I’ve received several emails lately inquiring about painting the brass exterior surround of a fireplace. My response has always been to try a brand of high temperature specialty paint. I’ve passed this product several times in the paint aisle at Home Depot and Lowes. Over the summer, I even considered repainting the outside of our old BBQ. But I have never actually gotten around to trying it out until today. This morning, I bought a quart of Rustoleum’s High Heat black paint at Lowes for $13 dollars. This afternoon, I was able to give my two fireplaces a fresher look for very little cost, and without replacing any parts.
First, I tackled the living room fireplace. I’ve always loved the existing cream marble tile surround and the white mantle, but the brass trim and wood handles? No thanks. It looked very dated in my opinion. I really wanted it to be less brassy. But replacing the doors was cost prohibitive. So I tried this specialty paint today, and in about twenty minutes, the fireplace was transformed into something I believe looks much more fresh and modern.
So long brass trim.
Here’s another glance from afar.
Here’s what I did.