How To Paint A Stone Fireplace: 4 Steps

In just a few hours, you can completely transform the look of your living room by painting the stone fireplace a simple, new color.

Consider the look you’re going for when choosing the color. A color that complements the room’s wall color is a good starting point.

White is a good choice comes in a variety of colors, from creamy beige undertones to yellow undertones. Consider holding up paint samples to determine which hue best matches your wall color. Avoid making the shade too harsh. Gray or tan would be a better option if white doesn’t work for you.

A little broom is ideal for removing dust and grime from your stone. It’s possible to remove any soot or filth with a sponge or a scrub brush and a bucket of soap and water. Painter’s tape is the next step in the process of protecting the floor and the walls from paint. A drop cloth should be laid down on the floor in case any paint gets on it.

Apply one or two coats of an oil-based primer all over the stone and mortar when the stones are dry. Next, choose a water-based paint color of your choice, and you’ll be able to transform your room in an instant.

How to Paint a Stone Fireplace

A natural stone fireplace can serve as a focal point in a room, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. You can, however, paint the fireplace if you’re moving into a new house and want to incorporate it into the new appearance of the room or if you just want to freshen things up.

Step 1: Prepare for Painting

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In order to execute the task correctly, the most critical step is to thoroughly clean and prepare the stone fireplace for painting. Remove everything from the fireplace, including screens and tools, as well as any ornamental pieces, and begin the process of cleaning it. Tape off the mantle and any nearby areas that you don’t wish to paint. Using drop cloths and painter’s tape, secure the floor around the fireplace to prevent paint from dripping.

Water, an all-purpose cleaner, and a wire scrub brush should be used to clean the fireplace’s surface. Complete drying is required. Inspect the stones and mortar for any large fractures. Cracks as small as a hairline can be painted over, but bigger ones must be corrected first. Fill the cracks with a paintable acrylic latex caulk. Before painting, wait for the caulk to harden and dry.

Step 2: Choose the Right Paint

Common Types Of Stains On Natural-Stone Fireplaces

Consider utilizing a paint that is specifically designed for use on stone. Latex paint, which is more resistant to fading, flexibility, and adhesion on stone, is recommended. True Value EasyCare Ultra Premium Interior Primer/Sealer and True Value EasyCare Ultra Premium Exterior Masonry/Stucco Paint are the ideal products to use for painting tough surfaces like stone, brick, or concrete.

Step 3: Prime and Paint the Fireplace

If you’re painting a fireplace made of stone, you’ll need the right tools. Paint rollers are ideal tools for priming and painting tough exteriors like brick or stone, which can be difficult to completely cover.

It’s possible to use any roller cover for painting flat surfaces like walls. Roller covers of at least one-inch nap are required for hard, uneven surfaces like stone. In addition, for optimal strength, choose a heavy-duty 5-wire roller frame.

Using a plastic roller frame to get paint into all the nooks and pores of the surface can cause it to distort or break. Using professional-grade paintbrushes with wood handles and synthetic bristles is recommended for brushwork. If you’re painting with latex, these are your best bet for getting nice results. Make sure you have a variety of brushes to choose from. For small, tight cracks, use a 1″ angled brush; for cutting in, use a 2″ angled brush; and for overall painting, use a 3″+ brush.

Helpful tips

How To Paint A Stone Fireplaces

Do not overdo it with paint when using a brush to get into the nooks and crannies of your surface. Push the paint in by wriggling the brush up and down and back and forth.

A primer and a sealer should be used prior to painting. This prevents the topcoat from absorbing and drying unevenly by sealing porous surface material. Preventing peeling, corrosion and bleed-through is also a benefit. Apply primer on your roller by dipping it into a paint tray. Work from the top to the bottom to ensure an even distribution of the paint on the entire surface. Brushes can be used to get into hard-to-reach places. After the primer has dried sufficiently, you can begin painting.

When you’re ready to paint, fill a paint tray with True Value EasyCare Ultra Premium Exterior Masonry/Stucco Paint and coat a roller with it. The top-to-bottom rule should be followed once more. When a roller isn’t an option, switch to brushes. When you’re finished painting, use a roller to even out the paint coverage. For best results, apply two coats.

Step 4: Clean Up

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Paint cans should be sealed and discarded properly. With warm, soapy water, it’s simple to clean paintbrushes and other equipment. The roller coverings and brushes should be thoroughly rinsed in a bucket of water until the water is clear. Take care when putting away drop cloths to avoid spreading any paint that may have fallen onto them. Tape should be removed at a 45-degree angle so that fresh paint isn’t ruined. Remember that the more time it has been on, the more difficult it is to get it off.


After painting your stone fireplace, you’ll notice a dramatic change in the overall look and feel of your room. Your new fireplace may beg for a new set of doors or a new mantle to complete its new look because it is lighter, brighter, and more open. Think fresh, clean, and simple when updating your stone fireplace.

Even if you’re just refinishing what you already have or buying new fireplace doors and a new mantle, now is the time to evaluate the accessories you’ve used in the past. Your fireplace’s mantle and doors will likely be more noticeable now that the stone has been coated, so it’s crucial to keep them in good condition.

As an example, consider replacing gold-colored brass doors with solid black ones for a more contemporary aesthetic. It’s always possible to replace a wood mantel with a rustic beam or paint it to match the woodwork in the rest of the room so that it coordinates with your TV in your living room. If your fireplace is a fake at this point, consider adding in an gas fireplace insert to reclaim the magic of realistic flames!

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Hi, my name’s Eugene Duke and I love sitting by my fireplace reading a book and sipping on an adult beverage. Do you have a fireplace in your house? I’ll help you figure out the best type and style of fireplace for your home.


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