Back in 2011 I did a mini fireplace makeover. You can check it out here. It helped, but I still did not love this fireplace. I hated the orange/rust color in the stones. I'm still not quite sure why anyone would put orange/rust stones in the same house with pink tile. Yes, we still have the same pink tile from when the house was built. I had toyed with the idea of painting or whitewashing the stone for a long time. Several seem to be of the opinion that it will lower the house value for resale. Well, I've lived here nearly 10 years and I don't care anymore. I want it to look pretty to me, not some potential, possibly, one day buyer. I figured it couldn't possibly look any worse than it already did. So I did it. I whitewashed the stone.
First I cleaned the stone. I just used my normal cleaner and made sure to get as much dust and sand off as possible.
Next I mixed my paint and water. I just used some flat paint I had on hand. I used a 1:3 ratio. 1 part paint to 3 parts water.
Now for the work. I brushed the paint on and waited just a bit before wiping it back off. I did this until I got the coverage I was looking for. Be careful of drips!
It's looking much better, but I still have plans to tweak it just a bit. I plan on painting the insert again, but this time with white. Hubby says he would like the stones to have a hint more ivory to them, so eventually I will do an ivorywash. ;) I'm also thinking of using a satin finish instead of the flat finish. But, in the meantime I am liking this so much more than that ugly orange/rust color. Did I mention I hated the orange/rust?
Now for the pics!