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 fireplace paint to update my fireplace hardware.
Updated Fireplace with Fireplace Paint
I’m a firm believer that paint is a superpower. It can change the look of basically anything with a stroke of a brush. That’s what happened here. High heat paint is safe to use as fireplace paint or for grills and is the perfect easy and inexpensive way to update your outdated fireplace.
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.
After everything was covered and taped up, I used Rust-Oleum’s High Heat Spray paint in a flat black finish (here’s a similar safe fireplace paint) to spray paint the brass pieces left on the fireplace. I decided on flat black to match the rest of the black metal pieces of the fireplace.
This paint has 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 high heat paint to paint 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).
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.
Freshen up your fireplace with fireplace paint! Pin this project for later: