Today I am sharing how to update a brass fireplace surround that is brass! Our fireplace surround recently got a quick makeover with the help of black high heat enamel by Rust-oleum.
The fireplace was originally a brass color that I decided to paint brown a couple years ago. While brass is currently “in”, this brass was old and dull. Once we finished our fireplace makeover , the brown dull paint didn’t look good so I decided to purchase black satin high heat paint from Rustoleum that I found at Home Depot.
Do you have a fireplace you would like to update? A fireplace update can add not only value to your home but it can create cozy fresh space in your home to gather with family and friends.
How to Paint a Fireplace Surround
What type of paint should you use for a fireplace surround?
Rustoleum High Heat Fireplace
Rustoleum high heat paint (I used black paint) and a foam brush.
To start the process of updating your brass fireplace surround, start by cleaning the fireplace surround with a damp cloth and be sure it’s dry before applying the enamel.
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.
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Over three days, I applied 3 different coats. 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.
Here is the before picture of the fireplace being framed during the makeover. You can see the brown painted insert.
Painting tip: When painting a fireplace surround, do not load your brush up with paint, it will run and leave drips everywhere.
I love how the black looks against the newly painted white fireplace.
RELATED: See this fireplace full makeover post
Paint for Fireplace Surround
I searched google for a couple days to figure out how to update a brass fireplace surround and finally settled on painting the brass black with Rustoleum paint. I met a woman at Home Depot in the paint department that also recommended the painting option.
We are planning to install a pellet stove insert at some point so in the meantime, this solved the issue of the old brass and brown paint. I think the black against the fresh white paint looks beautiful and clean. A much needed improvement :).
Would you like to see this full fireplace project makeover? Be sure to view all the posts on our new fireplace category page.
Disclosure: be sure to check your local fire codes prior to working on any fireplace