Project details - Painted Stone Effect Fireplace with Trompe L’oeil

Painted Stone Effect Fireplace with Trompe L’oeil – Oare Manor, Devon


This painted stone effect fireplace project was really quite unusual and involved another trip down to Devon and a stay at the beautiful ‘Oare Manor‘. The owners contacted me to see if I could come up with a solution to a problem they had with their library fireplace. They had got a new fire put into the surround and the fitters hadn’t installed it in the middle. It was about 2 inches to the left of where it should have been and looked very unbalanced. As you can imagine, to remove and reinstall the fire would cause problems as there would be a very visible gap down one side.

After having a think about the possibilities I suggested painting the dark slate to look like the original stone and then painting some trompe l’oeil detailing to extend the real carved stone onto the new faux stone. In essence I was creating the illusion of more carved detailing which, because I was painting it, I could subtly increase in width so that overall the fire looked central and everything balanced and natural. I also sealed and then painted over the water stains on the real stone so everything looked clean and fresh. It really was a great project to do and one that employed many a different paint effect technique. At the same time as this commission I also painted the fireplace in the master bedroom with a ‘shabby chic’ effect with gold detailing.

The owners were very happy with both projects and I look forward to my next trip down to Devon and more imaginative painty fun 🙂


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Lee is based in Harrogate and works throughout Yorkshire and the UK.