So when we were talking about moving in, my husband made me list what I absolutely NEEDED to have done in order to live there. I said hard wood floors installed…he didn’t think it was funny 😉
One of my main *wishes* was to paint. We were lucky to have been able to fix up the place before we moved, so I wanted the majority of the interior painted while it was empty. Our old living room had an awesome navy wall that I loved, but I didn’t want to stick with the same exact colors so I searched for a dark teal.
Here was my Pinterest inspiration…
Grey, Dark Teal and Pops of Chartreuse ❤
One problem to my vision…
This fireplace was really pissing me off. Frst of all, the stone is awesome, but the yellow and orange tones were throwing me for a loop. I talked about completely redoing the fireplace with my father in law and husband, but it just wasn’t an option at this point. I didn’t want to paint it because that always looks weird to me. I stumbled across a technique called whitewashing that tickled my fancy. You take white paint, water it down and it tones down the color. This is used a lot with brick walls and fireplaces, but I could not find a stone tutorial for the life of me! So…I decided to go for it anyways.
BEST DECISION EVER!
I had already stained the mantle, which was not the best timing. I definitely would have waiting until after the mess of whitewashing to do so, but whatever.
Look how much better it is! This was the half way point. You can see the stark contrast now, but I think the stone keeps it’s natural integrity. It’s definitely not screaming PISS YELLOW at me any more!
Here was the fireplace after I finished. For those wondering, I picked a flat interior off white color, it was Behr. I threw it in a bucket, dumped water into it (think 1 part paint, 3 parts water), no I did not measure, that’s not my style. I used a rough bristle exterior brush and tested one stone. I played with the water amount until I liked the tone I was getting. The water will drip and you will worry if you’re doing it right, but after a few minutes of freaking out it will work.
Let’s just take a break and look at that table. SICK. This is what moving looks like people. This is real like I’m showing you! Haha!
Without further ado…FINAL REVEAL
I could not be happier with the results. Honestly, I was planning on tearing up that black slate at the bottom, but the whitewashing makes it not so offensive to my eye any more.
Yay for step 1!
This same stone work is on our exterior. I’ve already began playing around with the idea of using the technique out there, but haven’t committed. Only time will tell!
– xoxo, Jess