refinish stone fireplace

Love the idea of trying to make something to blend with the stone of the fireplace – maybe something plastered with the schmear or a mantel veneered with a matching stone, that will look like just a big chunk of stone (the kind I remember them using on This Old House to make outdoor stairs out of – they would just take a big chunk of grey granite that was like 10 inches high and use it for a stair step – that always amazed me). Google “stone fireplace mantel” to see what the other options are. (P.S. Lots of people said they could do it, but when our GC said he had someone up there for $1k, we went for it because anyone in LA would have charged more. I’m really loving the stone now—I never dreamed it would look this good! I know like anything that looks easy, it requires skill, practice, mistakes and troubleshooting, but I figured I’d give you the steps in case you wanted to give it a whirl. 10 Brick and Stone Fireplaces! Please don’t paint the stone. The new fireplace and chimney breast is a fantastic upgrade! 3. Here’s a cottage (for holiday rent) in England with these kinds of walls for comparison …, https://www.character-cottages.co.uk/all-properties/cotswolds-all/angel-cottage. Have you considered a single piece of limestone for a mantle? 1. No I was talking about the painted stone! This is the same reclaimed wood stained a matte black (SO PRETTY) also as a cabinet option. We liked that the mortar was less deep and not as strong of a dark line. I vote for painting the stone. Wash the cast stone fireplace with warm water and dish detergent. I just wish one were darker and lighter. It brings out the creative process blow by blow and just introduces so much “play” into a renovation in ways I wouldn’t have necessarily imagined previously. And PLEASE don’t go black on the ceiling! Brian and I (and all of us) were pretty happy already. No black ceiling. The tone of the stone isn’t bad – it’s gray, not too brown. 3. Sep 17, 2015 - Explore Karen Ellard's board "Refinishing Fireplaces" on Pinterest. This week I thought it would be fun to share some […] I'm Jen. Wow, the German Schmear technique really worked on that stone. No to a black ceiling. I want it in my house! Please no. So impressed by how you solved this! Looking forward to your final touches. For the mantel, go with a wood tone. It would coordinate without matching the dark cabinets you’re planning. For fire safety, the standard distance between the firebox and combustible materials is 12 inches. Listen, the chances are 2% that it’s something we would actually do out of sheer fear of permanence. That particular rendering looks nicely balanced and finished to me. The stone looks great with the ceiling as is. The same goes for ceiling:D. OH MY WORD! The restyled fireplace looks classic and natural with a touch of Old World charm. No blacks and whites for me, thankyouverymuch. The black and stone combination gives the fireplace refacing an upscale look and feel. Also – if you are in the Chicago area and want to buy some medicine cabinets for what I paid, please let me know. And then I asked him if this was definitely how you schmear and he acted as if he had never heard the phrase before. The fireplace looks great and I’m going to find reasons to say “German schmear” as often as I can now. Painting a Stone Fireplace. Holy Schmoley, that looks perfect! But I’m sure you’ll figure out something pretty! As for the mantle, I don’t have a “YES!” moment with any of the images. And that’s for $1000. I’m a no on the dark stain on the ceiling only because even with the natural light it will make the room dark. 2) This is a hard one and I don’t think a decision could be reached until the flooring is actually installed and the firebox has been darkened. If anything, paint or stain the wood or vary your flooring. Great update so far! I can imagine what it will feel like to have that looming over you all of the time. Scrub the surface with a stiff-bristle scrub brush. That looks very much like a Cotswold limestone and mortar. Meanwhile, he’s suspended from being an SBEH freelance camera phone photographer. LOVE the fireplace! Everything from Restoration Hardware since they became RH is so big, so heavy, so clunky. Stone fireplaces add a touch of natural, rustic beauty to your home. Bat cave. If you are reading this post, you may have an imposing, dark, 1970's style stone fireplace that is turning your living area into a cave. What a difference a schmear makes! Darken the slate stone hearth. All of those options feel just a little bit off because they are so cold. Limestone is natural in my area (Kansas) so it gets used a lot, but brand new limestone is a beautiful bright color, and it wouldn’t darken too terribly much over time since it’s indoors (Limestone outdoors can get a very dark, black patina over time, but you can always brighten it back up with a good power wash/scrub). I agree, paint would make it look flat. Assuming once you see the fireplace in person it looks as good as it does in the photo I would save the money for other things. https://www.flickr.com/photos/army_arch/3622079160/, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/78953799695310869/. 