Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The curse of the brass fireplace

My friend Karen and I both love Nancy Drew so when she asked me to re-do her fireplace it seemed like it needed a Nancy Drew mystery-esque title.

Karen's house looks like it was owned by the same couple for years and years and years...and it shows. You can see the tone of the wood paneling and guess when it was put up (sidenote: her husband won't let her paint or take down the paneling because he likes it....he's also colorblind so can we forgive him?). But take a look at that fireplace - it stuck out like a sore thumb in the room.

I remembered Centsational Girl dealing with a bit of fireplace brass using the high heat paint - thank you Kate!
Karen and I got this quart for a mere ten dollars. Foam brushes were my applicators of choice since I didn't want brush marks in the paint.

Three coats later...

The best part? It doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. It blends in which was the whole point! Yay! Also, even after three coats I barely used any of that quart of paint. Barely any! We could high heat paint the neighborhood with how far that stuff goes.
I really enjoy simple changes for bringing a room up-to-date.

Tips: Use spray paint if you can get the insert to come out. We couldn't seem to get this one to come out so my second choice was the quart of paint and sponge brushes. If you're painting indoors make sure you can open up some doors and windows, this stuff smells like solvent. Yuck. I think I also would have preferred a teeny paint roller - I think it would have applied a little smoother. This paint is very thin so make sure you use thin coats so your paint doesn't run.

For gratuitous cuteness I'm posting a photo of her daughter. Because she's adorable and I couldn't resist. :)

Linking to:


A Soft Place to Land

The Shabby Chic Cottage


shari said...

it was no mystery...i knew from the start of your post that you were going to paint it black!:) but i didn't know it would turn out so beautiful!! it's gorgeous in black! nicely done! you are amazing! and you're right, her daughter is absolutely magical! wishing you sunshine today (little bit dark and dampish here today...)

Centsational Girl said...

Total awesomeness ! Don't you love it !!!! I do ! Thanks for the linky love !


Denise said...

That fireplace looks so different (and better!) now. The high heat paint is an inspired idea. BTW, thanks for stopping by my blog!

Abbi said...

That made a huge difference! I like it very much! In the pictures at least you can't tell that it is painted, it looks made that way.

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

SOOOOOooooooOOoOOo much better!! nicely done :)

m said...

question - how long did you wait between coats? the can says multiple coats aren't recommended, but I'm not sure what they are thinking...


Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

M - you didn't leave me any contact info so I'm hoping you come back and check here for an answer! :)

I waited a loooooong time between coats because we were having humidity issues that day. I waited about 6 hours after the first coat because a second coat any sooner made the paint want to pull on the first coat.I think even doing it the next day would be more ideal just to avoid any paint wrinkling. I did this one over several days - could have done it in three but there was a baby to play with too. :)

Multiple coats aren't recommended? Ummmm yeah no. They are crazy. This paint is way too thin for one coat!

Kristin said...

Just found your blog googling spray painting fireplace inserts- this is exactly what I want to do with ours!! I have a VERY similar brassy insert :( My question is, do you think sanding/using a deglosser would help? How has the paint held up over time?

Kristin said...

I just found your blog googling how to spraypaint a fireplace insert and I love it!! I want to do the exact same thing; I also have a lovely brassy fireplace insert..

My question is: how has the paint held up over time and with fireplace use? Also do you think sanding or using a deglosser would have helped?


Kristal said...

Do you have to sand the brass first to get the paint to stick? Thanks.