Learn how to German Schmear your fireplace with this easy-to-follow how-to video by Shanty2Chic. This can be done on any brick or stone in your home!
I have been staring at my stone fireplace for two years now envisioning how I could give it a more modern look. I love natural stone but it is very rustic and it really limits me on what I can do in my living room. After I saw Whitney German Schmear her stone fireplace, I had to do it too! For only $65 I was able to give my Rustic Stone Fireplace a completely new and modern look! We thought it would be a great idea to share a how-to video when we tackled my fireplace so come check out our new How to German Schmear a Fireplace video! Just click the play button in the box below!
How easy, fun and inexpensive was that? And it really gave my entire living room a new, updated look! My daughter is still commenting on how bright our house feels now 🙂
You don’t need a huge laundry list of supplies. This is all you need!
How to German Schmear a Fireplace
Step 1 – Builder’s Paper
Before we started, we rolled builder’s paper out to cover the floor surrounding the fireplace. Make sure to more of the floor than you think because you can fling mortar as you paint.
Step 2 – Tape Off
After rolling out the Builder’s Paper, tape it to the floor with painters tape. Tape off around the perimeter of the fireplace as well.
You will also need to tape off up the wall.
Mixing the Mortar
Step 1: Scoop the Mortar into the 2-Gallon Bucket
Scoop the mortar into the 2-gallon bucket then add water. We did about a 50/50 ratio for my fireplace. You can add more mortar or more water to get the consistency that you prefer.
Step 2 – Mix the Mortar
With the mixing attachment on a drill, mix the mortar and water together. We went with a toothpaste consistency for my fireplace. Start mixing on low to avoid making a mess.
How to German Schmear
Step 1 – Paint on the Mortar
Using a paint brush, dip the brush into the bucket of mortar and paint it on the stone. We decided not to fill the stones in completely and let some of the natural stone color peek through.
Step 2 – Wipe the Mortar with a Sponge
Before the mortar sets, dip a sponge into a clean bucket of water and wipe down the mortar if you think it is too thick in spots. This will also give the stone a more whitewashed look. I didn’t do this to my stones very much but if you want to reveal more of the stone, do this every 20 minutes or so as you are painting.
That was IT! How easy was that? I love how my new German Schmear Fireplace looks in my living room. It adds so much light to the room and makes it feel more open and modern!
Here’s the before!
I also love how the natural wood tones stand out on the white!
At $65 in materials and about 2 hours worth of work, that’s a lot of bang for your buck! Do you have a spot in your home you are dying to try this out on? Let us know in the comments!
Before I let you go, I have to share where I got these cute pillow covers! Not all of my old pillows were inserts with covers. The pillows that were whole pillows, I just put inside these covers! So much more affordable and a great way to reuse a dingy decorative pillow!
Pillows Linked Left to Right
You can get info on all of the other items in my living room below! Thanks so much for stopping by!