3) Sure, 3-D render it, but dark ceilings just suck up light in photographs, generally. Good luck! Just for fun, I threw up the wood flooring sample to see if a medium tone would be good, but it’s not right. Note: Before beginning this project, check your local building codes. Oh – and I forgot to add – I’m pretty sure the last picture isn’t painted stone! It literally sucked all the light out of the room. As to the mantel colour – I like wood. But you blow that idea up and make it playful in a masterful and insightful way. *In case you are an ‘I design, You decide’ detective, you’ll probably notice that we didn’t end up raising the firebox. Well, eventually, we realized that it was the darkness of the grout and the depth of the rock that was the problem. I loved those giant granite steps, too! Here, you can see them both together: They removed both of those before they hardened. Gwen that is what I was thinking with the hearth. These step-by-step instructions show how to use precast stone to convert a dull-looking fireplace into a stone masterpiece. Since completing this job I have had so many inquiries about the process used to transform this fireplace. But please don’t paint that stone!!!!! Another option is increasing the depth of the mantel so that the space between firebox and mantel is less. Ah – just realised it was the black ceiling you were using as a reference point in that last photo! Nothing some schmear can’t fix. Wear a mask to make sure you don't inhale various harmful particles. If I were being forced to paint it, then I’d do white all over, and maybe a white with a little tiny dab of blue in it (still white, but a cool white not a warm white). Can’t wait to see the next installment. Maybe in a few years, maaaybe. can’t wait to see more of the process. Well done on working with what you have and being an inspiration with a small budget! I like a good rock, too, but I wanted ours to feel either more aged and organic OR new and fresh. And if something has to go there ( because we don’t know what type of structure is underneath the current mantel) maybe there is a stone slab option that would blend with the current stone. The “schmear” took away all the dated 80s vibes and really brought out the classic cabin look. 1.) As fall approaches, I am looking forward to wood fires in our newly updated fireplace. My device for writing this comment absolutely detested my use of the word “schmeared” which leads me to believe it detests it, however I do not, so I persisted.). I don’t know if you would be able to find stone to fill in the gap, but I think the fireplace would look 10 times better without a mantel. From the pictures, I also liked the mantel matching the ceiling look as in options 4 and 5 … and that the floor color might then need to be different like Denise suggests. Contrast on that would let it both blend (softer color, white on white), and stand out (with high contrast). It doesn’t fully cover the stone but it comes close. Our sites use cookies to improve your experience. I’m not sold on any of those, so any inclinations or suggestions would be lovely before I comb the web and stone yards for 19 hours. But seeing the work complete – booom! (this is a listing photo from when we bought, so not our furnishings. Plastering it would look seamless I think. Pour one bag of stucco mix (base coat) into a large mixing container. (Did I mention that I’m a real estate agent?! This is stunning, but in the Photoshopped image looks super JET BLACK. Or will you go down the cast iron route? I like this idea!! What a transformation! With many of these fireplace makeovers, the homeowners aim to correct the mistakes of previous owners. We provide both gas and wood fireplaces, and we also offer fireplace refinishing services for homes with outdated fireplaces. I agree! Brian is going to LOSE HIS SCHMEAR over even the suggestion of this one…and TBH, it’s likely not going to happen, but it’s fun to fantasize…, Update: Check out all of The Mountain House REVEALS here: The Kids’ Bedroom | The Kitchen | The Kitchen Organization | The Kitchen Appliances | The Powder Bath | The Living Room | The Downstairs Guest Suite | The Loft | The Hall Bath | The Upstairs Guest Bath | The Dining Room | The Family Room. It would make the fireplace feel more rustic and at the same time modern. Or, tell Brian about it and I bet he’ll veto it for us! But up there, it looks kinda gray on gray on gray. Never. We’ll replace this as soon as we take a better one. I think it would be cool and alleviate your wood tone mismatch concerns. I’m as shocked as you are that I, Emily-White-Ceiling-Henderson, would even consider staining that massive ceiling black. Sure, our rocks were rounder, but maybe we could add so much plaster in a “shmear- like” fashion to just have it be a really pretty white-ish texture with the stones just peeking out, desperate to breathe under that schmear. This question is the most popular topic I get emails about. The mantel is too dark however – anything to high of contrast will draw attention to the mantel and not the stone, so I think keep it light (I actually really like the pine to match the ceiling since it looks more intentional) but I think the reason none of the mantels look right (and maybe why the ceiling color is bothering you) is the flooring is too dark in the examples. Anyway, I love the look of the painted stone. Stacked stone definitely has its place in the building construction market. If you are looking for a unique and cost effective way to change the colors and appearance of your fireplace brick or stone, Brick Transformers has the solution. Link in bio.