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Fireplace makeovers can be costly and timely. Two things that I really don’t have wiggle room for right now. But what I do have time for, is a fireplace update that takes 10 minutes and costs no more than $15. I’m talking about painting over the brass on an outdated fireplace. Our current fireplace had a brass strip along the top and bottom of the glass doors. It truly wasn’t that much, but it certainly stood out against all of the black.
With a quick trip to Home Depot and a little bit of my time, I no longer have brass visible on the fireplace doors and it’s created an updated look. Well, as updated as it can be with the black tile still remaining. But you know what I mean! If you’re wanting to update your brass fireplace, then this quick and easy tutorial is exactly what you need. The paint used in this project is meant to withstand heat up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. So no worries about what will happen to the paint when your fireplace is in use.
Step 1: Clean the surface area you’ll be painting to remove any dust, dirt, or anything else that would prevent the paint from successfully sticking. You may also have to sand your brass with 150 grit sandpaper if it’s glossy.
Step 2: Apply the painter’s tape where needed to avoid getting the paint on any surface area that isn’t brass.
Step 3: Stir the paint and then stir some more. Especially at the bottom of the can. Shaking doesn’t mix the paint!
Step 4: Apply the paint in light, even strokes using the paintbrush or a foam roller if it’s a large area. Allow for at least 1 hour of dry time before adding the second coat.
Step 5: As soon as you’ve applied your final coat of paint, remove the painter’s tape to avoid removing any of the paint that you painted on the brass.
Updating a brass fireplace has never been easier and so budget friendly. Make it even more cost effective by splitting the paint cost with a friend or two also looking to update their fireplace. Here’s a look at our after:
And if you have a large area of brass to paint, it might be best for your to remove the doors and use the Rust-Oleum High Heat spray paint. Here’s the fireplace in our first home where I spray painted the doors. This method only required one coat of spray paint but I spent a lot of time removing and attaching the doors.
Will you be giving your brass fireplace an update? Depending on how many coats you have to apply, it could be a 10 minute project or an hour project. It’s a win-win either way. Please make sure to tag me in your social shares if you decide to give this a try!
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