Help Sprucing up fireplace
Lauren L
April 24, 2013
I just bought my first home earlier this month! We have painted in the living room (Benjamin Moore Weimaraner) which I love. The fireplace is a bit of a challenge though, because it has a busy stone pattern, and the previous owners painted the wood mantel the same color as the stone (and also the walls previously). Also, the mantel currently has cut off corners, giving it a half hexagon sort of shape.

What can I do to make this better? I was thinking maybe:

1. Paint the mantel white to match the trim
2. Sand and stain it
3. Gel Stain over the existing paint

I also thought about adding corbels or building it out with trim pieces, etc.

Thanks in advance! (Also does anyone recommend a natural stone cleaner? It needs a good scrubbing as well).
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I would look to the casegood pieces you are bringing into the room. If you have stained furniture, then I would stain the mantel. If you have white painted pieces, then I would paint it white. Alternatively, if you have black painted furniture, I'd paint it black.

And I don't think the stone pattern is too busy. Once you get furniture into the room, I think you are going to learn to love it!

Congrats on your new home! You are going to love having a fireplace -- I wouldn't buy a house without one after having had one for the past 20 years.
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Kevin Patrick O'Brien Architect, Inc.
Lauren, judging from your opening statement it seems you are bothered by the "busy" pattern of the stone. If that's your primary concern, I would focus on "calming" it down. There are grout stains that can match the color of the stone so you can tint it so the pattern is less "busy" to the eye. If you dont like the stone or its color and are looking for a more drastic approach, you can plaster over the stone to give it an "old world" look. ( Picture an old "white washed" stone cottage in Ireland)!
Whichever way you decide to go I think keeping the mantel "as-is" draws less attention to the fireplace.
    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 7:33AM
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Lauren L
Thanks Brenda! We have a light "Parmesan" colored sofa, but then all of the wood tones are a black brown. That could be interesting to have a darker mantel.

Kevin - I may have mis-worded a little bit. While yes the stone is busy, I do like it, I just don't feel like it is easy to figure out what can go with it. Thank you for the suggestions though.
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Studio 810 Design/Build
Fundamentals first, the Mantle is to small needs more mass. Without knowing the style of trim and your goals I cant be more specific but a wider heavier mantle would help a lot. If you had the budget, legs and a surround would transform this into a focal point that would make the room.
    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 8:07AM
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