Faux painted fireplace looks great with a circular white-washed mirror.

My iconic flagstone fireplace (circa 1955) had bugged me for 25 years.  It was original to the home and nicely constructed but it felt so outdated.  The strong pinks and oranges overwhelmed everything I tried to put in the living room.

Newly installed travertine stone floors and a change in the wall color only made it worse!

At the point where my sister threatened to murder me if I complained about that fireplace one more time, I decided I needed to do something serious and get the monstrosity fixed! Demolition was not an option, it would be too messy.  What to do?

What I love is the modern concrete fireplaces!   So the first idea was to plaster over the stone and then I thought I might paint it. But there was a distinct possibility that it could turn out uglier than it already was.

Finally I found a company that sold stain products for bricks, concrete and stone which were supposed to change the color without looking like paint.  Could I handle a DIY project?  It only took a few seconds to realize I might create a really ugly disaster and never again be able to open my front door without cringing.  I needed to find a pro.

The answer came when I stumbled upon a web site offering faux painting.  The painter e-mailed pictures of her work and offered to come out the following week and fix my blighted fireplace.

She arrived with a smile and huge bins full of different colors and stains.  With the furniture pushed back, she proceeded to lay tarps and tape off the walls and ceilings.  About 4 hours later she was finished and I was pleased with the results!

My outdated stone fireplace was transformed and was now fresh and modern!  Funny thing, the fireplace that had driven me nuts for 25 years turned out to be the easiest of all my many renovations.

The beautiful stone is now the focal point of my room.  No more complaining for me….. not until I move on to my next big idea!  I hear my sister screaming right now.

12 Responses to Flagstone Fireplace 1950s

  1. Eileen says:

    What a great transformation! And isn’t it funny how you can convince yourself that something is going to be costly or difficult to change and it ends up being such a simple project.

  2. Shawna Wilde says:

    Thanks Eileen. All those years of worry and it was so easy! (Someone with experience or talent could do it themselves.)

  3. Aubrie says:

    Love the makeover! It turned out great. Your article was fun too.

  4. Shawna Wilde says:

    Thank you Aubrie. I can’t wait to start my next project.

  5. Brian says:

    That looks absolutely stunning! Is there anyway you can tell me the product she used to do this so I can do this to my flagstone fireplace?


    • Denise says:

      Hi Brian! Thanks for the comments. I’ll get in touch with Shawna for product specifics. Check back in a few days.

  6. Brian says:


    Perfect! Email me if you can as well when you get it for some reason I am not being notified on the comments. Thanks


  7. Julia says:

    I have an entire wall of flagstone with a fireplace in the center and I’m sick of it. I would like to paint it but wasn’t sure about what color to use. Yours is exactly what I had in mind! Please tell me what you used.

    • Hi Julia! It was done by a local company in Salt Lake City. I will ask our sister if she knows which product they used and try and get their contact number for you. Perhaps they would share their secrets! I see your email address, so I will send any info your way. Thanks!

  8. Amy says:

    I live in Salt Lake City and have a similar fireplace, what company did this for you?

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