How to Whitewash a Stone Fireplace in Steps is a thorough and easy-to-follow guide. Follow these techniques to convert your drab fireplace stone into a work of art!
I’ve finally completed my custom whitewashed stone fireplace! Without further ado, this is how it now appears:
But first, some background. The photo below was taken shortly after we moved home and displays our living area and fireplace. Original pendant lighting, paint color, and so on. As you can see, our fireplace stone was once a variety of orange, beige, and brown hues. It didn’t go with the light and bright seaside vibe we were going for!
I had some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen leftover from my cabinet and desk renovation, so I decided to gray wash our stone fireplace last fall. You may learn more about the stone painting method on that page as well. The mild gray hue worked for a time, but it was still darker than I had intended. Here are the finished results of our gray-washed fireplace stone.
And here’s how it appears now that the gray paint has been boldly whitewashed! Numerous more stages may not have been obvious in getting it from the photo above to the photo below. Bottom line: I believe this is the ideal solution until I can determine whether we need to conduct a full revamp of the stone in the future.
What You’ll Need To Whitewash A Stone Fireplace
The following are the materials I recommend for whitewashing an electric fireplace. Please keep in mind that the materials are clickable if you wish to buy them directly:
- Gray Chalk Paint has suggested if your stone has pink or orange overtones, to avoid a pink tint in the completed design.
- A sponge brush and/or a stiff bristle chip brush.
How To Make Whitewashing Stone Fireplaces?
I achieved the white washed stone fireplace appearance with simple steps. I decided to attack the fireplace again one day while working on another project with Country Chic Paint’s Simplicity. Keep in mind that it had previously been gray washed. If you want to get a similar appearance, I recommend starting with the steps I took in this article with gray chalk paint and then continuing with the rest of this guide. Because of the original hue, I believe if I had skipped right to the white paint, the stone would have had a pink or peach undertone.
I mixed water and Simplicity 50/50. I didn’t measure it, but rather eyeballed it, so it’s not an exact science. I had previously applied the gray layer using a sponge brush, but this time I used a stiff-bristle chip brush and it was SO much simpler.
My main piece of advice for this endeavor is to safeguard your floors. Because the mixture is so fluid, it drips all over the place. But I wanted some depth and dimension, not simply a flat, painted appearance, which is why I added the water to make it less opaque.
Begin by painting one or two stones at a time. I also changed the color of my grout and mortar since I didn’t like it. Most stones are quite porous and will rapidly absorb your paint/water mixture. I would sometimes wipe the stone with a paper towel to help draw some gray through, adding the depth I was aiming for. The extra mess is well worth the extra work!
Another advantage of adding water? Brushstrokes are very acceptable. By blotting the stones, you also assist to provide some wonderful depth and texture to the overall appearance, making it look much more like a genuine stone!
Henley, my greatest little helper/supervisor, deserves some credit for this effort. Plus, she’s cuter than the finished result, so you can quit reading right now if you want.
Continue until you’ve gone all the way around your fireplace!
However, once I painted the stones, the board and batten above our mantle looked terrible. It’s completely pink/yellow and awful (it was an almond color paint). Do you still not believe me? Here’s a close-up of the old paint and the painted stone. My kitties are hilarious when the cameras/ladders come out – they appear out of nowhere.
Examine the region in comparison to the same paint and a very little layer of white primer on the right side. Even with only a little application of primer, the contrast is striking. So I painted the board and batten and mantle a few weekends ago. It just so happened to be my husband’s fantasy baseball draft weekend, so I was finally permitted to unplug the treasured television – else I would have done it much sooner! To guarantee adherence, I applied a layer of Kilz primer before applying two coats of Behr Swiss Coffee in a semi-gloss finish.