Decorating & Furniture/Paint for fireplace


I have a slate fireplace which is currently painted black.  It's in a narrow room and, although it looks great, it makes the room look even narrower, and I'd like to paint it a lighter colour, probably stone colour, so that it appears to recede a little.  Can you advise me on what kind of paint I should use?

Hi Liz, Clean the slate throughly first with TSp and then let it dry. Then use a primer/sealer on the slate so the paint will adhere to it.  Look for something like Zinseer's 1-2-3 or even a product like Kilz or Binz.  Ask at your local paint store what type they suggest.

Once you have sealed it, then you can use a latex or oil-based paint to get the lighter color you need.  You could even create a faux finish if you like to create a marble or stone look to it.  There are many sites on the Internet that can guide you through the process.  Happy Decorating, JoAnne Lenart-Weary  

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JoAnne Lenart-Weary


I can answer anything that is decorating related. Wall and window treatments, color, furniture, placement, where to begin with a decorating plan, etc.


Almost 30 years as an interior decorator and 4 years of teaching professional workshops to other interior decorators/designers and interior redesigners. Board member for IRIS www.weredesign, founder of ODDAA (One Day Decorating Alumni Association) Weekly guest for ABC affiliate in Erie, Pa. Have also been on HGTV


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