If I haven’t told you already we purchased a new home back in July and moved from our little starter home into a more family friendly cape-style house. I like the house, but it needs a lot of up-dating to get it to where we LOVE it. Our plan is to open up the walls in the main living area to add more light, but as a quick fix to the drab, dark feeling in the living room, we painted the fireplace white. I had the hardest time finding good instructions online for this. There was ONE- just one- tutorial on how to paint a stone fireplace on this blog . AND it’s pretty vague.
That being said, I’m going to provide you with a bit more of a thorough how-to here on this post.
What you will need:
- White vinegar + Water + a rag to thoroughly clean the stone. If your stone is really dirty then you will need a wire brush to clean it off.
- Tarps or old t-shirts to throw on the ground around the fireplace
- plastic bag to cover the grate if you have one
- Kilz original oil based primer (see below)
- Gliddon Diamond PURE WHITE semi-gloss paint (or any white paint you like that is OK over oil based primer)
- Tough paint brushes (see below) (big and small ones)
- A way to ventilate the home (I opened my front and back doors and turned on the fans).
- Some kind of brush cleaner for the oil based primer such as turpentine if you intend on salvaging your brushes
- Protective eye wear and gloves (I didn’t use gloves but I got Kilz in my wedding ring so I’d recommend it)
STEP 1: clean the stone with either your water and vinegar mix (equal parts) or the wire brush or both and then let the stone dry for at least 24 hours
STEP 2: throw down drop cloths
STEP 3: open doors/windows for ventilation. This stuff is strong!
STEP 4: prime your stone with the KILZ and wait another 24 hours for that to dry before putting your paint down. You may need more than one coat depending on how porous your stone is. I only needed one coat.
STEP 5: Once the Kilz is dry then go in with your white paint. I chose a semi-gloss for ease in cleaning, though I like the look of matte finishes on stone too.
Overall this project was super easy and I love the way it turned out. It didn’t take long to actually apply the paint but because of the extended drying times I’d plan on this taking full weekend. Start Friday cleaning the stone, prime Saturday, paint Sunday. Or break it up if you don’t have a full weekend free. It doesn’t matter!
I hope someone out there finds this helpful! Feel free to leave comments if you have any questions.