Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover

Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover

Painted stone fireplace makeover 

You all know I love a “better than it was” project! And I think my painted stone fireplace makeover certainly qualifies! As you also know, I’ve been staring at my fireplace for eight months, wondering how to fix it. The mauve grout, the dated color. The off-centeredness. We could rip it all out, but that comes at a cost of time, money and mess.

Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover

When you have other more pressing projects and are budget-minded, you can’t help but wonder if this one you should even start on? And how much do you really want to invest on a fireplace makeover? If I just painted it, would I ruin it? Would it make a difference?

Questions continued to swirl around in my head with no clear answers. This fireplace was like a billboard, trying to get attention. It wanted to boss my style around and distract me from everything I wanted this room to be. It paralyzed me. I knew how I wanted it to look in my most perfect dream, that part was clear. I also knew there were simple changes we could make to improve it, whether it would be trim work or a mantel.

But finally I decided that I was tired of looking at it like it was and even though I do have a vision for what I want it to be someday, I wasn’t ready to take the plunge with a remodel for it yet. Maybe in a few months. Maybe in a year. But not today. Even if I decided to add trim or built-ins to it in a few weeks, I didn’t like the pink hue of the grout and stone so I had to start somewhere.

Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover

A painted stone fireplace makeover seemed to be the easiest solution for this project. And honestly, the worst that could happen was I still hated it. The best that could happen is I would like my room better than I did with it as it was, and even save myself time and money while we save for this project down the road.

Of course, even after I decided to paint it, more questions popped up. What kind of paint? Do I have to sand? Prime? Gah. And, the worst, I had to decide what color. At first I thought it should just be white so it would basically go away and be less noticeable. That made sense.

But I don’t often like white stone unless it is done beautifully. And, I already had a white brick fireplace downstairs, so I finally just decided to go with gray. It’s a safe stone color that blends in with all my neutrals and I can always go white later if I don’t like it. Or I’ll tear it all out and redo it later. Crisis averted.

Phew, thank goodness paint color isn’t permanent or I might have waited another year wrestling over that one.

Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover

Once I made the decision to proceed with paint, I thought maybe I’d try that chalky type of paint that seems to adhere well to surfaces and would perhaps keep the stone looking more natural. It seemed liked the best choice for this project, so I bought a can of $35 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to give it a try (I ordered mine online here).

Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover

We only used a tiny bit of the paint, so truly this was a bargain makeover. I still have most of the can leftover to use for other projects! It was easy.

How to: We wiped off the stone to make sure it didn’t have dust or cobwebs, mixed the Annie Sloan Chalk paint with water to dilute it so the stone would retain more of the natural look, rather than a heavily “painted” feel.

This part isn’t scientific and you can definitely play with it for the right ratio of paint and water for the look you want for your fireplace, but for a cup of paint we used maybe only 1/4 cup of paint (or a little more) and the rest water to give it translucency and painted it on with a brush. One coat. DONE.

I’m still playing around with the room and considering how it might feel if we added planks to the walls or a mantel, but I love that I can look at my room now and like it and (to me) at least it feels better than it did. I’m very happy with how my painted stone fireplace makeover turned out!

Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover

Fireplaces can be a focal point, but they don’t have to be in glaring focus if you don’t love it. If you have a fireplace you don’t like, paint can lessen its design impact so you can redirect the vision for your room in other ways.

Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover

Don’t let a dated feature boss your room around. Paint elements you don’t love so they just blend in, or paint something to look better than it did. No shame in the in-between stage. You might even end up loving it! But you’ll never know until you try!

Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover

>> Update: Check out the latest update on this room here, and our new daybed here! <<<

Painted Stone Fireplace Makeover


Round Rattan and White Mirror

Chalk Paint – Annie Sloan Paris Grey



Paint Color: Swan White by Glidden

Room inspiration: Painted Fireplaces

>>> Update: Check out the latest update on this room here, and our new daybed here! <<<

Home Decor Coloring Book – The Inspired Room

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room


love being creative. I always have. When I was a kid, I loved going to paper stores to look at all the notepads, pretty pens, coloring books and stickers. While other kids played with toys, I wallpapered cardboard boxes for my dolls to live in. I drew floor plans and searched magazines for the perfect houses and color schemes (surprised?). In high school, my favorite classes were art and calligraphy (to be honest I barely survived biology and algebra).

