Today’s project involves my first ever fireplace makeover. Here is the before – in one of our rental properties we’ve been fixing up over the past few weeks.
It’s a traditional brick fireplace with a gold brass insert for the gas logs. Here is a close up to give you a good idea of where we started.
Disclosure: I shot all of these photos with my iPhone since I never took my real estate camera out to the house, so not the best quality. Also, this project was on a TIGHT deadline during the last week and that’s when most of my work on the fireplace took place.
First, we painted the brick white. It turned out beautifully nice!
Honestly, I had no clue what to do with this brass thing. Demolish? Paint? Leave??
I texted a friend that is as brave as me in taking a risk on home projects and asked her opinion. Luckily, she had already painted one just like this several years ago and told me 100% to go with a flat black!
Upon recommendation from my painter guy, he said I probably needed to use a high heat type spray paint. AND he told me to sand. Ugh. I don’t like sanding.
I bought the paint.
And I actually did do some light sanding.
Then, we had a problem – Brian couldn’t really get the insert out easily and I was NOT about to try that messy spray paint inside the house. Nope. Not gonna happen.
I went to Lowe’s and found some paint that looked like it would work for my project.
I bought a Rust-oleum metal primer and a flat black high performance protective enamel that I could paint on with my trusty paintbrush.
These are professional and high performance, so it sounded great to me, hahah!
After sanding and marking off with my painter’s tape, I applied the primer.
It covered nicely and I actually decided to go back with another thin layer of primer.
After letting it dry for a few hours, I applied my first coat of the flat black.
I let that sit overnight and came back the next day to apply my second coat. It was going great until I got to those grill parts. I couldn’t get my paint brush to cover completely and could still see parts of the white primer coming through when you look at it from different angles.
I remembered that high heat spray paint and decided to try it out in very short burst so I wouldn’t make a disastrous mess.
It worked perfectly, but goodness that stuff STINKS!
Here it is with all of the final coats and still a bit wet and sticky.
I left the tape on overnight and came back the next day to see how my completed project would turn out. I was a bit nervous, y’all.
Ahhhh, it is beautiful!!
After taking the tape down, I noticed those two gold slats on the inside and there is really no possible way to get back there without taking the entire thing apart. But, ya know what – it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, right?
Now is when I wish I could show you a big open shot with the fireplace and the completed room. That isn’t happening. Here is reality.
We worked until LATE in the night the day before the tenants moved into this home. Yep. The old stove is sitting in the dining area and the room is dark because it’s almost 11pm. Nice.
Just imagine you’re seeing a pretty room with a lot of daylight, ha!
Now I’ll just have to wait for the tenants to actually use the fireplace and see if the paint melts right off that brass finish. Don’t you laugh.
Have a traditional fireplace that you want to update?
- Painting the brick white is a safe, neutral look that will be classic for a long time. It also brightens a room instantly.
- If you have a brass insert, find a high temp spray or the professional protective enamel. It’s best to cover first with a primer and do a light sanding, per the paint expert man.
- Use tape and be patient in between coats.
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