Mini Transformation – Fireplace Cover Makeover

Eight years ago we bought our current house, which had been built in 1982, from the original owners.  They had lovingly maintained it in all its 1982 splendor. Wood paneling! Wall sized murals of mountain scenes! Faux rock linoleum floors and faux marble counters! Weird square mirrors attached randomly to walls! And the brass fixtures. Oh, the brass. It was everywhere. We set about updating in a haphazard but determined fashion and today I think most people would agree we’ve made much progress.

Not the best picture (or scan) but you can really get a feel for the 1980's-ness of it.

Not the best picture (or scan) but you can really get a feel for the 1980′s-ness of it.

Several years ago we tackled the paneling. A couple of years ago we tackled the floor (goodbye off-white carpet, hello bamboo wood floors!). But what to do with the ugly brass fireplace grate? With so many big high dollar and high energy projects to do, spending money or a lot of time to replace the fireplace (which is actually one of those electric thingamabobs with a fan that help circulate the heat into your room rather than up the chimney) just wasn’t going to happen. We had already tried our hand at making over a brass chandelier and blogged about it here, so why not try the same thing with the fireplace?

Note the "High Heat" wording on the spray paint.  I'm betting this is a deal breaker

Note the “High Heat” wording on the spray paint. I’m betting this is a deal breaker

First of course we had to take it apart and tape off the glass. Even better would be to remove the glass – we found there was a bit of brass bleed through inside.

I hate taping.   Did it anyway.

I hate taping. Did it anyway.

Then we went wild and crazy with the spray paint.

Yes we hung it from a tree and went crazy with the spray paint.

Yes we hung it from a tree to paint.

Would I run out and buy an all black fireplace grate?  Nope, but the black at least makes it blend in and all for the cost of a can of spray paint.   I think I need to do something with the brick next.  Any ideas?  Painting? Staining?

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The cozy, romantic fire was an add-on

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And the old napping dog completes the look

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3 thoughts on “Mini Transformation – Fireplace Cover Makeover

  1. I love the black grate! Did you ever watch the TLC show Trading Spaces? They used to paint brick all the time, and I always thought it looked amazing afterward. I think they used sponges, and I can’t remember if they diluted it or did anything with the consistency of the the paint or not. If it were me, I would research techniques, and paint the shit out of that sucker.

  2. I love the black grate. Now I’m eyeing our brass fireplace… As for the bricks, I am chuckling because we had a painted fireplace at our old house and I hated it. I fantasized about using some kind of special effect sponge painting to make it look like real brick again. Maybe it’s a “grass is greener” thing!

    • I wonder if there is a treatment you can do where you can stain the bricks and change the color without actually painting them, ’cause I’d imagine it would be a lot harder to get back to brick if you didn’t like the paint than it would be to go ahead and paint if you didn’t like the stain, or whatever.

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