Painting Our (Faux) Stone Fireplace

I love that we have a fireplace in our bedroom! Such a treat, but the faux stone wasn't really working for me. We almost took it all off in the same way we removed the fireplace surround in our living room.

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Before going to all that trouble though, I thought it was worth it to try painting the stone first. At the very least I thought it would buy me some time. So Ali and I tackled the big, dusty thing. We just used white primer and small two-inch angled brushes. It took quite a few hours to get in all those nooks and crannies! I probably should have just sprayed the thing with my Critter, but I didn't want to move all our stuff out and do all the prep work (lazy).

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We got to about this point and I felt hopeful about the way the white would look in the room.


Then in the morning, the light streamed in through the windows and suddenly I LOVED our faux stone fireplace! With the white paint, suddenly the fireplace looked interesting and kind of cool! And I think the contrast against the dark walls (Benjamin Moore's Knoxville Gray) is so pretty. I'm even liking the 80s palladian arch windows more now.

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Originally the plan was to hang that giant carved mirror we had in the brownstone living room on the fireplace. It is just barely big enough to cover up the arch. I tried as hard as I could to get a nail or a screw into that faux stone but the masonry drill bit I had on hand just wasn't cutting it. Then I thought to try the old peacock mirror, which was sitting on the floor in our office just down the hall. Admittedly I was in an 'oh, just screw it' mood, but I was actually pretty happy with how it looks inside the arch.

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I spy quite a few things in these images that need to happen next - I need to finish baseboards (the other side of the room is done) and I desperately need to change out the ceiling fan (or maybe paint this one too? And just shorten the hanging rod).

I also still need to add panel board to the front of the stone on the hearth. The wood floors didn't quite fit underneath the stone, so there are gaps on the floor that need to be covered. Plus I just think it would look good to have paneling here.

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I think black paint would look really good actually with the dark granite.

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So what do you think of the peacock mirror in here? Should I still plan to cover up the arch with the big carved mirror after buying a new masonry bit? I'm leaning toward keeping this one up for now.

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77 comments:

decoratica said...

I love how the room is pulling together. That mantel has a spanish vibe that I kinda like and the mirror just do it great.
Amazing, as always :)

Angie said...

Lookin good! I do like the peacock mirror, though I'd love to see the other mirror there-it could add some nice texture. I like the peek of the rug, and the paneling idea is so smart. You're amazing!

Naz said...

I love how it's turning out and the peacock mirror adds a perfect touch to it also.

Michelle Ash Latham said...

I love the painted stone -- it looks so much better white! And I like the peacock mirror there -- it's a perfect fit!

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Kackie said...

LOVE the painted stone! I would finish paneling and everything else before I decided on mirror. It's looking great though!

Michelle Panting said...

I think the peacock mirror is a happy accident. It's shape and design contrasts so prettily with the white faux stone. You're a wizard Jenny!

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katie said...

I'm not sure about the peacock mirror - I think with the colours and other features you've got going on, you need something that looks bolder and stronger, more purposeful. I think the peacock mirror is just a bit too small - it kind of washes out both the mirror and the fireplace instead of highlighting them both. I'd definitely be inclined to try the carved mirror. Could you maybe install it from where you've installed the peacock mirror? I'm not sure how it would work, but if you can drill into that wall, maybe there's a way to hang from the carved mirror from there as well?

katie said...

Forgot to say - I am, of course, totally loving it. All of it! It's so fun to see all the progress, and I'm really impressed with how much you're updating. You must be exhausted!

DRIFTWOOD HOME + DESIGN said...

The last thing I'd ever consider you is lazy, Jenny!! :-) looking good!

My Notting Hill said...

It really worked to paint the stone. I say go w/your original vision and cover up the arch. Think it will look even better.

Tracy Laverty said...

I love that you painted the stone and worked with what you have first. You can always change it later if you really want to, but something tells me you have a million other projects going on. Your room is turning out beautiful and has an eclectic feel. So inspiring! I absolutely love your blog.

Britts said...

It is perfection! Stunning mirror.

Dianne said...

Cover the arch with your original idea. It will be less busy.
You amaze me with all that you do.

