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Updating an old stone fireplace from the 1970s with a brass surround can give your room an instant designer modern look. To achieve this, use black high heat enamel by Rust-oleum to paint the fireplace surround. With the help of paint, you can have the fireplace update done quickly and easily for a polished look.
Heat Resistant Paint For Fireplace Surround
Painting a metal fireplace surround can totally transform your space! This paint is specifically designed for painting metal fireplaces and surrounds, ensuring durability and resistance against the high temperatures. Before purchasing this black paint, my fireplace surround was originally brass-colored with stone along the edges. However, as the brass was dull and old-looking, I decided to switch it up by giving it a brown hue with Rustoleum’s paint. After completing our fireplace makeover, it became apparent that the brown didn’t quite fit in with the new look. That’s why I ultimately decided to switch to Rustoleum’s black satin high heat paint for our metal fireplace surround – and I’m so glad that I did!
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How Do You Paint A Metal Fireplace Surround
Here is a picture of the fireplace with stone and metal surround. It was original from when the house was build in 1970’s and had old heat vents built in. I was so happy when my dad agreed to help me update the fireplace! Check out the fireplace makeover by clicking through this post, how to update a stone fireplace.
- Rustoleum high heat paint (I used black paint)
- Foam brush
Step 1: Clean metal surround
To start the process of updating a brass or metal fireplace surround, start by cleaning the fireplace surround with a damp cloth and be sure it’s dry before applying the enamel.
Step 2: Paint Metal Fireplace Surround
I purchased disposable foam & bristle brushes and simply painted thin layers over the existing brown/brass fireplace surround.
I found that using the foam brush was the easiest to apply the paint to the fireplace.
Step 3: Apply 3 Coats of Paint over 3 Days
Over three days, I applied 3 different coats of paint to the metal fireplace surround. While the painting process if very easy, you will need to be patient while updating your fireplace. I wanted to make sure the paint was thoroughly dry before adding another coat.
The Rustoleum high heat paint directions said that it would be dry to the touch in a 4-6 hours but it was still tacky so I just let it dry for a full 24 hours before applying a 2nd coat.
Drying time will depend on the temperature of your house.
Fireplace Surround Before and After
You can find the full before and after post here, 1970s fireplace makeover.
Here is the before picture of the fireplace being framed during the makeover. You can see the brown painted insert.
The fireplace below shows the final renovated fireplace.
I love how the black paint looks against the newly painted white fireplace.
When painting a fireplace surround, do not load your brush up with paint, it will run and leave drips everywhere.
Both painting a metal fireplace surround and replacing it have their advantages, and the decision largely depends on your preferences, budget, and the condition of the current surround. Let’s explore the biggest advantages of each option:
Advantages of Painting the Metal Surround:
DIY Level: Easy to Moderate
- Cost-Effective: Painting is generally more budget-friendly than replacing the entire surround. It requires minimal materials, and if you’re willing to do it yourself, you can save on labor costs as well.
- Quick and Easy: Painting is a relatively simple and quick process, especially compared to the time and effort required for removing the existing surround and installing a new one. It’s an ideal solution for those who want to update the look of their fireplace without significant downtime. Even though my project took 3 days, that was due to the drying time in between coats.
- Customization: When you paint the metal surround, you have full control over the color and finish, allowing you to match it perfectly to your room’s decor or create a specific style or theme.
Advantages of Replacing the Metal Surround:
DIY Level: Moderate to Difficult
- Modern Update: Replacing the metal surround offers a more significant transformation. You can choose from a wide range of modern and stylish designs, materials, and finishes that can instantly update the overall look of your fireplace and room.
- Increased Durability and Quality: New fireplace surrounds made from high-quality materials are likely to be more durable and resistant to wear and tear, offering a longer lifespan compared to older, outdated surrounds.
- Design Flexibility: By replacing the surround, you have the opportunity to explore various design options, including different materials like stainless steel, brushed metal, or blackened finishes, and even experiment with unique shapes or patterns that can truly elevate the fireplace’s visual appeal.
- Value Addition: Upgrading your fireplace with a new surround can enhance the value of your home. A modern, well-designed fireplace can be an attractive feature for potential buyers if you ever decide to sell your property.
Ultimately, whether you choose to paint the metal surround or replace it depends on your renovation goals, budget, and personal preferences. If your current surround is in good condition and you’re looking for a quick and budget-friendly update, painting can be an excellent choice. On the other hand, if you’re seeking a more dramatic change and have the resources to invest in a new surround, replacement offers a wide range of design possibilities and potential long-term benefits.
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Disclosure: be sure to check your local fire codes prior to working on any fireplace
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