Its FRIDAY! Which means its time for PART 2 of the Fireplace Makeover mini-series! Today I’m going to teach you how to VERY easily revamp that awful brassy-gold fireplace door that has been an eyesore since the day you moved into your home. This is one of the easiest things you can do to transform your fireplace. I’m sure I said that about the sconces too, but many people don’t have sconces on their actual fireplace!
So are you ready to turn this:
- High Heat Spray Paint: It MUST be high heat up to 200 degrees. This is very important. You can purchase this here.
- Painters Tape
- Old washcloth
Step 1: The Decision
This is the hardest part of this whole project. The one decision that will shape how this project will go. Do you take off the fireplace door to paint? Or do you cover the surrounding areas and keep the fireplace door attached? Now you are probably wondering, why is this the hardest part? Because getting that fireplace door off – Piece of cake. Getting it back on – Dear Jesus Help Me. Most fireplace doors are attached very easily with a bracket. However to re-install the door you have to get half way into the fireplace THRU the fireplace door. I did take the fireplace door off – it just took me about an hour to get it back on. You may be way more talented than me. If that’s the case or – if you are okay with spending a chunk of time on it then I say take that door off. If not – you might want to leave it on for this project. This decision is going to be 100% up to you though! TIP: If you take the door off take a picture of how the brackets go on. This will save you time trying to figure it out later.
Step 2: This thing is DISGUSTING
There’s this thing about fireplaces – They are DIRTY. Even if you have a gas fireplace like me – They still have soot and smoke and I was covered in black marks. So the first thing you want to do – Get a big bucket of soapy water and clean, clean, clean. (This is where that old washcloth comes into play).
Step 3: Disassemble the Door
Likely there are two (or four) sliding doors on your fireplace. The first set is the actual glass doors. The second set is likely going to be the grates. Remove all of these doors. To remove them you just have to pull the doors toward the top of the fireplace, and then pop out the bottom. They should all slide out easily.
Step 4: Tape Tape Tape
I bet you’re thinking, but I removed the door! I shouldn’t have to tape! Well I tricked you there! Along all of the glass, start taping until all the glass is covered with painter’s tape.
Step 5: Bye Bye Brass
This is the easiest part! Paint the door with the spray paint! I let them completely dry in-between coats and made sure I didn’t over-spray as it will create marks and you want it to look natural. I did 3 total coats.
Step 6: I Don’t Want To!!!
Once the paint is completely dry, remove all of the tape. If you took the door off its time to reinstall the door. And Ta-Da! You’re finished!
Make sure to check out the last tutorial I shared about how to replace the light fixtures on your Fireplace and also check back next week when I share the final reveal and how to change your outdated paint color!
I graduated from a local college with my BBA in management and currently work for a major insurance company.In my spare time I LOVE sewing and spending time with my family!
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