Jaye said...

I really like the painted fireplace, it gives the room texture. I love to touch things, and I know I would be touching this fireplace because of the texture. Great job as usual. I like the peacock mirror. I say live with it for a week or two and see how you feel.

Nikki, Cody, and Tessa said...

I think I'd try the larger carved mirror. Although the peacock mirror looks lovely, the larger mirror might take it a notch up. Good thinking on the white stone!

Miggy said...

I love it the way it is...of course I have a feeling you'll at least put the carved one up to see how it looks, but I'm digging the peacock. I'm amazed how much the white paint changed the look of everything. Another home run.

Clayr Locke said...

I love it, the white is such a pretty contrast to the dark walls. I would leave the peacock mirror too, it really helps pull in the arches of the windows. Beautiful room!

Erica said...

Wow, it looks fabulous! I really like the peacock mirror, but I'd give the larger mirror a try - I think it might elevate the space even more. Can't wait to see the 80's arches in the window covered with shades - that is such a brilliant, simple idea!

Jessica Driggers said...

Loving the peacock mirror!!!

Rose Hansen said...

It looks so much better. We painted out stone fireplace white too. Such an easy fix. Ours was painted a really awful dusty rose. The walls in the second story were a really bright peach. Nice accent color, but every wall? I LOVE that peacock mirror too. Either mirror will look great though.

Erin said...

Hard to tell without seeing the larger mirror, but I'm really impressed with how well the peacock mirror works, and pulls the eye right past the arch. I think the black panel along the bottom will be gorgeous, and really ground the fireplace. I also love the gray walls - makes a large bedroom feel cozy and welcoming. So much fun to see it all coming together!

Jaime said...

Its just perfect and gives my little gross fireplace hope. This Mom of four girls needs some inspiration all the time so thanks for this!

Barbara Matson said...

I think the mirror is just perfect in that spot!

Emily said...

Such a transformation! It doesn't even look like the same room!

Michelle said...

Hi jenny,

I was just on west elm's site and saw that their faux marble throw pillows were on sale and remembered your post about wanting them for your room. Thought I'd let you know! p.s. love the peacock mirror! p.p.s. tried your DIY concrete idea in my kids' bathroom and love it. :)

Sara said...

i definitely vote big carved mirror rather than the peacock mirror. The peacock mirror looks like a place holder, albeit a very pretty one!

emily said...

I think sometimes it's better to go with the architecture rather than fight it. So the round mirror, arched windows and fireplace all work together. I would also recommend checking out cool modern ceiling fans- there are some gorgeous ones out there and in AZ it is so nice to have a fan in your bedroom, as long as you have a remote to go with it!

Laura said...

What a difference painting the stone made! And for some reason, I really like that mirror there. The arch looked kind of weird before you painted the fireplace, but now it seems more integrated, and the peacock mirror is a good fit for the shape. Love it!

C said...

The white on stone solution looks great! I really like the peacock mirror, but I'm not crazy about the white behind it. What about making that the same grey as the walls?

Shantastic said...

I think you should keep the mirror and use the base of the arch as a mantle - I mean candles in the bedroom are awesome right - and how cool would it be to reflect them off the mirror. :)

Love This Space said...

I love the arch. I like how you've featured it with the peacock mirror. Keep that!

The white definitely looks better. This looks somewhat like my family room fire place. The problem with that lumpy brick/stone is that it gets really dusty and is hard to clean! I hate that. The only thing that come close to cleaning it up is the brush attachment on the vacuum.

Anyone have any tips for these? I'd love to find a better way to keep these clean.

Celeste said...

I actually love the peacock mirror's oval shape, which gives reason to the archway in the fireplace.

Also, I never knew how I felt about painted stone or brick until you posted your photo to Instagram. Now that I've seen the whole thing, I can say I looove the texture. So interesting!

The paneling will look great, though. It will keep that texture in-check.

Daphne said...

I vote for keep the peacock mirror. You can change it later if you get bored with it.

pam said...

i like the peacock mirror there.... but what about painting the inset area the wall color or darker? just a thought...

Dani said...

Absolutely keep the peacock mirror! It looks very chic in the arch and I have greater confidence in those arches now, thanks to you!

