How I Painted My Stone Fireplace

2 Materials
6 Hours

I love to decorate for the seasons, but have neglected certain parts of my house that left me uninspired. So yesterday I started painting our stone fireplace! My goal is to neutralize the multicolored stones with a single color, giving me a cleaner palette to work with when I decorate for the seasons. Paint has always been my friend when it comes to giving my house a fresh, new look. When I built this house in 2005, I chose this stone. But over time the mantel became harder to blend in with my current decorating style.


BEFORE: My house has cooler tones and the fireplace looked more like a patchwork quilt on my wall with colors that no longer worked. I wanted a simple sandstone finish that complemented the colors in my house.

BEFORE: The color I was hoping for

IN PROGRESS: Here are the details:

  • A simple watered down single paint color is all I used. (affiliate link)
  • Because I was trying to get an even finish on multicolored stones, I didn't dab or wipe off since I was hoping for an even finish.
  • The paint was watered down to the consistency between milk / buttermilk, and I chose a color that closely matched the lightest stone.
  • I applied it in circular motions with a nylon brush.The color closely matched the mortar as well.

MY VISION FOR MY MANTEL: I was working on another project, we created our own DIY Cathedral Window Frame so the fireplace makeover began with this project in mind.

AFTER! The finished stone on my fireplace was the perfect backdrop for my new DIY Cathedral Window Frame

Suggested materials:

  • Decoart Paint   (
  • A Nylon Paint Brush

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Kathy Thackston Kathy Thackston on Sep 28, 2017
    Would you possibly share the link with me for the DIY Cathedral Window???

    I Absolutely Love it


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