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Old 10-30-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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I have a painted fireplace (BOO) and today I saw a friend's fireplace was painted but didn't look like it. It basically had white paint but on top was some sort of sponge covering that seemed to be concrete. It actually looked like stone, and I'm trying to find a way to recreate that on my fireplace. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Without a picture of it not sure how anyone can suggest anything.
Google "Faux painting pictures"

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Sorry, I wasn't thinking. Here's a photo.
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Looks like stone to me. I can't imagine anyone painting stone, but, I'm sure it has been done. About all you can do is interrogate your friend to get some info. Maybe she at least knows the technique that was used and the colors so you can attempt to recreate the look. It may take some experimentation and lots of patience.
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She doesn't know because it was like that when they bought their house. Our best guess was white paint and cement with a sponge...
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Thats the faux'ed one, right?
I have done that- used a different technique though.
Basically you need to find the stone look you want and match ( no need for big quantities, qt or less) all the colors involved.
Base coat with the lightest color.

You could apply many ways, or combination of ways. sponge, old beat up brush that you use as a pounce brush, spray, -dream it up.

To make realistic I used a very thinned down wood stain to 'age' the whole thing.
grout can be different too

Here's one I did-started out gloss white!
I used an HVLP- cut out a brick sized hole in a peice of cardboard and hit spots all over with about 4 colors, washed the stain


Need to be artistic and think about what you want it to look like, and play with things to achieve the look.
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I don't have the patience for faux finishes but have seen some beautiful work. BrushJockey's fireplace looks really nice.

As he said, you need to have an idea ahead of time of what you are trying to achieve and it is a good idea to practice on scraps of something before going "live".

Just one other thing to mention. If yours is a wood burning fireplace, it will discolor from smoke and so forth. Be sure to write down what you do for the faux finish along with formulas for the glazes and so forth so you can recreate it all when it is time to touch up.
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]I don't have the patience for faux finishes but have seen some beautiful work. BrushJockey's fireplace looks really nice. [/COLOR]

As he said, you need to have an idea ahead of time of what you are trying to achieve and it is a good idea to practice on scraps of something before going "live".

Just one other thing to mention. If yours is a wood burning fireplace, it will discolor from smoke and so forth. Be sure to write down what you do for the faux finish along with formulas for the glazes and so forth so you can recreate it all when it is time to touch up.

I'm with you on both points

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