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Painted faux-stone fireplace

Original stone fireplace before paint

Before: the original faux stone fireplace in all its goldy-orangey glory. What you can’t see to the left is my shiny black grand piano–not so good with rustic rocks.

A dry spell has come over my kitchen here lately. I’ve been painting my fireplace, among other things. The orangey gold color of those fake rocks is no longer the boss of my den. I wanted a neutral color that would look cleaner with my favorite black and white color scheme. Because of the mysterious shiny finish on the old fireplace, I primed it with a white latex from Sherwin-Williams. Then I applied Annie Sloan’s French Linen chalk paint to add texture and a little bit of color.

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