Fireplace before. Gulp... did I want to paint that rock? ...it was a "commitment!"
Painted Rock Fireplace
My little mountain condo had a corner fireplace that was like a dark, sad hole. I thought it could use a make-over... (Plus, mortar repair thru the years was mismatched.)
Used plastic and painter's tape to protect the black firebox and along floor. This step, done properly, will save you many headaches in the future. (It took about 30 minutes.)
Valspar paint from ACE Hardware (sorry for the messy can). -- Latex - Satin finish
Mantel color: "Twinkle Twinkle". - Valspar "Color of the Year"
Rock color: "Sculpting Clay" -- I wanted a light/medium true GREY.
First I took a wire brush and "brushed" all of the lichen and loose mortar away. Then swept the rock with a broom and vacuumed. (30 minutes)
I read on a blog that a nappy roller is good on rock. I tried it... basically it was a waste of a good roller. It really still left a lot of brush painting to do.
I, ultimately, used a small brush for the mortar and a larger one for the flatter surfaces.
The first coat took FOREVER (four hours.). The mortar and rock really soaked up the paint... also rocks have SO many crevices! But... I knew that if I did a good job on the first coat... the second would be a piece of cake.
Frankly, I was a little worried at this stage!! The paint was far from grey -- it was almost a dirty chalk color. YIKES!
Oh well... "it's just paint." At the very least I had a first coat of something on the surface. I went to bed.
When I woke up in the morning, I found the paint had dried and cured a bit --- into the perfect shade of grey!
I painted another coat. It went on way more easily than the first coat -- only took two hours! My patience and fortitude on the first coat paid off in spades!
Time to remove the plastic and tape: (10 minutes)
Here's my completed fireplace!! I'm SO happy with the result! (the color is actually a bit darker/richer than this photo... more like the previous photo.)
Reward: snow on the ground, a glass of wine in my hand, piano music on -- and a fire to keep me warm. Sigh... so contented. :-)