Can You Paint a Stone Fireplace?

If you’re considering painting your stone fireplace, you may be wondering if it’s possible to achieve a good result. The short answer is yes! With a little bit of prep work and the right paint, you can give your fireplace a whole new look. Read on for more tips and advice.

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To paint a stone fireplace, you will need the following materials: a wire brush, a vacuum, a drop cloth, TSP, a primer, a paintbrush, and paint.

Stone fireplace

In order to paint a stone fireplace, you will need the following materials:
-Drop cloths


Good quality paint will adhere to most surfaces, provided they are clean and dry. If you’re painting a previously painted surface, it’s important to check for peeling paint and sand down any rough patches before beginning. For best results, use a primer designed for the surface you’re painting—stone fireplace surrounds often require a different type of primer than wood or walls. Once you’ve chosen the right paint and primer, follow these steps:
-Clean the surface with a gentle cleanser and allow it to dry completely.
-If necessary, apply a primer designed for the type of surface you’re painting.
-Paint the surface with a brush or roller, using light even strokes.
-Allow the paint to dry completely before applying a second coat, if necessary.


Paintbrush – You will need a paintbrush to apply the paint to your stone fireplace. Look for a brush with natural bristles that are stiff enough to withstand the rougher texture of stone.

Paint roller – A paint roller can also be used to apply paint to your stone fireplace. Rollers with thick, short nap are ideal for this project.


Whether your stone fireplace is new or old, the first step is always the same: prep work. Thoroughly cleaning the stone and ensuring that it’s free of any dirt or debris is key to making sure your paint job turns out flawlessly. Here’s a step-by-step guide to prepping your stone fireplace for painting.

Clean the stone fireplace

To clean your stone fireplace, you will need:
-A wire brush
-Mild dish soap
-A sponge

First, use the wire brush to remove any soot or debris from the surface of the stone. Next, mix together a small amount of mild dish soap with water, and use the sponge to scrub the entire fireplace. Rinse the soap off with clean water, and dry the fireplace with a soft cloth.

Remove any soot or debris

If your fireplace is in disuse, there may be soot and other debris on the surface of the stone. This will need to be removed before painting. Use a soft brush and vacuum to remove any soot from the surface. If there is any other debris stuck to the stone, you may need to use a putty knife or other tool to scrape it away. Be careful not to damage the surface of the stone as you work.

Prime the stone fireplace

The first step is to clean the stone fireplace with a wire brush. Be sure to vacuum up any dust after brushing. Once the fireplace is clean, use a short-naired paintbrush to apply a masonry primer designed for stone. Choose a primer that is tinted toward the color you want your finished project to be; this will help you achieve better coverage with fewer coats of paint.


Can you paint a stone fireplace? I get this question a lot. People want to know if they can just go ahead and paint their old, ugly, dark stone fireplace white (or whatever color they want). The answer is maybe.

Apply the paint to the stone fireplace

Start by painting the mortar joints first using a small paintbrush. Then, working in small sections, brush on the stone paint from the bottom up. If you have any bare spots, simply apply another coat of paint. Let the paint dry for at least four hours before using the fireplace.

Use a paintbrush to evenly distribute the paint

A little paint can go a long way in giving a fresh look to an old stone fireplace. But before you start, it’s important to know which type of paint to use.

You’ll want to use a brush to evenly distribute the paint on the stone. Start with a small amount of paint and add more as needed. You don’t want to overload the brush and cause drips. Apply the paint in even strokes and pay attention to any nooks and crannies that might need a bit more work.

Let the first coat of paint dry completely before adding a second coat. Once you’re done, step back and admire your handiwork!


You can paint a stone fireplace with a stone-specific paint, such as a masonry paint or a limestone paint. You can also use a latex paint if you want, but make sure to prime the fireplace first. You should also use a high-quality brush and roller to avoid leaving any brush strokes.

Allow the paint to dry

After you have completed your stone fireplace painting project, it is important to allow the paint to dry completely before using the fireplace. Depending on the type of paint you used, this could take anywhere from 24 hours to a few days. Once the paint is dry, you can use your fireplace as normal.

Enjoy your newly painted stone fireplace!

Now that you know how to paint a stone fireplace, enjoy your newly painted masterpiece! Whether you went with a solid color or a more decorative finish, your fireplace will be the focal point of your room. Be sure to enjoy it for years to come!