When we first bought our new (old) house, I was certain we would demo the fireplace before we even moved in. Not so fast…turns out this thing is here to stay. So, as with all design dilemmas, we decided to paint it white. We saved both time and money and we’ve never looked back. My favorite white paint is always Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White. It’s a white that looks great in any light. This paint covers well and it can easily be spot cleaned. We removed the existing mantel and replaced it with this one. (We opted to have a free floating look rather than use the brackets). To soften the look of all that stone I used our favorite cozy pillows from Pottery Barn. The pillows on the leather chairs are also from Pottery Barn and are a soft washed velvet. We found the mirror at a restaurant in Lewisburg, PA where our daughter attends Bucknell. I think this one would look great too! The grain sack Christmas stockings are new this year from an Etsy Shop. See below for an updated version of how we painted our stone fireplace.
Update on painting a stone fireplace and maintenance: When I first posted about painting our fireplace I indicated that I planned on re-painitng it every year. I did this at first because I thought it really needed it. However, this last time I used Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint. I used my favorite white paint color, Cloud White. It’s expensive, but I think it’s worth the price. You can easily spot clean and it touches up beautifully.
My original post on painting a stone or brick fireplace is my most viewed post and the one that I get the most emails about. A lot of people mentioned they were not crazy about the idea of re-painting every year. Please mark your paint cans…that may have been the problem. When I touched up the first time, I used a slightly different finish. Same color (white cloud), but different finish which meant I needed to re-paint the entire fireplace. So don’t be like me, mark that paint can!
If you are just starting this project, I asked the guys at my local Home Depot about a primer. They suggested Kilz. I would use a wire brush to loosen any debris and then if possible vacuum the entire surface getting in the crevices and corners. Put a couple of coats of primer and then a coat (or two) of the Aura paint. Use an old paint brush because it will ruin a good one. Everything is water-based so it’s pretty easy for clean-up. Good luck and I love seeing your before and after photos!