How to Update a Stone Fireplace

Update your stone fireplace with a simple stain.
Update your stone fireplace with a simple stain. (Image: Michael Turek/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A stone fireplace gives your home an inherently rustic quality and brings a strong sense of the outdoors into your living area. However, if you've had the exact same fireplace for years and the rest of your decor scheme has adapted to the changing times, it might be time to modernize it. Fortunately, you can update your fireplace easily without incurring high renovation costs. One simple way to update your fireplace is to change the color and appearance of the stones.

Things You'll Need

  • Small pan
  • 1 oz soap
  • 1 oz salt
  • Spoon
  • Water
  • Scrub brush
  • Painter's tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Soft cloth
  • Stone stain
  • 3-inch nylon brush
  • Stone sealer

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Combine 1 oz detergent and 1 oz salt in a small pan, and mix them together with your spoon.

Add just enough water to the mixture that you create a thick paste; apply the paste to your stone fireplace with your scrub brush to remove any accumulated stains from soot and grime.

Rinse the stones well with clean water and allow them to fully dry for 24 hours.

Tape off any areas of your fireplace and surrounding your fireplace that you don't want the stain to come in contact with, and lay a drop cloth on the floor in front of the fireplace.

Open all of the room's windows and put on a pair of latex gloves.

Dip a clean cloth into the stain and apply it to a stone at the bottom of your fireplace. Cover this stone with the stain very well and then wipe off the excess immediately with a clean, soft cloth. Continue in this manner until you cover the entire fireplace. You can add subsequent coats for a darker effect. Allow each coat a full 24 hours to dry.

Dip your 3-inch nylon brush into stone sealer, such as polyurethane, and use it to apply a thin coat to all of the stones. This seals in the stain and prevents soot marks from becoming permanent when the fireplace is in use.


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