Painted Stone Fireplace DIY

Painted Stone Fireplace

I love giving my home special touches here and there that suit my personality.  After living in my home for a little more than 5 years the rock on my fire place started to get to me and I really needed a change in our main living room.  The thought process started and I was intrigued to take on the challenge of painting my fireplace stone a beautiful soft gray to give it a pop of some much needed character.  This project was much easier than I anticipated and took a total of 2 hours from start to finish.  I really hope you enjoy this tutorial and it’ll inspire you to paint something in your home to give it some character.  From my home to yours, enjoy.

Fireplace redo

Supplies Used

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Primitive (See the entire color line here)
  • Paint Brush
  • Damp Rag
  • Vacuum
  • Clear Coat Varnish


Before I could start any actual painting I had to clean off the stones as best as possible.  I started off by vacuuming the stones, grout, fireplace area and more than followed by going over with a damp warm cloth and scrub the stones one by one. The stones didn’t appear dirty to the naked eye but once I took that damp cloth to the stones it was filthy.  After you clean the stones allow to air dry for about 30 minutes before you start any painting.  I removed my mantle from the fireplace and set aside so I could paint all the stones that were exposed.  I opened up my jar of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Primitive (which is a gorgeous light grey color) and using a flat paint brush started painting from the middle to the top down to the bottom.  The last stones I painted were the steps since I was using them for extra height.  I didn’t paint the inside of the fireplace as the paint I used is flammable and not meant for the inside of fire places.  I painted all the stones and let dry overnight, and then the next morning I decided to paint all the grout to make the overall look blend together.  While painting the grout I dabbed the paint into the grout allowing some of the actual grout to peek through for character.  This project took a total of 2 hours of painting and drying over night and it turned out gorgeous!  I was never a fan of the brown tone stones and now I’m loving the light grey stones.  A complete living room makeover just by using a jar of paint.

Fireplace stone before

Fireplace stone during

fireplace stone after

How gorgeous does my mantle look with all the decorations now?  The colors of the fall scheme really pop against the light grey stones.

Painted Fireplace closeup

Disclaimer: I am a proud member of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach program and was provided products to complete this project.  I was not compensated for this post and all work and photos are my own.

One thought on “Painted Stone Fireplace DIY

  1. I have been wanting to paint my stone fireplace since we move in 8 years ago. I;m now brave enough to do it since seeing yours. My stone is almost exactly like yours and is much too dark for the room. Where is this paint sold? Thank you for sharing. Your fireplace is beautiful!

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