living room transformation: part II
As you saw here, we started the living room transformation by creating some chevron art above the fireplace. And next on the "to do" list was updating the fireplace insert. As much as I love brass, it had to go. It looked like this before:
|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.