Can You Paint Marble Fireplace? Check This And Find Out!

Marble is a durable material that makes a house look more elegant. Whether you have marble on the kitchen countertop or floor, your property will look more attractive. What’s more, marble can dress up fireplaces and create a unique atmosphere in the living space.

A living room with a black marble fireplace and a beige armchair next to it

Unfortunately, marble gets damaged over time and becomes a bit yellow. Thus, what should you do? If we were talking about your kitchens, we could tell you to paint your laminate cupboard. Or, if you wanted to DIY upgrade your living room, we would share with you all the needed information on how to dye a sofa.  But, when it comes to marble fireplaces, what can you do? Can you paint it? Check this and find out!

What paint should I use for a marble fireplace?

Whether you want to paint a marble countertop, marble tiles, or marble fireside, you better use latex-based or chalk paint. Both types of paint should be applied after a 3 in 1 primer application. Primer will create an undercoat and prevent ash and dust from coming through from fire.  If you want a complete DIY fireplace makeover, you can paint the fire surrounds or add stickers looking like tiles.

Step-by-step guide: How to paint a marble fireplace

Thus, instead of spending a fortune to replace your damaged marble fireside, you can just paint it. It’s more affordable. Don’t you think? The only drawback is that you’ll lose the marble natural stone touch. But, you can have a look and colour you like better, and it might pair with the rest home decor.

A woman wearing a rubber glove wipes down the marble fireplace preparing it for painting

There are two paint types you can apply to paint it, gloss paint and chalk paint. Let’s see how to paint your fireplace using both ways:

Painting with high gloss

Like in all DIY projects, the key steps are preparing and cleaning the surface you want to paint. Start by cleaning the marble surface to get rid of any dust, dirt, grease and any other stain you might come across.  Mineral spirits and any other solvent-based cleaner can work miracles on marble. As you clean, check for cracks. If any, you can use an epoxy filler or caulking to refill them and create an even surface for painting.

Now it’s time to gather your tools and materials. You’re going to need:

  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Sander
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Painter’s tape
  • 3 in 1 primer for glossy surfaces (It contains a primer, sealer and an undercoat)
  • High-gloss paint
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Cloth

Set of tools for painting a marble fireplace

Once you’ve gathered all the needed materials, you can start painting. Follow the below steps:

  1. Sand the entire fireplace to remove the gloss of the surface. Sanding will make marble rougher, and paint will adhere better to it.
  2. Then, grab your vacuum cleaner to remove all dust from sanding and then, with a cloth, wipe the surface to eliminate any sand dust residues.
  3. Next, lay an old sheet or towel around to protect the marble fireplace surround from paint. Also, cover with painter’s tape the walls around the fireplace.
  4. Afterwards, paint your marble with the 3 in 1 primer.  Let the first coat dry and then add a second coat for better coverage.
  5. When the primer has dried, sand again with the sandpaper. Wipe again with a cloth.
  6. After cleaning the surface from residual sand dust, paint with a paint of your choice. Use a paint roller or a brush to apply the paint, ensuring that you apply a thin layer to avoid the brush strokes.
  7. Let the first paint layer dry and then sand.
  8. Keep painting until you achieve the desired result making sure you sand between coats.
  9. Once you have applied the last coat of paint, let it dry for at least 24 hours before lighting up your fireplace.

Important: Make sure you use heat resistant paint.

Painting with chalk paint

Another easy way to paint your marble mantel is by using chalk paint. It is an easy and inexpensive way to paint almost all surfaces. You can even paint furniture. As a plus, it doesn’t require much prep work. So, it is an alternative choice to renovate your living room fireplace.

A set of tools to chalk paint a marble fireplace

Here’s what you need:

  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Sander
  • A damp cloth
  • A microfibre cloth
  • Chalk paint
  • Paintbrush

Now follow the below simple steps to paint your fireplace with this type of paint successfully:

  1. If you have a glossy surface, sand it with sandpaper. Dust the fireplace afterwards and wipe it with a damp cloth. Let it dry for a while and wipe again using a dry microfibre cloth.
  2. Next, apply a thin coat of your preferred colour using a brush and let it dry for about 48 hours. Keep in mind that this type of paint takes longer to dry than all other types of paint.
  3. Once it has dried, check the surface. If you’re satisfied with the result, there’s no need to apply a second coat. If not, apply as many coats of paint as needed until you get the desired result.

How to paint a marble hearth

You may not want to change the colour of your fireplace. But you still feel that something needs to be changed. For a light fireplace makeover, check for the hearth. It might not have the same colour, or it might be damaged, ruining the overall look. So, if you want just to paint your marble hearth and complete the fireplace makeover, here’s what you have to do.

A modern fireplace in the light with black marble hearth

Needed supplies:

  • Multi-surface primer
  • Heat resistant paint
  • A paint roller and a tray
  • A small brush
  • A fine-grain sandpaper

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. The first step is to sand the surface and roughen the hearth using fine grain sandpaper.
  2. After sanding, clean the surface with a damp cloth and let it dry for a while.
  3. Then, apply a primer suitable for porous and glossy materials like marble. Next, use the brush to paint the hard-to-reach areas, and then, using the roller apply a thin coat to the rest of the hearth.
  4. Let the primer dry for a few hours.
  5. Once it has dried, you can paint the hearth with the heat resistant paint of your choice. Paint the edges with the brush and then continue painting the top of the hearth with the roller.
  6. Let the first coat dry for a few hours, and then apply a second one following the same process.

Extra tip: Depending on the paint you have applied, you may need to apply a topcoat over painted marble. Just be sure you use a flame retardant topcoat. For an extra addition, you can create grout, making it look like a stone fireplace. 

How to care for your marble fireplace

Like almost all items in the house, you need to care for your fireplace. You can safely clean it using a soft cloth. If you wish to polish it, you should only use marble polish. Avoid using acidic substances like baking soda, white vinegar, or limescale removers if you don’t want to damage it and create an etched surface. What’s more, be careful not to drop anything onto the surface and avoid placing items on the marble as they can create cracks.

A spacious living room with a marble fireplace, floor and an open plan kitchen

Having said all this, painting a marble fireplace will look like a walk in the park. You can use either heat resistant or chalk paint. Both ways can simply change and boost your living space. Choose the way that fits better your needs. We promise you that you’ll be surprised by the result!

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