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.
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?
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.
Then we went wild and crazy with the spray 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?