Let’s talk fireplaces! More specifically, white fireplaces!
I’d planned to bring you my first 2018 tablescape today, but I am having some trouble with the photos. The pics are from my iPhone as I couldn’t find a memory card – and now the pics are in the new HEIC format and not jpeg so I can’t edit them. I’ll get them converted eventually but in the meantime, thought we could talk about a major makeover I’m contemplating.
So many of us have the same fireplace in the 70s/80s era homes. Whether they stack to the ceiling like mine or are just the bottom, it’s usually a brown/orange tone with very large stones. When we bought the house, I tried to match the paint to the stone. I hated the paint color, and two short (long) years later, I convinced my husband to repaint. I thought matching the paint to the stone would help make the fireplace look less dated. Nope.
The fireplace does look a lot lighter in photos than it does in person. In reality, it’s pretty dark, with lots of orange. It’s not in our budget to rip out the stone and replace it, so I started looking around at other options.
Initially, I thought a surround might work, but because there are sliding doors on either side, it’s not really an option. Then I started to think, if money wasn’t an object, what would I do?
The answer? White stacked stone. What really prompted me to start giving this real thought is the photo below. I am a fan of contrast and I love how the black pops against the white. This was a sponsored post on Instagram from Rejuvination. (side note: If you pin any of the below, please go to the original blog post to pin!)
I also love this fireplace from Melissa Michaels at The Inspired Room.
And this brick makeover from Little Vintage Nest is a beautiful transformation.
Knowing that my dream is white stacked stone, I started searching to see what I could find with fireplaces that looked more like mine. I found quite a few folks who gave their stone a gray or whitewash. I gave that a shot on a few hidden stones, but I wasn’t sold. After looking some more, I really gravitated to the all-white fireplaces.
Kristen and Arie & Co really sold me on the idea. Her fireplace doesn’t go all the way up to the ceiling like mine, but the stones are very similar colors.
This one from Most Lovely Things is probably most similar to mine. As of now, I’m planning to keep my mantle wood – I am a sucker for wood and white.
While I’m nervous about actually following through, these images give me confidence that it’s the right way to go for my style and our house. Follow me on Pinterest to see even more white fireplace inspiration! And stay tuned for a makeover …
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