Updating a stone fireplace
I personally created a ratio of about 1:1 Too much water with create drips and lighter color.Too much paint will not look translucent on the stone, but rather "painted on" and coated over the top of the surface.
;-) You want to make sure it is angle and medium to stiff bristles.Stone is difficult to clean- you could also use a wire brush, but I just took my time with a rag (several rags, actually) and a TSP formula.When you’re sure it’s nice and clean (so paint can stick to it), you can get to painting.;-)The fireplace has a funky hearth that is raised and sticks out that we still have yet to deal with.This 18 inches or so will make a huge impact in our ability to place furniture in a more user friendly way in the long narrow space.When it’s sanded to your preference, time to protect it.I’ve used the Varathane crystal clear water based poly before (I love the satin finish) and am happy with how it brings out the natural colour in the wood without yellowing.If you're concerned about the paint not adhering, add a little more paint and Don't be afraid to really push your brush into the stone and brush with X-like motions to evenly cover the surface.Working in a small section either one stone at a time like I did with our stone, or if you have brick working with a small area (for example 2 feet by 2 feet) is about right to brush on the mixture. ******An alternative is to simply use your staining pad to apply the whitewash mixture if your stone is not too rough.For the grout, I would angle my brush down to get the top of the bottom stone and then go back over angling it up to get the bottom of the top stone.You need to move around a lot because the stone tricks you! then you move and you see all the spots you’ve missed. Especially if you need to take breaks to nurse a baby. This coat goes quite a bit quicker since you don’t need to be quite so picky with all the little nooks and crannies as they should already be white.