I need fireplace help

I want to add faux stone to take the fireplace all the way to the ceiling, but i am having trouble finding an exact match. I have considered stacked stone but thought it would clash with the original real stone of the fireplace. I found a company called Texture Plus that has panels the seem to look like the pattern and style that the stones are in the existing fireplace. Has anyone ever worked with faux stone and/or painted real stone? I have a rather mess drawing of what I'd like the finished product to look like (we plan on building in the sides w shelving and putting a wood mantle wall to wall.
q i need fireplace help, fireplaces mantels, currently it looks like this we are planning on an electric inset for the fireplace instead of wood burning
currently it looks like this , we are planning on an electric inset for the fireplace instead of wood burning
q i need fireplace help, fireplaces mantels, Mantle wall to wall under the windows stone faux for upper area extended to the ceiling i put in our furniture sort of
Mantle wall to wall (under the windows ) stone (faux for upper area ) extended to the ceiling . i put in our furniture ( sort of)
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  • Tina Hill Tina Hill on Sep 13, 2015
    I have also considered shiplap and or some type of wood ( like reclaimed wood in a chevron pattern and stained ) in stead of the stone to the ceiling . What do you think ?

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 14, 2015
    Honestly trying to match your existing fireplace is going to be very difficult.My suggestion instead of doing that I would probably just update the existing stone with a heat resistant paint and then build your mantel.

  • Quince_Cottage Quince_Cottage on Sep 14, 2015
    We are currently doing our kitchen backsplash in thinset brick and it's NOT easy, lol. Trying to match your existing stone seems like a potential disaster. I'd do a framed out area from the mantel to the ceiling and either do beadboard or shiplap inside (painted white to match your trim. Good luck!

  • Marion Hamilton Marion Hamilton on Sep 14, 2015
    Wall to wall mantel looks great with shelving. Faux stone to the ceiling "takes away" not necussary.

  • Amy Gill Amy Gill on Sep 15, 2015
    It is hard to match existing stone, but I am sure there are many other options that would look just has great. I have seen a lot of shiplap used. also maybe consider a flattering pattern in tile, but frame it. I have brick, I painted my one fireplace with regular sherwin williams paint. Looks great and has held up well. The other fireplace I left with original brick facing. Good Luck, keep us posted.

  • Z Z on Sep 15, 2015
    Tina, can you get a sample from the company you mentioned? Since you really want to match the existing stone to continue up to the ceiling, I think it would be well worth it to check into. Even if you had to pay for the samples.

  • Mona Mona on Sep 17, 2015
    I'm probably not one to give advise on this as I've never done it, but your drawing of what you want it to look like gave me the idea... Why not repaint the existing stones and the new air stones to match, even if you like the look now, if you recreate it entirely to be similar it would be more consistent or have you seen where clever creative people make stencils and use mud or wall spackle to make faux stones...lots of YouTube videos and tutorials. The second way it might be easier to hang things above the mantle.

  • Joan Joan on Dec 21, 2015
    I like your illustration! I dunno...I don't think I'd do stone all the way up. I like art above the fireplace, and it's hard to hang a picture on stone. I'd do your wood treatment like the mantel redo all the way up. BTW, I'd paint all that wood. Stone in that amount really weighs down that side of the room.

  • Cynthia Whitney Cynthia Whitney on Jan 01, 2018
    I love your concept with the stone to the ceiling. Have you considered redoing the whole thing with whatever type of stone is available on the market now? I suppose this would depend on how it is made and covered. What you have looks like Bedford stone (named for a town in Indiana where it was (is?) commonly quarried. It was very commonly used in the 50s and 60s. The picture of the fireplace makes it look as if it's a very narrow distance into the room. Is there a way to reframe it farther into the room and make it (and the bookcases) deeper? I may be talking way more money and work than you had in mind.