If you missed the full tutorial on the painted granite fireplace surround, you can find it HERE. I almost didn’t take pictures along the way, because I wasn’t sure if it was going to work! I’m so glad I took the time to document it, though, because it turned out great.
Here is how the fireplace surround looked before…
…and here is how it looks now! I’m sure you noticed that we also put in hardwood floors and we’re in the middle of building a faux coffered ceiling.
I am absolutely over the moon with how it turned out! It was a relatively quick and easy process and I was able to complete the project entirely with products I already had on hand for other projects, so it was free to me. If you had to purchase the materials, it would cost around $120 with lots of leftover paint and primer for other projects. That’s a heck of a lot cheaper than having it ripped out and redone, especially with a large granite slab as the hearth.
What I like best about this treatment is that the finished result has variation and dimension, so even if it’s not a dead-wringer for slate, it has a natural look to it. It doesn’t look like a painted granite fireplace surround. Using the texture paint really helped, but also using milk paint, which has a matte, breathable finish completed that look. The end result is soft and natural. Milk Paint even has limestone in it, which glitters ever so slightly when the sun hits it.
When viewed up close, I think most people would feel it and wonder what kind of tile it is, but wouldn’t guess that I simply painted granite!
I’m all for DIY (do it yourself) projects, but I don’t want it to look like, “Wow, you must watch a lot of YouTube tutorials and then test things out on your house…” The best DIY projects don’t look like DIY projects.
While the granite was a beautiful finish, it wasn’t my taste. The color and shine always bothered me and seemed more and more out of place the more I customized the room. This treatment makes it “me” and it works much better with the paint colors and furnishings.
I’ve tried many projects over the years that didn’t turn out the way I envisioned them, but this one exceeded all expectations and hopes. We completed a lot of projects over the past few weeks while my parents were visiting and this is perhaps my favorite. It was also one of the easiest ones, but it makes a huge impact.
We need to finish building, installing, and trimming out the beams and then we can put the rug down and get this room finished!
As a reminder, this is how things looked when we first moved in just over three years ago…
Have I mentioned how much I love paint lately…?