$5 Fireplace Makeover

When our house was built (in 1997), brass seemed to be the primary fixture choice for home builders.  Therefore, we have LOTS of brass and gold through out house. Rather, we DID have lots of brass!  I have made updates over the past few years....new hinges and doorknobs, new bathroom faucets and towels bars...  And now it's the fireplace's turn.

Did you know that getting rid of the gold on your fireplace is quick and simple?  For $5, you can purchase a can of high heat spray paint... and in no time, you can say 'bye-bye' to the shiny stuff!

The gold fireplace accents literally just pull or pop off the face of the fireplace!

Take the fireplace pieces to a place that is safe to spray paint (i.e. a well vented garage or outdoors).  Often times, when painting a smooth surface, it is recommended to rough the area up a bit with a fine sandpaper or steel wool.  But this old fireplace has it's fair share of scratches and roughing up. So I skipped that part and started spraying!

The paint went on smooth and dried really fast. I was able to do a second and third coat and put everything back on the fireplace the same evening.  I can't believe how great it looks!

The 'after' picture below is so dark!  I think it's because there is no more gold for the light to reflect off of  (or maybe it's bad lighthing....but I like to think it's the absence of the gold!)

One last look at the before....

And the after....

Seriously, I bought that spray paint almost five years ago and it sat in our garage.  Why on earth did I wait so long to do such an easy project?!  Now what to do with that Victorian scroll work on the mantel - ugh!  That's a project for another day.


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