How do I update an old stone fireplace?

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q how do i update an old stone fireplace

How can I update my stone fireplace without having to remove the stones? I think I saw a project about this a while back.


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  • Kelly Denoyer Russell Kelly Denoyer Russell on Feb 23, 2019

    The stones are beautiful. I wouldn’t cover them up. If it was mine I would add a beautiful thick old barn beam for a mantle. Then add beautiful decor that enhances the rustic farm house look that’s trending right now.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Feb 23, 2019

    Repaint the mantel, change out decore.





  • My vote is with Kelly. I love it and think they are beautiful. I would give them a good wash to freshen them up and would consider a live edge mantle too. I hope you use it! I love having a fireplace. Where I live it is more for ambience, but it can heat up the whole house if need be if the power goes out.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Feb 23, 2019

    It's beautiful just clean the stones really well and oil the mantle with tung oil don't you dare paint any of it

  • Jeanette Jeanette on Feb 23, 2019

    The stone is beautiful! I agree with the 2 answers above.

  • William William on Feb 23, 2019

    Love the stone?.....Leave it. Just clean it up like everyone suggests. A chunkier mantle shelf would look better. Don't like the stone?..... Paint it to brighten the fireplace and room.


    https://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=paint%20stone%20fireplace

  • Katie Katie on Feb 25, 2019

    Google antique woodworks. I found this stone and wood fireplace . I love this mantle with the hint on metal on it. Change your decor some. Dont paint the stones! I would love to have your fireplace! We have a brick one and it's pretty but stone is the most beautiful!

  • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom on Feb 26, 2019

    I have a stone fireplace that I hated. The stones were almost black, blue and maroon and did not go with my white beachy decor. I whitewashed the fireplace and it is by far one of the best things in my house now.

  • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom on Jul 22, 2020

    This was the only picture I could get to upload, but it shows the before and after. 5 years later and I am very happy with it.

  • Janice Janice on Jan 03, 2021

    Clean the stones well and then decide whether to whitewash, paint, etc. I agree the mantle seems a bit out of proportion and could be beefed up! Simply changing the decor to lighter and brigther accessories could make a big difference ini the feel of the room. Maybe some more whimisical items to lighten the mood?

  • Michelle Michelle on Mar 02, 2021

    If these are real stones , I would just clean and seal. The mantle needs to be substantial , like a beam, railroad tie, a thick live edge wood. Then lighten up the decor. I would use a different door too