My first business as a young teen was painting strawberries on clothes pins and glass jars and selling them. My second business was as a scrapbook business for Creative Memories. And of course, through the years I’ve been able to enjoy creativity primarily through decorating my homes.

I feel fortunate to be able spend a lot of my days now working on one creative pursuit or another through my work, which is really cool and really makes my heart happy. But I wondered a few years ago if I needed to find a new hobby, since my hobby (decorating) was now my job! Hmmm…something to think about.

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room

Even when I try to just stop working for the evening I tend to start doing what I love doing, which is being creative and working on my house. HA! Sounds weird, but I STILL love what I get to do as my job just as much as I did when it was just a hobby.

So, even though I do not consider myself crafty at all, in recent years every time I saw cute idea for a craft, I’d buy the supplies with the intention to use them as a different way to be creative and relax. I got all the rubber stamps, all the paper, all the ribbons, all the embroidery kits, the beads, the markers, the colored pencils, the photo albums, the stickers, the glue, the washi tape, etc. So much stuff!

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room

A couple of years ago Courtney and I tackled decluttering all of our art and craft supplies, organizing each and every thing we wanted to keep. Everything we hadn’t found time to use in ages went to the church for the Sunday School or women’s groups or Goodwill.

It felt so good to make room for and organize the supplies we wanted to keep in a way that inspired us to actually use them! Our IKEA drawers are my favorite for crafts. My mindset used to be KEEP ALL THE THINGS just in case we wanted to use them for something someday. But I no longer think like that! Or at least I try not to because the funny thing was, the more stuff we had the less likely we were “do the things” because it was just too overwhelming to find and manage all that stuff! Now I strive to keep less, but actually make time to use what I love!

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room

I share some of my stories and thoughts about the significance of “doing the things” in my new book Make Room for What You Love. It isn’t just a book about decluttering and organizing! It’s about making room in your home and life for what you really love, including what recharges your energy for what you love and how to be more intentional with what you keep in your home and what you do with your time.

Speaking of doing what you love and making room for it in your life, months ago my girls and I started looking at all the coloring books in our favorite paper stores (yes, I still love going to paper stores!).

Coloring seemed to be the perfect way to unwind and relax because it was a creative task that wasn’t a part of a “to do list” (like painting a wall might be) nor did it require a lot of supplies to organize, other than a coloring book and a box of pretty colored pencils! We brought our favorites home and indeed we can confirm, coloring is just as amazing as it was when we were kids!

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Roomcolored pencils

But you know what? In our house-shaped heart of hearts, we really wanted HOUSE coloring books.

Since we couldn’t find what we were looking for, we partnered with our awesome publishing company to create the coloring book of OUR dreams!

It’s for all of us house and home lovers.

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room

On July 1, our first coloring book will be released and you guys, if we can say so ourselves, it’s adorable! We were blessed to be able to be very involved in the creative vision, which was super fun for us to dream up such a neat book!

The wonderful artist Nicole Dougherty (who worked with us on our other books) hand drew the most precious artwork and special quotes for this book, we can’t wait for you to see it!

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room

Houses, rooms, patterns, and all the most adorable of house-y things are inside.

You can dream up ideas, try out new color schemes, pick your favorite color and pattern combinations, and even color pretty pages that you can frame as art or hang on your inspiration board (all the pages are perforated, one-sided and printed on high quality paper).

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room

What you see in this post is just a very tiny sneak peek of what you’ll find in the book (we haven’t yet received the first actual copies, just sample pages!) we will share the book with you the moment we have a copy in hand! The cover is a gorgeous companion to The Inspired Room book with shimmery copper leaves and would make a fun gift or girls’ night activity book!

> You can preorder it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and it will be delivered to you as soon as it is available! <<

**  The colored pencils we use are these and these (the second ones are our favorites, great quality!) **

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room
We can tell you for sure after spending the past few weeks coloring pages, coloring is just as fun (if not more so) than it was in kindergarten! We can’t stop! We hope you’ll love this coloring book as much as we do. It was a complete joy to be involved in this project.

It is so important to make room in your home and life for the things you love. Make the time to be creative and to do things you enjoy!

This week I’ll be sharing some updates around my house (progress on my fireplace!) as well as more about making room for what matters most to us in our home!

The colored pencils we use are these and these (the second ones are our favorites, great quality!)

Home Decor Coloring Book - The Inspired Room