This reader is getting ready to install a fresh white kitchen with an earthy stone fireplace in the adjacent room. Should she paint her stone fireplace? Keep reading to find out.
Okay, so a while ago when I changed the “Ask Maria” questions to “Send me what’s bothering you” questions, ya’ll pretty much stopped sending them, so obviously that wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever come up with. (sigh)
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Recently I received an Ask Maria question from Julie, that I thought more of you might also want to know, and here it is:
Hi Maria! I just found you and have been reading as many of your articles as I can fit in each day! I also purchased and read your e-book about whites. What can I say. . . I’m hooked! Your work fascinates me. I just came across the “Ask Maria” section of your web page and have a question.
I am starting a remodel of my kitchen. I am a fan of the white look and am planning on white cabinets with a white quartz countertop. After reading your book, I can see that I have a problem that my kitchen will face my family room that has a large sandstone fireplace. It will be my only fixed thing in my house that I need to worry about, as I will be remodeling the rest of the room. Is it too “earthy” for me to use one of the off whites in your book? I have also thought about trying to paint the sandstone with a chalk paint to make it an off-white. Not sure if this is a good idea though.
Should I paint my fireplace?
Is this fireplace too earthy to be literally in the same room as a white (off-white or cream) kitchen?
Yes, it is.
The fireplace in your great room/adjoining family room should definitely relate to what’s happening in your kitchen if you want to avoid the look of yesterday and today.
All you have to do is imagine a white kitchen that looks similar to this one sitting opposite your current stone fireplace and you’ll run to paint it 🙂
Use Chalk Paint on Your Fireplace.
Chalk painting your fireplace is a great idea! Although your sandstone fireplace can also get away with being painted with a solid paint like the very first fireplace image in this post (above).
But before chalk paint came along, I would advise my clients NOT to paint stone fireplaces because then they would look like this:
While this fireplace looks 10 times better than it did before it was painted, to my eye, it looks too flat.
You can also get away with a solid, painted look with brick fireplaces very easily, of course (below). Painted brick looks a lot like white subway tile and brick doesn’t have the texture and the same uneven look that stone fireplaces do.
via Smitten Studio
Whitewash Your Stone Fireplace for More Definition
Although Stephen Shubel would definitely disagree with me, he simply had this fireplace painted in this California cottage that he decorated (below).
Or did he whitewash it? Hmmm. . . it’s hard to say but it does look like the grout in between the stones has some definition, which makes it look less like solid, painted stone, and similar to this whitewashed fireplace below:
Julie, here’s a fireplace in very much the same tones as yours and here’s the result after it was chalk painted and white washed:
Paint Your Stone or Brick Fireplace to Match Your Trim Colour
I hope this post gives you the confidence to paint your fireplace! One last word of advice is to keep it your trim colour. I’m not a fan of grey or dark painted fireplaces, they tend to feel flat and instantly dated.
Over to you, my lovelies, do you think a stone fireplace looks good painted a solid colour? Or should it have some dimension created by using chalk paint?
Have a great week everyone!
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