If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times (how many times did you’re mom tell you that?). A little paint and an afternoon can completely transform a space! This fact definitely held true for our once dated fireplace.
We’re currently living in our second house, and during both house searches a fireplace was near the top of our “want list”. Figuratively speaking, they can add so much warmth to a space. When we saw our current house online, I was immediately drawn to the large brick fireplace. The only downside was the dated, brass door frame. I immediately had a vision, and it was one of the first projects I completed within a couple weeks of moving in.
The Right Paint
My vision for the downstairs space was warm white walls with black accents and cozy textures. So when choosing a spray paint, I wanted a heat resistant, matte black. This Rustoleum High Heat checked every box! I definitely don’t think you need the “high heat” for your fireplace door frames because they don’t really warm even with the gas fireplace roaring. I just erred on the side of caution as I do with everything in life.
Protect Your Surroundings
The very first thing you want to do before painting anything is clean the surface. I scrubbed down the frame and doors with Method Multi Purpose Cleaner so that the tape and paint would adhere properly.
When painting your fireplace frame, the absolute most important step is precisely taping and covering the space around the frame. I used regular painters tape and packing paper since we had aplenty after our move (you could also use newspaper).
This step can be tedious, but it’s well worth it in the end. I started by taping every edge, inside and outside of the frame. I then went back with paper and taped fitted pieces to the glass and brick surrounding the frame. Having had an accident or two with spray paint in the past, I went overkill on covering the brick with paper. It’s better safe than sorry
Hold the can of spray paint 1′-2′ from your surface to prevent drips. Give the first coat at least an hour to dry before applying the second. I only needed two coats on my frame, but you may need a third depending on your application.
80s No More!
Just a few hours and a can of spray paint gave my dated, 80s fireplace new life and a sleek, matte black look!