A couple weeks ago a reader asked me if I had ever considered painting the brass hardware on our fireplace. We had completely redone the fireplace surround last year with new tile and Matt even built a gorgeous mantel to go with it. It went from an eyesore to a main focus of the room. The only thing we didn’t do was actually paint the fireplace. Actually, I had planned to do so but you know, life. So when my sweet reader asked me this question, it reminded me that yes, I did want to do that! So, not even a handful of days later I picked up some high heat fireplace paint to update my fireplace hardware.
Updated Fireplace with Fireplace Paint
I’m a firm believer that most everything can be updated with paint. I’ve seen it transform so many things and that’s what really happened it. With the spritz of spray paint, my fireplace all the way leveled up and I’m so happy with it. I went to Home Depot and found paint that is specifically made for fireplaces or grills. It’s a high heat spray paint that you can use for this type of project.
The first thing I did was tape off all the areas that we didn’t want paint. Since I used a spray paint, I made sure to cover all the tile work to avoid getting any overspray on that pretty hex tile. Millie and I used some scrap paper to cover the fireplace surround. The first thing we had to do to update the fireplace with the paint is to tape off the tile.
After everything was covered and taped off, I used a very High Heat Spray paint in a flat black finish (make sure to read the label to ensure the paint you use is 100% safe for fireplaces. Here is a product that is similar to the one I used and claims to be safe as fireplace paint. I spray painted the brass pieces on the fireplace flat black to match the rest of the fireplace.
The high heat spray paint I used had great coverage. I held the paint can about 10 inches away from the hardware and sprayed it in an even back and forth motion. I allowed the paint to dry and then painted one more coat. Since the hardware didn’t require that much paint, I decided to use the rest of the can of high heat paint to spray the inside of the fireplace (you should refer to the fireplace paint can instructions on whether or not this is a recommended/safe thing to do). You can paint the inside of a fireplace with safe/recommended high heat paint.
The inside of our fireplace was a gray with lots of scorching. Painting the whole inside of the fireplace black with high heat spray paint completely changed the look of the fireplace. I seriously have no idea why I waited so long to finish this fireplace makeover. The black hardware really wipes away any remnants of the 90s that were lingering around, don’t you agree? Kathy, thank you so much for reminding me I wanted to do this! This was the best low cost (under $5) high impact project, I’ve done in a while. It made such a difference.
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