Okay so a while ago when I changed the ‘Ask Maria’ questions to ‘Send me your what’s bothering me’, questions, ya’ll pretty much stopped sending them, so obviously that wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever come up with.
So please keep sending them to me here. And by the way, when you do, remember to include an image (and clean up the room puleese), it has very little chance of being posted without an image, and if it’s a total disaster.
And make sure it’s a real dilemma and not just “What paint colour or backsplash should I install? If you just need paint colours or advice on which countertop goes with which backsplash, well that doesn’t really qualify as an ‘Ask Maria’ question. You can buy email consultations for paint colours, and questions like, countertops, what’s the right flooring? Or backsplash? Right here.
But thankfully, I did receive a good Ask Maria question from Julie and here it is:
Hi Maria! I just found you and have been reading as many of your articles as I can fit in each day! I also purchased and read your e-book about whites. What can I say. . . I’m hooked! Your work fascinates me. I just came across the “Ask Maria” section of your web page and have a question.
I am starting a remodel of my kitchen. I am a fan of the white look and am planning on white cabinets with a white quartz countertop. After reading your book, I can see that I have a problem that my kitchen will face my family room that has a large sandstone fireplace. It will be my only fixed thing in my house that I need to worry about, as I will be remodeling the rest of the room. Is it too “earthy” for me to use one of the off whites in your book? I have also thought about trying to paint the sandstone with a chalk paint to make it an off-white. Not sure if this is a good idea though.
Is this fireplace too earthy to be literally in the same room as a white (off-white or cream) kitchen?
Yes, it is.
The fireplace in your great room/adjoining family room should definitly relate to what’s happening in your kitchen if you want to avoid the look of yesterday and today.
All you have to do is image a white kitchen that looks similar to this one sitting opposite your current stone fireplace and you’ll run to paint it 🙂
Chalk painting your fireplace is a great idea! Although your sandstone fireplace can also get away with being painted with a solid paint like the first image in this post (above).
But before chalk paint came along, I would advise my clients NOT to paint stone fireplaces because then they would look like this:
While this fireplace looks 10 times better than it did before it was painted, to my eye, it looks too flat.
You can get away with a solid, painted look with brick fireplaces of course (below). Painted brick looks very much like white subway tile and brick doesn’t have the texture and the same uneven look that stone fireplaces do.
via Smitten Studio
Although Stephen Shubel would definitely disagree with me, he simply had this fireplace painted in this California cottage that he decorated.
Or did he whitewash it? Hmmm. . . it’s hard to say but it does look like the grout in between the stones have some definition which makes it look less like solid, painted stone, just like this whitewashed fireplace below:
Julie, here’s a fireplace in very much the same tones as yours and here’s the result after it was chalk painted and white washed:
I hope this post gives you the confidence to paint your fireplace! One last word of advice is to keep it your trim colour. I’m not a fan of grey painted fireplaces, they also feel flat to my eye.
Over to you, my lovelies, do you think a stone fireplace looks good painted a solid colour? Or should it have some dimension created by using chalk paint?
Have a great week everyone!
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