Zoe Royall said...

I spy lavender!

Kathy said...

Wow! Love it all!

Dani said...

Also, I have to agree with Tracy about working with what you have, first. It's a way of life and admirable to turn something ugly or so-so into something remarkable. I've seen you do it time and again so even as I read the posts and so many people say change the mirror, I stand by the peacock mirror because it honors what was and now looks fantastic!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Gorgeous stone... beautiful with white paint too! It really makes a statement. What a treasure!

Bre Wenzinger said...

I love how the circular mirror is the same width as the fireplace. I feel like a large mirror over the entire nook would overpower it. And holy cow what a difference that white paint makes! Gorgeous!

Rachael said...

This glimpse into your bedroom reminds me of something out of a Serena & Lily catalog, and I mean that in a good way! Their adult spaces are always so tranquil and pretty. I am surprised to discover that I actually love those windows! Something about the BM paint and now-white fireplace combination. Really elegant. I think the peacock mirror works nicely. Since you are a photoshop master is there a way to play around with the mirrors via photoshop first and save yourself some potential backache?

Mrs. White said...

I think the peacock mirror looks wonderful but what about painting the inside of the niche a dark or contrasting color as well to make it really stand out? Everything looks so pretty-you have more energy than a pack of 8 year-olds! :)

Blair Wilson said...

the fireplace looks great, as usual i'm so impressed with everything you do! my vote is to use the other mirror, i think the carving against the white stone would look fantastic.

A.Co said...

WOW!! What a job and what a result!! I love the white and never would have thought (but hey, that's why you're the expert ;) It looks GREAT.

The peacock mirror looks pretty good up in there too!

sarah said...

oh man, jenny. this looks amazing. love love the white on the FP and the contrast of the walls. i actually like the mirror, but think the bigger one could be really cool. i vote to see it in photoshop first!!

Maggie McGunigle said...

I absolutely love the mirror in the little 'cave' and the covering up of the bottom stone looks so good! The white brightens the room up and it looks really great! I can't wait to see more, you're a genius.

mary straton said...

I love how the mirror looks there! everything looks amazing, as always!

Meagan Claire said...

Like I have any clout, but still: carved mirror, without a doubt.

junebug said...

Love the mirror. It feels at home in Arizona and at home in your house. And the paint made a miracle!

junebug said...

Love the mirror. It feels at home in Arizona and at home in your house. And the paint made a miracle!

Joanna said...

Looks so much better! Nice job. A client of mine has a similar faux stone fireplace, I'm definitely showing her these photos

colleen said...

I love this mirror and love the area that seems to be its home... its all gorgeous! BUT to be sure just have your husband hold the other mirror over this one and take a picture and be sure you don't like that option better. Personally, I like the mirror you have up better than the other option so I wouldn't change a thing! I have a big 80's window palladian thing going on in my family room... yours seems to "go away" w/ what you 've done...wish mine would!

Kristin Thomas said...

I actually really like the mirror. I think it's more interesting than just a rectangular one. Looks like you got it on your world travels or something.

Jacqueline Noto said...

I think the larger mirror covering the arch is worth trying - only because the inset of the fireplace is brick while the inset of the arch is smooth and flat. I think it's too much so I'd want it covered. Or maybe painting it gray? Probably easy enough to test with photo shop. Love yor plan for the bottom!

Kristin said...

You = miracle worker.
I love natural light so I would not cover the window arches. Based on that decision, I would keep the fireplace arch visible because it ties in with the arched windows. The peacock mirror looks good and allows space to put things on the mantel. Candles would so lovely there. Great idea on the panel. I love to see all you do with carpentry - clever lady!

Kristin said...

You = miracle worker.
I love natural light so I would not cover the window arches. Based on that decision, I would keep the fireplace arch visible because it ties in with the arched windows. The peacock mirror looks good and allows space to put things on the mantel. Candles would so lovely there. Great idea on the panel. I love to see all you do with carpentry - clever lady!

Happenstance said...

Wow, I think it looks great! Way to think it through before doing away with it.

KC Chick said...

