, but I have always liked the results. As to the mantel colour – I like wood. It looks so much better than white or black. It was a dark stone and large. . Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Never. I’ll admit I was skeptical as I started reading this, and pleasantly surprised in the end at how much more I like the semi-final result. I’m really loving the stone now—I never dreamed it would look this good! That last photo of the kind of creamy white painted wall is beautiful. That would be our dream stone fireplace, if we had old stones. 1) Please don’t paint over the fireplace. Number of coats will depend on the coverage you are looking for. I have a stone-faced fireplace too, but I don't have that odd arch you do. It would make the fireplace feel more rustic and at the same time modern. For fire safety, the standard distance between the firebox and combustible materials is 12 inches. I think the thing that bothers me is that the stones are sort of “floating” in the grout, instead of resting on each other… does that make sense? Please do us a favor and disable your ad blocker, so we can continue to create the content that you come here to enjoy. Just for fun, I threw up the wood flooring sample to see if a medium tone would be good, but it’s not right. To demo out some rocks to move up the box to then replace the rocks would have just been a waste of money because the ROI would have been very little. (P.S. Fun! Maybe in a perfect world, we would just get rid of it, but as you can see the stone juts in above the mantel so we can’t without altering the fireplace a ton. They make color enhancing sealers for stone. As fall approaches, I am looking forward to wood fires in our newly updated fireplace. But I’d like to see you go a deeper direction on something new. A fireplace in a bedroom, bathroom or outdoors definitely feels like a luxury, but in my opinion it is a luxury we all adore! No black ceiling. Start at the top end of a side leg,… Or, tell Brian about it and I bet he’ll veto it for us! A fireplace facelift can take your living space from "whatever" to "wow!" We provide both gas and wood fireplaces, and we also offer fireplace refinishing services for homes with outdated fireplaces. Went from the ’80s to a farmhouse in Italy. Refinish the mantel in a midtone that balances between the ceilings and the floors and the house is ready for the next step. You voted for us to ‘work’ with the fireplace rock instead of demo-ing it out and starting fresh, perhaps opting for our dream stone or a totally new design (see this post for reference). BLACK MANTEL. Wear rubbe… We have finally tackled the 30 ton dark Elephant in the room. https://www.flickr.com/photos/army_arch/3622079160/, I agree with no mantel if possible, too. Well, I didn’t have that exact formula, but I thought that there had to be way to make it darker without replacing. From the pictures, I also liked the mantel matching the ceiling look as in options 4 and 5 … and that the floor color might then need to be different like Denise suggests. But that’s my gut feel. Overall, I’m pretty darn happy that in one day and with $1k (including materials), we transformed that very controversial fireplace into one that is super appropriate for our mountain house. That’s George. But, it took us a while to realize why. It was built with real stones, not fake, in a fairly random pattern, not looking too forced. We could do this: Before you go, I have a couple of questions…now that Brian and I agree on one thing (the new fireplace): 1. 2. Plastering it would look seamless I think. So modern. Nothing objectionable there. STEP 3. Without the look of painted brick or the cost of brick refacing, we’ll tailor and apply our custom finishes to transform your fireplace into a work of art. The project has to keep moving and frankly I was skeptical that ANYONE could give me the fireplace that I loved, so what did I have to lose? Just a follow up note that the stone is not glossy – it’s just the light from the sun/windows. Or will you go down the cast iron route? So I vote for the black ceiling. As for the mantle, I don’t have a “YES!” moment with any of the images. Worst case was that we would plaster it over, dislike the color and then paint it white. 10 Brick and Stone Fireplaces! 3) Sure, 3-D render it, but dark ceilings just suck up light in photographs, generally. The other reason she couldn’t really remove the mantle all together (as she states in the post) is because the stone above the mantle “juts in” – By this I believe she means that the stone below the mantle is a greater depth than above. I can imagine what it will feel like to have that looming over you all of the time. The scale of the mantle you are considering, cuts the drama of the stone in half and kind of reads, “requisite chunky wood mantle, check!” No matter the finish it is going to relate to the floor and to the ceiling in some way and be such a focal point, that I fear will always read a little 1980s because of the fact that it is a corner fireplace. Great job! . PLEASE DO NOT PAINT THE CEILING!!! I think right now there are just too many competing tones. 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