Airstone Fireplace Makeover

Woo hoo! Keith the Fireman’s fireplace is DONE! πŸ˜€

He finished it up on Saturday, so I scooted over there and snapped some pics of the final product to share with you. You can read about the mantel, hearth, bookcases and barnwood by clicking HERE, but today’s post is all about the Airstone faux stone on the front of the fireplace.

Airstone Fireplace Makeover 1 | Faux Stone | The Lettered Cottage

We found our Airstone at Lowe’s in Montgomery. They don’t carry it at the Prattville Lowes, so apparently it’s not available at every location. If you’re interested in picking some up- you may want to give your local Lowes a call first to see if they have it.

Airstone Faux Stone

At first, I thought it was going to feel like foam, but it really does feel just like stone. It’s even cool to the touch!

Kevin and I helped Keith get started by following Diane’s tutorial at In My Own Style. She used the Autumn Mountain-colored stones and it turned out so great!

Airstone Fireplace Makeover | In My Own Style

(You can find Diane’s tutorial here: Airstone Fireplace Makeover)

We used Spring Creek-colored stones at Keith’s house, and here’s a photo of the finished product:

Airstone Fireplace Makeover | Faux Stone | The Lettered Cottage

What a difference, huh?

We’re almost done with the whole makeover now, so here’s another look back at the room when we started…


…and the Photoshop drawing I put together as inspiration:


All that’s left to do is bring in some new (previously-loved) furniture and put the final finishing decorative touches on the room. After that, I’m looking forward to sharing photos of the room’s new look in one final room reveal post. Can’t wait to show you (and Keith!) what I’ve got up my sleeve! πŸ˜‰

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  1. says

    Y’all have added so much character to the fireplace! It looks like it will be there forever. Really well done!

  2. says

    It looks great!
    We just used AirStone over the weekend for our fireplace makeover too. I was really happy with the results, although it took a little longer than I was expecting. :) I LOVE the big chunky wood mantle you created.

  3. says

    The fireplace looks so much nicer! Also, you have some mad photoshop skills! I really need to learn!

  4. Rhonda says

    Wow, it turned out great! I will defiantly file that wonderful product away to be used at a future date. :) Thank you!

  5. Pam says

    Very impressive! It really does look very nice. Keith must have been pleased — I know that I would be.

  6. says

    You always do things top notch and this doesn’t disappoint! It looks fantastic in contrast with the huge warm wood chunks. And I can’t believe it isn’t “real” stone. My fireplace is getting the stinkeye right now!

    How much did that cost for that area? I would consider it if it’s super cheap since we’re about to sell.

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Caroline! I think it ended up being about $300 total for the stones, adhesive, and miter box & saw. Not too bad! :-)

  7. says

    That looks so great!

    I’m sharing this post with my mom who can’t figure out what to do with her fireplace surround.

  8. says

    Hi Layla –
    Thanks so much for the shout out and link to my AirStone post. XO Keith’s fireplace along with everything you have done to the room so far looks fabulous. You are soooooo talented and have great style. Love seeing the room unfold. Looking forward to what you have up your sleeve.

  9. says

    I just love the way it turned out. I can’t imagine how excited Keith must be. To me the thrilling part is what a great design tool “presto change-o” is for the client that has a hard time visualizing. They no longer have to! Great job.
    I have some homework to do!!!

  10. Karen says

    Oh my gosh!!! Layla, that is SOOO beautiful!! We are looking for a house in the city where most of the houses are 80-100 yrs old and most have fireplaces. From what I’ve seen, I will be lucky to find one that doesn’t need a makeover. This will definitely be the answer. Thanks so much for sharing this information. Keith is one lucky guy!

  11. says

    Do you know if this works outdoors?

    Also, I’m super stoked about the chapel market! I’m making a special trip to see my best friend to be there and we. are. stoked.

  12. Lisa says

    I love it…the look of stone and barn wood go so well together! Another great job, well done! I’m gonna try this one myself!!

  13. Jess says

    Looks stunning in the photos and i’m sure the impact of seeing it in person is even greater. All of the elements combined make the room look really cozy. One of my favorite makeovers for sure!

    Also, your new header reminds me a little of the Sound of Music (which I love!!). I like the update. :)

  14. says

    Love it, Layla! I’ve been so excited to see how it turns out – can’t wait for the final room reveal.

  15. Kristy says

    So fantastic! I have been pouring over all the posts but I can’t seem to find anything about how you made the big chunky mantel? Am I missing it somewhere? We have a big ol’ rock fireplace but there is no mantel…this would be perfect. Thanks!

  16. Kim says

    Inspirational, thank you. What did you use for the floor portion of the fireplace? Looks like it was tile previously. Now it’s a smooth grey. I’d like to do the same thing.

  17. Amanda says

    Beautiful transformation….I have a question. What product did you use on the hearth? We have the EXACT situation and want something with no grout lines to mess with. Any info would ne appreciated!

  18. Jerry says

    Hi Layla, I would like to duplicate the the blue wood behind the spiked mirror in the fireplace makeover. How was this done? What type of wood? Is it stained or is it a faux panel?