Fireplace Makeover {Spray Paint Magic}

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DIY Fireplace Makeover – all it takes is a little spray paint to give an outdated gas fireplace a lift! An easy do it yourself project that only takes a few minutes.

I love using spray paint, and I go through cans of the stuff. I’ve spray painted candle holders, home decor balls, and even furniture. It’s so quick and easy!

brass gas fireplace makeover final shotBrass Fireplace Makeover

If you read my blog at all, you know how much I love spray paint. I don’t think I could live without it. Well maybe I could, but my life would be a lot more boring. And ugly. I’ve spruced up so many things with spray paint that I’ve lost track! And now I have found another type of spray paint that I adore. Krylon BBQ and Stove paint.

When we built our house 13 years ago, brass was popular. I never loved it, but sometimes it was the only choice. Take our fireplace for example. Brass accents across the top and bottom.

old brass fireplace before makeover
Lately it has really been bugging me. Every time I would look at it, I would think “Bleckk! Those brass strips have got to go!” But I wasn’t sure how. Then one day while browsing the spray paint aisle, I came across this stuff:

high heat spray paint for fireplace makeover

It’s for painting BBQ grills, so it will stand up to a lot of heat. I decided to give it a try on my fireplace. And boy howdy do I love it. You don’t even need to use primer. It says so right on the can. All I did was remove the brass strips, sand them with some fine grit sandpaper, and wipe them off really well. Then I sprayed them with a few coats and let them dry completely.

Update: It can be hard to find this exact can of spray paint, but now Krylon sells a different high heat spray paint, and there is also a Rustoleum high heat spray paint. They even come in different colors and finishes, but they all work pretty much the same.

Voila, no more ugly brass!

brass fireplace updated with black spray paint

I also painted my oak mantel white. That also made a huge difference in the look of the room. Paint is such an easy and inexpensive way to update a space!

reveal of brass fireplace makeover with black paint

Here’s a little before and after shot:

before and after collage of fireplace makeover

I like it sooo much better now. And it was a cheap and easy fix. Gotta love that!

do it yourself fireplace makeover photo collage

Here are a few more home improvement projects to check out:

Corner Mudroom Bench Tutorial
How to Install Beadboard Wallpaper
DIY Reading Nook


  1. Lori Nielsen says:

    We just did the same thing with the brass on ours

  2. I just painted my brass fireplace with high heat paint! Can’t wait to reassemble the front!

  3. Mitchel Joslin says:

    Did you paint the inside with the same paint?

  4. I just did the same thing but didn’t use the BBQ grill high heat paint. Am I in trouble? I have a gas fireplace.

  5. How do I spray paint the fireplace front black if the pilot light is on? I don’t know where to turn it off. Can you remove the fake logs and pebbles to replace with knew pebbles?

  6. Carrie Kennedy says:

    I also want to do the exact thing to my fireplace ! I have ugly brass ! but i’m still trying to figure out how to get the brass strips off !!

    • Mine were super easy to remove, I was able to just lift them off. I know all models are different though. Hope you can figure out how to remove yours!

  7. Well Kara, this Kara has an identical fireplace, so seriously let us know how it holds up and come fall we will follow suit if it does well. Hubby hates the gold as well.

  8. Oh my gosh, I was thinking about doing the exact same thing to our fireplace! Now I have the confidence to do it… thanks! I now also know the correct product to use 😉

  9. I’ve been wanting to do that to ours. I HATE the brass. My husband has been saying that there isn’t a paint that would work on it. I’ve been insisting that there is – and you proved me right!! 🙂 Thanks, can’t wait to do it!!

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