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My New Faux Paint Fireplace - More Building Saga Completed

One more part of my miserable building saga has been completed!

Remember the mess with the Fireplace?  How gross and dingy it was?  Well, they came out in October and replaced the entire Fireplace... however, they did a very poor job. 

They spread the mortar all over it so the entire thing then appeared with an orange smear coating.  "Oh don't worry. When it dries out, in the next 4-6 weeks, it'll all be the same color."

Oh really??  I think not.  After two months of letting it "dry", the fireplace still looked bad.  Instead of having them tear it out and put in a new one again, we (I) opted for a faux paint.  I think it completely changes the look of the room, and I love it!

caststone fireplace

caststone fireplace faux painting

What do you think?  My husband absolutely hates it, but I think it'll grow on him.

If you're looking to spruce up your living room, this is a very inexpensive way to change the look to a higher end look.  This is also a good idea when putting your house on the market to sell. Your house won't look like the other 20 houses the buyers are looking at.

**Are You Packed Yet?** 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsDonna Harris • January 14 2010 10:11AM


Donna, it looks a lot better. I don't understand why the hubby doesn't like it.

                                                              ~ Life is Good ~

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) about 10 years ago

Husbands don't understand high style :)....I like it a lot!

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 10 years ago

I love it! Did you do this? I need mine done too. It's been white this 5 years.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago

Roy, He likes "white".  I bought new bath rugs yesterday to replace the white ones, and he just stared at them.  What he doesn't know, is when he's out of town in April, I'm painting the bathroom the same color as the new rugs!!  Surprise!!!  LOL

Karen, I know, right?!

Loreena, Thanks!  No, the fireplace company who screwed up the install hired out the painter.  It takes about 3-4 hours to do and costs around $400-500.  Watching this guy do it, I could have done it myself, but free is free... If you do it yourself, it look VERY little paint, as you're mostly spreading it on very thin with a sponge, so less than $20.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

I can't imagine why he hates it - I think it's gorgeous!!!


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 10 years ago

Donna -  I agree with your looks like my fireplace at my house which was done to the style in the early '90s.  I think it's a little dated looking myself....but its what you think that matters.

Posted by Paul C. Wilkinson, GRI, REALTOR -Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula - (951) (CENTURY 21 Preferred) about 10 years ago

Donna...I like the faux painting on the fireplace.  Definitely looks a lot better. Hopefully it will grow on your hubby.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 10 years ago

Debi, He's a man.

Rick, Thanks!

Paul W, You're kidding right?  The style, in my area, in the 90's was either brick that matched the exterior brick or 8" tile surround.  Cast stone wasn't popular until after 2000 and faux painting it became popular a couple of years ago.  Definitely not "dated" in my area.

Rebecca, Thanks, and I hope so!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

I think it looks great, Donna! It looks very classic.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) about 10 years ago


I like the finish on the fireplace.

PS there are million homes in Florida with the same type of finish.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 10 years ago

That color almost makes that look like marble from afar. I love the look of faux paint! Textured paints are nice as well.

Posted by Taylor Shults Philley, Broker, Realtor , GRI (Austin Realty Firm) about 10 years ago

Donna, I love it. Your husband will come around.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 10 years ago

Donna - I love it!

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna, Just Beautiful. You knew the right thing to do, did it and now  a wonderful personalized fireplace and mantle. 1st class and so well done.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 10 years ago

Donna, I think it looks a lot better!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) about 10 years ago

Donna, I'm with you; I like it.

Posted by Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hey, Donna. I love how it looks. Like you stated, your husband will grow to love it. Great job, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Holly, Thanks!

Lou, Maybe Florida started the trend way back when.

Taylor, Yep, it does!

Missy, I hope so!

Michelle, Thanks!

William, Thanks!  Now, if only he would listen to me for everything around the house!

Cannon, Thanks!

Marlene, Thank you!

Jim, Thanks, and I hope so!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

Donna I like the before, Ceil just looked and she likes the after. Just two more opinions. Glad you finally got what you liked and that is what is important. (C&C)

Posted by Carl Winters about 10 years ago

Hi Donna... I can't believe how many issues you have had with this house!  Just goes to show, if it happened to you, it can happen to anyone!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago


I like it but for a while faux painting on walls was popular.

Hope this one lasts but no big loss if it doesn't.

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) about 10 years ago