We have two ugly brass fireplaces that have the potential to be beautiful.
We didn’t have the budget for two expensive fireplace makeovers however, so we decided to spray paint our brass fireplaces black.
In this post, we share some tips and tricks that anyone can use to give their brass fireplace a complete makeover using spray paint and some elbow grease.
Best of all, this makeover only costs $150, so you don’t have to break the bank just to give your fireplace a face-lift.
Before and After the Brass Fireplace Makeover
Everything you need for this fireplace makeover
Note: when I bought the rustic mantle it was on sale. It could be more or less at the time of your purchase. It’s beautiful in person and we’re very happy with it.
Clean the Fireplace Brass Surround with Wipes
Here are the wipes we used. You should wipe down the fireplace brass to remove any grime before applying the spray paint.
And, yes, our house had ALOT of brass before we renovated it.
Here are the 5 steps to updating your brass fireplace surround.
Tape and cover the brass fireplace surround
You want to make sure that you place enough tape around the edges of the fireplace so that you don’t risk painting any area that you don’t intend for paint to get on.
We purchased blue painter’s tape and masking paper to protect the floors and the fireplace tile.
You’ll want to be extra careful that you tape as close to the edges as you can. It won’t look great if you get spray paint on the tile.
Although this step seems obvious, it’s extremely important. If you don’t get this step right, it’s possible to mess up the entire project.
Spray paint the brass fireplace with high heat paint
We actually decided to use this Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint in black , but it’s not a high-heat spray paint so we recommend using a product like the one pictured below for safety’s sake.
This type of spray paint is usually used on grills so you know it’s safe for heat.
Apply 2 coats and let sit for 24 hours. Have good aim and don’t accidentally get your walls or floors!
Note: The reason we went with the particular Rust-Oleum product we did is that we thought it would be easier to concentrate that spray can to just spraying the brass, and since we were putting our house on the market that week, we didn’t have time to clean up mistakes.
We would have probably been fine with the Ultra product linked above.
After painting the brass fireplace black
We actually updated two fireplaces – the one in our master bedroom and the one in our living room. In the second picture above, you see the fireplace in our master bedroom. The wall paint is Benjamin Moore San Antonio Gray, by the way, and we’re obsessed with it.
How to install a floating mantle above the fireplace
Add the hanger board to the wall above the fireplace by first finding the stud using a stud finder. It was hard for us to locate the stud at first but, once we found it, we were able to nail the hanger board in place.
Then you nail the floating mantle to the hanger board. We chose the dogberry collection floating mantle in aged oak in the 60-inch size after looking at hundreds of floating mantles.
We chose this one because it had that Chip & Joanna Gaines farmhouse feel. It came in a darker chocolate color too, but we didn’t want it to be too dark.
After the DIY Brass Fireplace Makeover
We’re thrilled with the result!
Since we were putting our home up for sale, we had a professional stager (Maple & Moss Designs in Colorado Springs) come in to stage the living room. We love it!
- Here’s a similar ‘Keep It Simple’ print on Etsy if you want to copy the look
Our home went under contract for list price in just 6 days! I think the brass fireplace makeover was worth it!
For those who are interested in updating their fireplace brass doors in a DIY manner, feel free to check out the video below in which David Huval explains exactly how:
Why the DIY Approach is So Great
Taking a DIY approach for updating your fireplace has so many benefits, including:
- You get to decide exactly how the fireplace will look
- You get to save a ton of money by making the updates yourself instead of hiring someone else to do it.
- You get the satisfaction of knowing that you can look at the fireplace and know that you made it look so great.
Have you removed the brass from your fireplace? How did it look?
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