Asked on Nov 16, 2014

Rock fireplace needs updated

by Pam
I need help in updating the 70's Rock Fireplace.
  6 answers
  • Heidi Olson-Manska Heidi Olson-Manska on Nov 17, 2014
    My rock fireplace was very similar to yours. I painted mine with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Paris Grey". Here is one of the links I got my inspiration from:
  • Heidi Olson-Manska Heidi Olson-Manska on Nov 17, 2014
    Here is a photo of my before & after:
  • Pam Pam on Nov 17, 2014
    Thank you very much! I really like yours. I'm not sure hubby would go with the grey. Maybe I could use more of a earth tone though! Thanks so much!
  • No longer available No longer available on Nov 20, 2014
    We recently re-did our fireplace but we had a completely different style to start with. We went floor to ceiling with travertine tile and it now reminds me a little of your fireplace in its shape. I think Heidi's fireplace above that she painted is really pretty! If you didn't like the stone and wanted to change it, maybe there is a way to tile over it with travertine or slate tiles, or I've even seen some fireplaces with a different kind of stone material called airstone that looks like stacked stone. Also, maybe just adding a simple wood beam mantel would give you a different look that you're looking for. Not sure what your style is, our fireplace is very modern looking so may not be what you would go for, but it might give you an idea on a mantel if you didn't like the tile: . Good luck!
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Nov 20, 2014
    @Pam I think the suggestions above are all good. Painting the stones would improve and update the look. If grey is not to your tastes perhaps try a neutral beige - so you don't have to worry about wall colours. While more expensive, redoing the face of the stone is also an option, depends on how much you want to spend, but either will help to update the look.
  • Melody Melody on May 16, 2016
    If you can get or have some wood you can frame it and completely change the look if tat is what you are wanting... if you want to keep the stone you can get some natural color and then glue o cement some dollar store gem's into it o use a broken mirror to put pizazz into it... just suggesting.