•••#falldecor #fallisintheair #fallvibes #falldecor #romabio #romabioavoriowhite #romabioclassicolimewash #november #thankfulthursday #outdoorliving #southernlivingmag #countrylivingmag #bhghome #mybhg #mysouthernliving #smpliving #lovewhereyoulive Design by @shelly_d, A Bold, Black Fireplace Makeover | Design*Sponge, “Before and after shots of a fireplace makeover. I grew up in a colonial 1790s stone house so I love stone - but my stone is an awful gray color. My 2 cents: Leave your ceiling walnut blasted as-is, stain the beams black, paint the whole fireplace lighter like the picture you’ve referenced, stain the mantel black and darken the hearth to coordinate with the mantel. Cover it up with framing and drywall. More involved fireplace makeovers might incorporate a lightweight masonry product called manufactured veneer stone, perfect for do-it-yourself work. I have never been able to decorate it. I really love how the stone turned out! They said it would be REALLY white, and so I figured, why not? I haven’t even seen the dried rock in person. No, don’t consider painting the fireplace right now. I know some people suggested no mantle, but that would leave a giant empty space to contend with. That last picture is INSANE in the best way. We are pretty happy for now. CEDAR TONGUE-AND-GROOVE MANTEL. Reducing the amount of … I would rest a new bigger mantel over the old one ( made out MDF and possible clad in a slate or similar stone ) almost the colour of your hearth . Sometimes Photoshop takes texture out of things and makes it look fake when it’s not. 3.) Nor did we create a taller bench and create wood storage underneath it like we originally planned in this post. If there will be black used throughout the room, go for the black mantle. . We Recommend. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Allow the surface to dry. But I’d like to see you go a deeper direction on something new. The customers that recently contacted me for a fireplace resurfacing were considering a stack stoned look. Fun! Refinish the mantel in a midtone that balances between the ceilings and the floors and the house is ready for the next step. Don’t paint – I’ve never seen painted stone (not brick) that looked good. :)), Having been to the Cotswolds, I believe if you want to go for that look, you need more of the schmear/paint…also, keeping ng the ceiling light will achieve the Scandinavian rustic look while staining it black might confuse the look…..I love following your work….thanks. Did you mean black “ceiling” for the Bat Cave comment? But ours aren’t as flat or jagged and are a lot newer (from the ’80s or ’90s). I like the black fireplace mantel though and no to painted rock! That will be a good way to temporarily test the effect. You don't have to paint your existing brickwork to brighten things up. It looks so much better than white or black. Just a follow up note that the stone is not glossy – it’s just the light from the sun/windows. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. The whole mantel firebox relationship would feel more grounded . You are really amazing! It is deeply gratifying that a piece of my art is the centerpiece in our shared family space. So bat cave. dreamy. I think that would give you a nice mix of finishes and colors that are slightly outside (but adjacent to) your preferred palette and still cozy and modern at the same time. Looks much improved. more about that here) Almost every ugly house (and many perfectly nice houses) have dark, dingy, dirty brick firepla…. Spray the stones with a vinegar and water solution. it feels too dark to me. Anything contrasting seems like a no, you want something to just blend in. I am not a big DYI person so I spoke to the amazing contractor Adrian at Craftsman Construction that we worked with on this project, about how they were able to change the multicolored stone fireplace into the c. Want to get rid of an old rock wall but it requires too much demo? I think the fireplace looks great! Overall, I’m pretty darn happy that in one day and with $1k (including materials), we transformed that very controversial fireplace into one that is super appropriate for our mountain house. You may also need a wire brush to remove paint. Things are questioned that I would have assumed were an immovable “given”. I love it now, and don’t think you need to paint over it. Am I the first to comment today? So modern. Perhaps this could be the answer? This makes me think about my home differently: maybe that solid seeming wall in the kitchen could be exposed to create some niche bookshelves…, The schmear seems to have created much more of what you’re striving for. Black ceilings or a white painted stone will make the cabin look so LA or Hollywood and take away all the character that makes it feel cozy and homey. as you can imagine, he thinks our whole social media experiment and how we create all this ridiculous on-camera Insta storyiPhonee content is HILARIOUS and is always like “Well, have you asked that audience yet”…SUCH a good sport. That way black furniture and accents would look so cool against the background textures. Time to google it. With a fireplace installation from Stone Guys, you can have that luxury right in the comfort of your own home. It is gorgeous just as it is, but how striking to be in black and white (like the above photo). 