(Closed) Painting a stone fireplace?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I haven’t painted a fireplace, but the house I just bought has the fire place painted white already.  And on the otherside (its a double sided fireplace), its still brick color.  It should be fairly easy to paint (at least it is on HGTV!) and a great way to update it.  My room is a light yellow, with white trim and a white fireplace, and while I usually like the natural brick color, I really like how the white looks in the room also, it really brightens it up and makes it look very clean. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh, but another thing to consider is that if the stone right now is unpainted, would future buyers prefer the natural stone, or a painted look?  I’m not sure how easy paint is to remove from the stone, but I think once u start painting it, it may be hard to back.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think you should paint the walls the light color and then see what you think.  I think the stone might look nice without competing with all the texture of the walls. 

Painting it is just such a permanent decision!!! 

YoungHouseLove did a white painted brick fireplace. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Painting a brick fireplace is much more accepted than a stone. that is actually pretty nice stone and could hurt resale.

If you do want to paint it you will need some primer and than some heat resistant paint to do it properly.

Instead I would opt for spending a little on a cover up for the fireplace (that is removeable) and or a great mantel.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I agree with previous comments; paint would probably reduce the value of the fireplace. But that mantle isn’t so great and neither is the mirror, so I think you could replace both of those and have a far bigger impact.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think the room will look COMPLETELY different with a soft colored wall and white baseboard.  Remove the mirror and maybe put a nice mantle up there and you might not even mind the stone any more. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@theeekingeek:  My husband has done this with two homes he remodeled.  You can take a look at some before and after photos on his website: http://builtsquare.com/index.php?p=portfolio.  Sorry, you’ll have to scroll through all of the photos to see, but both homes had two fireplaces.  I believe he used a stain vs. paint on three of them, and then tiled over another.  IMO they turned out much nicer.  It’s true that you can’t UN-paint them, so you’d want to choose the stain or paint very carefully, but I think you’d like the look a lot better.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree that you should repaint and do everything else before you make a decision about the fireplace. You may decide that you like it with the new color scheme

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