Hey friends! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might have weighed in on how I should paint our fireplace. Well… big surprise, I went with black! Today I’m sharing our black painted fireplace.
Many of you liked the stone color and didn’t want me to paint it, but this room just had too many orange/brown tones. Between my camel recliner, the mid-century furniture that I love, the parquet floors, and the stone fireplace. Painting the fireplace would be an easy way to tone down all the browns.
Initially I was on the fence between black or white and I paid for a $5 gig on Fiverr to have someone mock it up both ways. If you’re like me and don’t know how to photoshop, this is a cheap way to see how your room will look. Here are the two mock-ups.
You might remember I painted our brick fireplace black in our last house, and I used Amy Howard One Step Paint. I really liked how it covered in one thick coat so I decided to use it again! The entire fireplace took two quarts of the One Step Paint in Basic Black. **affiliate link**
Before I painted the fireplace, I used my vacuum attachment to clean all of the stone. It was crazy how dusty and dirty it was! Then I taped off each window panel and covered the hearth with paper to protect it.
The best part of this paint is that you can even use it on the surround! It can handle high heat and it adhered beautifully with no prep other than cleaning! I’ve learned that an old fat brush works best. I would load my brush to paint the grout lines first, and then do the faces of the bricks.
For Christmas my parents got us one of these work platforms and it was SO nice for the painting up high. I’ve already used it a ton.
At the end I used a small brush to edge the sides of the brick and where it met the ceiling. This took me about 8 hours of prepping, painting, and touching up. For the HUGE impact it made I’d say it was totally worth it.Now that it’s done I love how the white skull pops against the black. I’m SO much happier with how this room looks now. It really toned down all the orange and brown tones and became a gorgeous accent. Lately it seems like I’m painting everything black, but it just seems to work!
I hope that this post inspired you to paint something that you hate! Even if it’s permanent, it’s worth it if you’ll enjoy it more! In case my fireplace isn’t enough to convince you, check out this roundup of other black painted fireplaces.