Do you have an outdated stone or brick fireplace that you would love to update but you just don’t know where to start or how to do it? You’ve come across the right blog! I’ll show you my fireplace makeover and how I took my very outdated brass and grey stone fireplace and turned it into something beautiful! And the best part is that it cost $40 and I did it in just one day! Yep, that’s right from blah to beautiful in one day and for only $40 bucks!! 🙂
When we bought our first home I loved the idea of having a fireplace and mantel. However, the style of the fireplace was not exactly what I had always pictured. As we hurried to get the basics done to the house so we could move in we decided to leave the fireplace as is. Now, 9 years later, it is finally time to update the fireplace! Here’s how it looked when we first moved in. Just look at the peachy pink walls, brass framed glass doors and the reddish hard woods!
I purchased most of the items online but they are also available at your local home improvement store.
Here’s a list of supplies that I used.
Super Fine Steel Wool
Trimaco 18″ Masking Paper
ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape – I prefer this to FrogTape because it’s easier to work with and easier to remove
Glidden Interior Latex Flat White Paint – you can use any brand
Rust-Oleum High Heat Spray Paint, Flat Black
If you have the brass doors, like I do, you’ll need to rough them up with the steel wool to remove the glossy shine and prepare the surface for paint. If you don’t remove the shine it’s possible the paint will not adhere properly and it could peel or flake off. Next tape off the glass area to prevent over-spray onto the glass. Then use tape the masking paper all the way around the doors to protect the stone or brick area from over-spray.
PAINTING THE BRASS
Since I painted the doors inside I had to make sure to have the room well ventilated. I opened all the windows and had fans on to control the paint fumes. I would also suggest covering or moving any furniture that is nearby. Using plastic gloves, because spray paint is messy!, I sprayed the brass doors with Rust-Oleum High Heat Spray Paint in flat black. I applied 3 coats, waiting 15 minutes between each. I already was loving the transformation! Just getting rid of the brass made a huge difference!
PAINTING THE STONE
I mixed 1 part water to 1 part paint, using white interior latex flat paint. If you’re whitewashing a reddish/brown brick fireplace you may want to start with a 3 to 1 water to paint ratio. It all depends on your desired outcome and how much of the stone or brick color you want to show through. The less water you use the more paint coverage you will have. Using a 1 1/2 inch angled paint brush I painted all the grey stone and the hearth.
THE BIG REVEAL!
That was it! It only took a few hours from start to finish and it cost under $40! Doesn’t it look so much better?? I don’t know why I waited so long to do it!
If you have a fireplace that you are thinking of updating, I totally recommend doing this! It’s amazing how much it will transform your room!
I’d love to hear about your fireplace makeover, so leave me a comment below! Pictures are always welcome! 🙂
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