Updating a Fireplace Hearth With Paint & Stencil

4 Materials
6 Hours

We recently moved into this new to us house. I painted the actual fireplace pink and the hearth felt too dark afterwards. My fireplace doesn’t currently work so I wasn’t worried about finding heat resistant paint. I just knew I wanted the look of small tiles and it to be brighter.


The existed brown tile looked as if it had a glaze in it. I cleaned it well using krud kutter and scuff sanded it. Then it was ready for primer.

I used a BIN shellac based primer. I used two coats and then a white chalk paint over that. Now it was time to stencil it.

I have quite a few stencils I’ve kept over the years. I loved the top design. It gives off a retro vibe which I love. The only problem is it was tiny so I knew this might take a long time to do. I think this was in a pack from Michael’s I picked up a while back.

I used a blue paint and overlapped the stencil as I went to keep it lined up as best I could.

Here’s a closer look. With stenciling it takes very little paint. Have a paper towel close by to dab off excess paint and just dab the brush onto the stencil so your paint doesn’t bleed through.

What a difference some paint and patience can make, right? This process was pretty tedious but it was well worth it for the end result. It really brightened the hearth up and now it just doesn’t blend in with the floors.

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  • Kay Hand Pate-Logan
    Kay Hand Pate-Logan
    on Feb 3, 2021

    What kind of paint did you use on the stone fireplace?

  • MaryAnn
    on Feb 5, 2021

    I was concerned about paint and shellac on a fireplace hearth as they are flammable. However the styling shows you are not planning to use it as an active fireplace. Did you close and seal the vent to the chimney flue against drafts, dampness, and heat loss, beforehand? I just mention this so people consider everything before using this approach on a fireplace hearth of an active fireplace. The hearth's purpose is to protect from logs reaching flammable flooring, should they dislodge from the fire. It happens often enough also sparks can leap out when poking up a fire or adding more wood.

    If a fireplace is no longer to be used, the vent should be sealed off to prevent drafts, or heat loss up the chimney. There are really nice ways to fix up a working fireplace. You just need to do your homework, on local regulations and properly tested and certified fire safe materials to use for decorating.

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  • Melinda Record
    Melinda Record
    on Feb 3, 2021

    This refreshed fireplace hearth is such a terrific change ~ paint is magic. You did an excellent job and with your eye for detail and an immense amount of patience, you pulled together such a sweet and inviting fireplace area. Absolutely love it!

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

  • Robyn Garner
    Robyn Garner
    on Feb 7, 2021

    Excellent job!

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