Today I am sharing how to update a fireplace surround that is brass! Our fireplace surround recently got a quick makeover with the help of black high heat enamel by Rust-oleum. It 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 a couple weeks ago, the brown dull paint didn’t look good so I decided to purchase black satin high heat enamel 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. This room was often like sitting in a time warp due to the brass on the fireplace surround.
Rust-oleum high heat enamel and a foam brush.
How to update a fireplace surround
Clean 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.
I applied 3 coats over the course of three days. The 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.
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.
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At first I wasn’t sure how to update a fireplace surround but after a trip to Home Depot and asking a few questions, this high heat enamel seemed to be the answer. 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 :).
*be sure to check your local fire codes prior to working on any fireplace*