Before & After: ’70s Fireplace Gets a Facelift

published Aug 25, 2015
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(Image credit: Rachel)

Rachel’s home hadn’t been updated since it was built in 1975, and it was evident in the dark fieldstone fireplace. Not having the funds for a full renovation, she got creative with paint—and boy, does it look great.

(Image credit: Rachel)

From Rachel:

My husband and I recently moved into our first house as homeowners. We love the neighborhood and the 1975 house, but it clearly hadn’t been touched since then. Not having a lot of extra funds at this time to do a full reno, we decided to do a facelift, and I love the results.

We painted the 1970’s field stone fireplace. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and watered it down quite a bit which allows the texture and various colors to still come through. It looks very natural and when guests come to visit, they’re shocked when I tell them its been painted.

We painted the wood paneling, ceiling, and walls. We tore down the half wall near the entrance and changed out the ceiling fans. And of course, outfitted with more appropriate sized, mid century furniture. Overall, the project easily came in under $300 (paint, paint supplies, light fixtures) and has made such a difference in the feel of the house.

Thank you Rachel!