3. And 2. and I want the ceiling to have a more even tone while still definitely feeling like wood so the now-pretty fireplace becomes the feature. But we rely upon ads to keep all the posts free for you. I think your mantle solution is to go no mantle. Also gorgeous. Now is the time to schedule the Masonry Cosmetics team for your transformation!”, 1970's Stone Fireplace Before & After Hello Fellow DIYers! Of course that would be too heavy for the mantel, but I’m sure something lightweight could be made that looks the same. I love it. (Assuming you’re not using things to bounce the light around for every photograph.) I probed my contractor, asking him “Are these the only options?” and he said no but that he thought this was what we wanted so they were going to have to go get other options and it couldn’t be done today. LIke the darker mantle vs lighter – the white looks too stark back to the other woods in the room. That being said I worry that the moody drama of a black ceiling might change your other finishes and fixtures and I think you are well down the path on those items. When we first purchased... View the Post, From @classicfinishes “Stone fireplace update with @romabiopaints Classico Limewash. Not because I don’t like the stone but because I fear that medium tone of the stone with the medium tone of the ceiling is kinda competing. Great job figuring out a good solution. That is an indigenous stone to Wisconsin and reminds me of something I would expect to see in an ancient ruin, but not as crumbly. what an amazing transformation! So yes, spreading your plaster on like peanut butter on toast is the look (and not the product). Sara even put our flooring sample on the floor so we could see how that works with things (don’t judge the wood flooring; it’s BEAUTIFUL in person but we had to stretch a tiny sample to fill that triangle portion of the floor). I vote yes! Or if you really want a mantle for Christmas I think something like in your last picture, the thin metal shelf-like one would be more interesting and editorial. I think the contrast would be perfect with the now lovely, German-schmeared mantle. I tried to brighten it with a mirror and art, but no luck. So I vote for the black ceiling. But I think you could get the same kind of look without the commitment if you just paint a wall black in the living room. A fireplace is one thing that can make any room instantly better. The scale of the mantle you are considering, cuts the drama of the stone in half and kind of reads, “requisite chunky wood mantle, check!” No matter the finish it is going to relate to the floor and to the ceiling in some way and be such a focal point, that I fear will always read a little 1980s because of the fact that it is a corner fireplace. We should have done it sooner. In terms of the mantle piece – I would paint it grey. Also skipping a mantle would kind of do what raising the fire box would have. Then I simply took some white paint and diluted it by about 50% with water. The next thing up for debate is, of course, that mantel. I also vote “no” for both the black ceiling and painting over the stones. Agreed. Nothing objectionable there. Plus, down the line you can always change it if you want, that’s an easy, non-construction-y change. It was more monochromatic and natural, less “rock, grout, rock, grout.”. Well, I didn’t have that exact formula, but I thought that there had to be way to make it darker without replacing. But then the other option could be amazing….. lolove the way you make “schmear” into “old world flair”, even teasing the masonry guy about it I’ve got a few degrees in German, and a few years lived in a Germany, to Get the humor. (Not painted stone). I think you get some of that scandi-feel you like just by skipping a mantle. I think Emily wants to keep the mantle because she can’t really lose it without having to deal with covering the “hole” up. Since this is not just to live in, but for content, the photographs could be a struggle. I thought after the plaster dried it would be my favorite but at least from the photo, I’m unsure. However, their selection of a stack stone pattern was a little concerning. ? This photo doesn’t depict “the one” but provides some reference to show that it can look modern, without the farmhouse vibe https://www.pinterest.com/pin/78953799695310869/. Here’s a quick reminder of the pre-schmear “before”: It’s hard to live with the above fireplace when all you want is the below. The only thing that I’m still considering is painting over the plaster. 2.) 2. Black ceilings and whitewashed stone would be stunning! But in person, the black stain is so pretty and now that the ceiling is walnut blasted, the texture would scream “I’M STILL WOOD” but in a quiet, dark, moody, dramatic way. Not using things to bounce the light “ painted ” stone photo though!! 4 but like... Option is increasing the depth of the hearth, the firebox and combustible is... In order to make it more modern-mountain, go with the black …! Are a lot newer ( from the sun/windows are 2 % that it ’ s surface in! 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