Yup, I painted the fireplace. I'm so excited to show you because it completely transformed the living room! But first: here's how I updated the gold fireplace doors, and the vents that are part of the system to circulate heat that would otherwise be lost up the chimney. The vents, in particular, were awfully ugly. And cemented in place.
Painting the Fireplace Doors and Vents
Painting the fireplace doors was easy-peasy. I removed the screws holding them in place and lugged them out to the garage where I first gave them a thorough clean (the glass was so dirty, you couldn't see through it). Once they were dry, I taped off the glass and gave the metal frames and wood handles a light sand. I wiped everything down with a damp cloth (just to get the sanding dust off) and let the doors dry a few moments. Then I sprayed on a few thin coats of Rustoleum high heat enamel spray paint. Following the manufacturer's instructions, I applied a few thin coats within the span of a few minutes. The surface was dry to the touch in 1/2 an hour and was ready to be handled within 2 hours.
What it doesn't say on the can is that this paint is magic. At one point the newspapers I had laid down to protect the garage floor blew up with a gust of wind and smudged the paint. Panicked, I applied more paint but that only made it looked worse. Discouraged, I decided to let it dry and figured I'd sand it down the next day and start fresh. Overnight though, the paint leveled itself into a super smooth finish. It didn't do this when I sprayed on a vertical surface but on any horizontal surface, no matter how much I bunged it up, it came out super smooth and even. I've since gone spray paint crazy and painted a ton of other things around the townhouse with this paint (details soon).
Painting the fireplace vents was another story. They had been cemented in place by the former owner and refused to budge, no matter how much we chipped at them.
I could have brushed on paint, but I didn't want the look of brush marks or drips on the louvers. Undeterred (and buoyed by the magic paint), my Mom and I rigged up a spray painting booth with a cardboard box and some plastic drop cloths that she held in place while I shimmied under and spray painted the vents in place. I didn't cover the faux stone to protect it from overspray because the next step was painting it a dark grey anyway (yay).
Check back Monday to see the full reveal of the fireplace. I'm just finishing up a couple of details. In the meantime, take a peek here to see if you're the winner of my First Alert giveaway.
I partnered with Rustoleum to update the fireplace vents and doors but was not prompted or encouraged to provide a positive review of Rustoleum high heat enamel spray paint. It will be a surprise for them, too, to see what else I spray painted in my spray paint frenzy, but we have partnered for a couple of other projects (you saw a sneak peek here), so stay tuned.