|Cozy didn't mind the brass.|
So, on a day off, I decided on spur of the moment that I was going to spruce up our fireplace. I went to Ace Hardware and found some primer spray paint specifically for metal. It's best to prime before you paint - especially when the object you're painting is a slick surface. I also found some "high heat" spray paint in a silver color - kind of like this.
nerve-wracking fun part was taking the insert out to prepare for painting. I had never done this so I just started unscrewing things. Dirt, soot, and cement were flying! I was starting to worry that I wouldn't be able to get the insert back in. After I got it out, I was able to clean things up. I used a wire brush to loosen dirt and soot off the brick. We have a gas log fireplace so it wasn't as dirty as a wood-burning fireplace would be. After I got it out, the fireplace looked like this:
Then, I taped the glass off with painter's tape and started spray painting. The nice thing about spray paint is how quickly you can re-coat.
After it was nice and dry, I was able to put it back together without difficulty. Here is before:
Doesn't it look bright and happy? What a quick and cheap way to update a fireplace! Total cost was around $10. I had looked online for custom inserts to replace this one, and the one I found and loved was a whopping $3000. Hmm, no thanks. I'd rather buy a couple cans of spray paint and do it myself.
I got it done before Ehren got home from work. When he got home, I said, "notice anything different?" Poor guy
frantically looked around the house trying to figure out what I had done for fear of disappointing me. But never fear, my colorblind, not-so-typical husband noticed! And he approved.