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Today I am sharing how to update a 1970’s stone fireplace with a brass surround. The fireplace surround got a quick makeover with the help of black high heat enamel by Rust-oleum. Updating an old fireplace surround with paint can give your room and fireplace a designer modern look in no time. This post contains affiliate links.
The fireplace surround was originally a brass color (that had stone along the edges) 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 that was surrounded by stone, the brown dull paint didn’t look good so I decided to purchase paint for fireplace surround in a black satin high heat paint from Rustoleum. You can buy it here!
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 particular fireplace was original to our old house that was sold a few years ago but we recently updated a fireplace at the split level flip house and it brought back memories of this project!
How to Paint a Metal Fireplace Surround
How to paint a brass fireplace is a simple process and the prep work is key. You will be amazed at how quickly you can update a fireplace on a budget with paint.
What type of paint should you use for a fireplace surround? You definitely want to research and be sure to use a high heat paint and something that is safe for a fireplace or grill.
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.
How Can I Update My Fireplace?
The first step is to purchase your paint supplies.
- Rustoleum high heat paint (I used black paint) and a foam brush.
To start the process of updating your 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.
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.
How to paint metal fireplace surround
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.
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 including how we covered the old stone fireplace with wood.
Brass Fireplace Surround Makeover
I searched google for a couple days to figure out how to update a fireplace with brass 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 :).
Do you have a brass metal fireplace surround that needs to be updated? Hopefully this tutorial and fireplace makeover has shown you how to paint a brass fireplace surround and inspired you to update your own!
Would you like to see this full fireplace project makeover? Be sure to view all the posts on our new fireplace category page.
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Disclosure: be sure to check your local fire codes prior to working on any fireplace
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