Rock Fireplace Makeover

Dated: 08/17/2019

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Rock Fireplace Makeover

When I moved into my new house, I had a love / hate relationship with this fireplace. It definitely makes a statement, but not exactly the one I was wanting to make. I kind of liked the natural, irregular rock but hated the yellowish hue and how dirty it was – I couldn’t get it clean. I wanted to paint it white but that seemed risky and if I didn’t like it, then what? After finding several inspiration photos of painted stone that I loved, I decided to go for it.

Natural stacked rock fireplace

I knew that I wanted the finish to stay matte and natural looking, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted solid coverage or distressed. I’ve painted brick before and it either ended up looking flat and dull using matte paint OR too shiny using anything else. After much research on what product I was going to use I discovered Romabio Limewash. It’s interior / exterior lime paint that’s “breathable” and commonly used on porous surfaces like brick, stucco and, in this case, rock or stone.

When I first started painting the rock, I hated it and started to panic. But I decided to trust the process and inspiration photos that I loved and painted the whole thing white before I made any changes. I’m glad I did because I love it!

Natural stacked rock fireplace painted with limewash

Here’s what you need to know about Limewash.

  • The finish takes on a completely different character once it’s dry about an hour. It will have a natural, chalky look to it which cannot be created with regular paint.
  • It goes on transparent and is great for whitewash looks. I wanted complete coverage so it took 2 thick coats.
  • You can completely remove this product for up to five days. If you want to distress it you have plenty of time to create the look you want.
  • It’s supposed to completely cure in five days but after a couple weeks the chalky finish would still come off on people’s clothes if they sat down on the bench seat. I may have mixed the product too thick or maybe that’s just the way it is. I resolved the problem with Kilz Klear Multi-Surface Sealer. It set the limewash so it doesn’t come off, but it maintained the natural finish and color.

I added a custom wood mantle and now it’s gorgeous!

Danna Flemons, REALTOR
The Flemons Group  |  JP and Associates Realtors

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Danna Flemons

After graduating college, Danna worked for over 15 years in the advertising and marketing industry helping companies brand themselves and stand out from their competition. Danna's professional backgro....

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