I hope everyone is staying warm and getting ready for the holidays. We had a little snow and ice storm here in the DC area earlier this week and lost power for two days. Marty and I initially thought we would be able to tough it out and sleep at our place…then we realized we’re wimps and can’t take the cold. We took refuge at my parent’s house and actually slept in the room my mom and I painted the other day.
Now everything is back to normal, and I’m so excited to share another big item checked off our home to-do list that I did in partnership with Ace Hardware. Our fireplace has sat mostly untouched since we purchased our home. I painted the mantel white awhile back, then just never got to doing something about the brick.
I spent a weekend making over our fireplace, and I am loving the change.
I picked up a gallon of Clark+Kensington Interior Enamel in Ominous Cloud to make over the brick. Since it is a paint and primer in one, I didn’t bother with priming first. The brick was very porous which made it soak up a lot of paint with the first coat, so two coats were a must, especially since it’s hard to get in all the little nooks and crannies with just one pass.
The fireplace doors had also seen better days, and I wasn’t crazy about the brass around the glass. We had contemplated getting a new door, but apparently the doors are part of a whole fireplace unit which would be rather expensive and difficult to replace.
So since it looked like getting new doors was out for now, and I still wanted to freshen it up, I picked up a little can of this Rustoleum High Heat Oil Based Enamel. While I am not sure if the metal gets that hot when burning a fire, I didn’t want to take any chances.
I lightly sanded the brass, taped off the glass (since I read that oil based paints can be harder to scrape off than acrylic), then only needed one coat to cover the brass. The black was almost an exact match to the rest of the fireplace door, so I touched up a couple nicks and rusty spots which made it look brand new. Once I was done and saw the results, I was really glad we decided to keep the existing door and just paint it.
I’m not really sure why I didn’t paint the brick and antique brass sooner. It was such an easy way to make it look more modern and less 80’s, just in time for the holidays when our fireplace gets to take center stage. I hope Santa likes it ;)
And it sure does improve the view from the kitchen when we are cooking.
Brick Paint: Clark+Kensington Interior Enamel in Ominous Cloud
Fireplace Door Paint: Rustoleum High Heat Oil Based Enamel
P.S. – the winner of the Wagner Paint Sprayer was Charlyn! Thanks so much to all who entered!
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I am a member of the Ace Hardware Blogger Panel and was provided the product and supplies for this project. All opinions are my own.