How to Stain a Stone Fireplace


Stone fireplaces add a touch of natural, rustic beauty to your home. Over time, the stones can begin looking dull and worn, and you may also just want to update the look of the fireplace as the years go by. To enhance the stones' natural color and brilliance, you can easily stain them yourself. Gather the materials needed, and then get to work prepping the area and completing the project.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic tarp
  • Painters tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Liquid stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Soft cloth
  • Paint pan
  • Lay down the plastic tarp to cover the flooring. This will prevent the grout and plaster dust from getting caught in the floor and the stain from splattering onto the floor. Use the painters tape to seal the edges of the tarp to the floor or walls.

  • Use the screwdriver to chip away at jagged and thick edges of grout or plaster that are sticking out in between the stones. You need a clean, even surface to work with in order for the stain to be applied evenly.

  • Pour the liquid stain into the paint pan and mix it with the paintbrush. Its components may have separated in the stain can over time.

  • Roll the paint roller in the stain, and then roll it over the textured part of the pan to remove excess stain.

  • Apply the stain across the top of the fireplace in a swift motion, and then do the same to the area underneath. Continue this process down the entire fireplace without rolling over the same spot twice. You need to see the finished first layer of stain before applying the second one if it needs it.

  • Allow 24 hours to dry completely.

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