How to update your fireplace in only MINUTES!

before fireplace update painting brass


Please….. get rid of the brass on the front of your fireplace. Fireplace brass is ugly and outdated! Do a fireplace update right now.

It will take you 7.4 minutes.

high heat for fireplace update painting brass


This is the wonder product for your fireplace update. BBQ grill paint in black. Available at Lowes, Home Depot, etc. It is designed for “High Heat”…. so SHOULD be fine on your fireplace (do I need a disclaimer here?). Just kidding. I’ve done like 10 of these…. no fires yet. It’s safe.

How to do a quick fireplace update

prep for fireplace update painting brass

To start your fireplace update: cover everything within spray range EXCEPT the brass strips. Usually the handles are a pain to replace…. so I leave them on and just spray them also.

You should sand the fireplace brass. Then spray away.

fireplace update painting brass


Ahhhhhhh…. so much better.

fireplace update painting brass


7.4 minutes to a “brass-less” fireplace. Instant fireplace update that changes the whole living room!

This client (A.J.) is a dream client. She is so open to all of my suggestions in her house. Stay tuned for more of her projects to come.

Many blessings and happy painting,

PS…. if you have a gas fireplace, be sure to turn off your pilot light.

PSS… if you have a fireplace that gets super hot, use wisdom!


New paint can really put you in a happy place! If you need help picking out new paint colors, get my free video of my favorite wall colors.

I also have 10 quick & easy home updates you can do before dinner! These easy improvements will make your home feel fresh and updated! — Painting fireplace brass is one of them! You could also consider painting your fireplace tile! I’ve seen some ugly tile going along with the out-dated brass, so these two changes at once will really bring your house out of the 1980s! (For example, check out this recent blog post about painting the brass trim and tile)


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  1. pk
    November 2, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Amazing what a difference just that one little detail makes, isn’t it? Great job.

    pk @ Room Remix

  2. Carmen
    November 2, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Ahhh thanks for posting this. I have a brass fireplace surround to paint. I always wondered how I’d do it.

  3. southerninspiration
    November 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Oh, so, so much better! Love it.

    Can you do this on shower surrounds too???

  4. Karen at Nittany Inspirations
    Karen at Nittany Inspirations
    November 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    You have brought the fireplace into the new millennium.

  5. Miss Mustard Seed
    Miss Mustard Seed
    November 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I’m up for painting anything that’s brass. Instant update! I bet there are a lot of people doing this to their fireplace thanks to this post.

  6. Jane
    November 2, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Such a simple idea…love it!

    Jane @ Finding Fabulous

  7. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
    Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
    November 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    So much better 🙂

  8. TRICIA @ The Zoo
    TRICIA @ The Zoo
    November 5, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Looks great! Nice improvement.

    P.S. LOVE your header and blog design!!! Love love!!

  9. L
    November 5, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    You totally did this because you are annoyed that mine is still brass even after you fauxed the tiles right???

    OKAY!!!! I will do it!!!

  10. Halliehoop
    November 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    My sister is going to freak at how easy this is.

  11. SusanB
    February 28, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    If you have a gas fireplace, be sure to turn off the pilot light first.

  12. Vicky
    February 28, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Much better! I have a lot of brass that needs painting. Would you use the same type of spray paint for light fixtures or would you recommend something else?

  13. Keri
    February 28, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I used the liquid paint with a brush. I didn’t want any overspray. It turned out so wonderful!!! It made a huge difference!!!

  14. Linda
    January 23, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Not sure how to turn off pilot light, so scared to spray my one strip of brass.

  15. Linda
    January 23, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Did you have to turn off pilot light with liquid paint? Thanks.

    November 19, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Thank You Thank You Thank You

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