I love the white paint on the fireplace. I love the peacock mirror, but with all the texture of the fireplace maybe something simpler (like the carved mirror you've been talking about) would look more polished.

glitterandgoatcheese said...

I like the peacock mirror over the fireplace. The carved mirror + faux stone might be TOO much texture? But who knows until you see it, I guess?

Titti @ Shoestring Pavilion said...

I personally love the outcome of the fireplace/mirror combo! But then I have an abnormal love for that mirror. No need to cover up the arched nook, in my opinion. Sometimes working with what you have gives a room more soul than if you follow "conventional" decorating practice. Looking great so far!

Gary and Sara said...

Love the mirror and think the paneling would be worth every bit if effort. I'd totally paint the fan for now and change out the shades. Love it all!

Sarah said...

I think I'd like the other mirror better.

anna.r.halpern@gmail.com said...

I say go with the carved mirror. I think it will make a bigger impact on the space. The peacock mirror gets lost inside the arch, and doesn't pop as much as the carved mirror would.

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td said...

I agree with many others; I can't believe how great that Peacock mirror look in the alcove. I t really does pull all the architecture together and adds a unique vibe rather than reflect what everyone else in blogland is doing. However, it's your house and I so love your sense of scale that whatever you decide I'm sure I'll love. In any case you seem to change things around alot, so maybe just live with it for a while. The rug looks beautiful.
P.S I was just thinking how lazy you are.;)

td said...

I agree with many others; I can't believe how great that Peacock mirror look in the alcove. I t really does pull all the architecture together and adds a unique vibe rather than reflect what everyone else in blogland is doing. However, it's your house and I so love your sense of scale that whatever you decide I'm sure I'll love. In any case you seem to change things around alot, so maybe just live with it for a while. The rug looks beautiful.
P.S I was just thinking how lazy you are.;)

td said...

I agree with many others; I can't believe how great that Peacock mirror look in the alcove. I t really does pull all the architecture together and adds a unique vibe rather than reflect what everyone else in blogland is doing. However, it's your house and I so love your sense of scale that whatever you decide I'm sure I'll love. In any case you seem to change things around alot, so maybe just live with it for a while. The rug looks beautiful.
P.S I was just thinking how lazy you are.;)

Fran Keeling said...

It's way cool. Love the mirror. Dark "kick board" below would be elegant. I am loving seeing your project unfurl. Clever girl!

Fran Keeling said...

The painted stone is way cool. Love the mirror. A black 'kickboard' would be elegant beneath the fireplace. I am loving seeing this home unfurl. Clever girl!

Brynne Delerson said...

I think it looks great! I love the white stone against the dark walls, and the peacock mirror looks pretty fab too! It's great that you were able to pull something awesome out of your limitations!

ladygirl said...

Everything you do looks marvellous and this looks marvellouser (don't you love my new word) All of your other ideas for the fireplace sound absolutely perfect. Betty from Ontario,Canada.

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

I actually love that mirror there. The painted stone is such a difference. I think a larger mirror would make the whole spot look so top heavy. How would you balance that out at the bottom? As it is now, it looks perfectly balanced with the mirror a similar width to the fire box. Love seeing what you do!

Gina Julian said...

The peacock mirror looks absolutely awesome in that space. I say leave it! And yes, black paint would look amazing with the black granite. Love your photoshopping skills girl!

Gwen, The Makerista said...

I really love the way it's coming together! I can see where the carved wood mirror would be amazing statement, but it might make that space feel dark and heavy again too. I love the trim you mocked up on the hearth. And I'm a fan of the red rug with the walls!

ThePrimalSource said...

I like the white a lot. I'm not a big fan of painting over fireplaces white but this looks great! I LOVE the mirror! I think the panel at the bottom is definitely needed and I can't wait to see what you're going to do with the ceiling fan! You've been a great inspiration for me!

Joanna said...

Jenny, check out this photo

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/99079260525792528/

peacock mirror in a white arched fireplace!

Carol Christensen said...

To be honest, while that peacock mirror rocks, I think it is too busy with the stone. I think something bold but simpler in style (maybe a modern wood sunburst mirror?) would be a better fit with the stone. Love the renovation and wish I could channel your energy!

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