1970’s Stone Fireplace Makeover

1970’s Stone Fireplace Before & After

Hello Fellow DIYers!

If you are reading this post, you may have an imposing, dark, 1970’s style stone fireplace that is turning your living area into a cave. And you may have searched for HOURS online and on Pinterest trying to find a good way to update it without turning your house into a construction zone.  And you may have looked at pictures of painted stone that looks, well… painted, and thrown your hands up saying you would rather have a natural-looking, ugly fireplace than a fake-looking, painted fireplace.  Well my friends, I am here to tell you, the struggle is over.  And let me tell you, it was SO easy (though quite time consuming for the whole wall).  Here is my fireplace before and after–>

Here is how I achieved this:

  1. Clean the stone with a little soapy water. 
  2. Vacuum all the little pebbles and sand from the grout and stone surface.
  3. Lay a tarp/ drop cloth on floor and tape the edges.
  4. Tape ceiling and walls
  5. Paint the entire face, including grout, with watered-down ASCP in Paris Grey.
  6. Add some white (flat) latex house paint to the ASCP mixture.
  7. Use a dry-brushing technique to achieve dimension.  Make sure you do this lightly so as to only accent the stone peaks, not the valleys.  This will look more realistic. 
    Left side: not dry-brushed.  Right side: dry-brushed
  8. Do any touch-ups where they are needed to have a similar look to every stone.
  9. Light a fire!
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  Post comments if you have any questions 🙂
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12 thoughts on “1970’s Stone Fireplace Makeover

  1. I just added enough water to make the paint a bit more runny, but not translucent, and still allow for good, even coverage. If I had to guess I would say about 3:1 paint to water. For the white latex paint, add enough to get the tone you want. That ratio is probably 2:1 chalk paint to white latex paint. Hopefully this helps, sorry I don't have exact numbers! Thanks for posting and good luck.


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