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 It was original to the home and nicely constructed but it felt so outdated.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My outdated stone fireplace was transformed and was now fresh and modern!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.