How to Give Your Fireplace a Makeover

Do you have a brass fireplace in need of a facelift? If so, here are some great, inexpensive tips for a makeover!

How to Paint a Brass Fireplace

  1. First, purchase a can of high heat spray paint or brush-on paint in black or oil rubbed bronze.
  2. Cover the glass and the stone or brick surrounding the brass with painters tape and plastic. Be sure to cover all open areas. The paint is very thin and runs, and since spray paint is an aerosol, it can drift.
  3. Next, you want to make sure you coat the brass slowly.
  4. Allow the paint to completely dry and apply a second coat if needed.

Like what you see so far? If you have brick, take it one step further and paint the bricks to give it new life! You might say to yourself, “why would I paint my brick?” There are several reasons why it may be a good idea. The color and type of brick used for your fireplace depends on when your home was built. Varying colors and textures of brick may not compliment your current decorating style.

Paint is the perfect answer.

If you have a small room with a brick fireplace and the brick is dark, it can close in the room making it feel smaller than it actually is. Painting the brick a light color will make it feel larger and brighten up the space.

How to Paint the Brick

  1. To prepare the brick, scrub the brick with a wire brush to remove all dust and grime.
  2. Vacuum thoroughly and then spray the surface with a 50/50 combination of vinegar and water.
  3. Wipe off any residue that remains.
  4. Finally, paint the brick. Remember, brick and mortar are very porous. You will need to “push” the paint into the brick so that no small holes are showing.
  5. Allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat.

Have you recently given your fireplace a makeover? Share your experience and pictures below – we’d love to see the results!

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