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October 25, 2013

Give a Fire Poker Set a New Look with Paint

How to paint a fire poker set

In the spray painting frenzy I eluded to, a fire poker set left behind by the former owners of the lakehouse also got a dash of matte black Rustoleum high heat paint.  We actually already have a lovely poker set that my grandpa welded, but the tools hang from a stand that also holds a pile of firewood: 

Log holder and fire poker set

We'd like to weld a new stand just for the tools, as we no longer need wood storage (what with the handy firewood cubby beside the fireplace), but in the meantime I thought we might just want to use the small little reject set.  However, the pieces had brass handles and were worn out.

Gold fire poker set

First I gave the set a thorough clean with some soapy water and a scrub brush.  I rinsed it with clean water and let everything dry overnight.  Then I brought the whole kit + caboodle outside, taped off the bristles on the brush and used the Rustoleum high heat spray paint I used for the fireplace vents and doors (see the whole makeover of the fireplace here).  A couple of coats on each side, waiting two hours before flipping them over and spraying the other side, did the trick.  This paint has a super quick dry time (1/2 hour, handle in 1-2 hours), which makes for a quick DIY.

Paint a fire poker set
Matte black fireplace tools DIY

I like how the set disappears against the dark grey, newly painted stone because I will have art and accessories that I want to highlight instead.

Dark grey fireplace, warm wood floors
You must ignore the disarray
I partnered with Rustoleum to update the fireplace vents and doors and was so pleased with the quality of the paint (and the smart, matte black finish) that I tackled this as a bonus project with leftover paint.  I was not prompted or encouraged to provide a positive review of Rustoleum high heat enamel paint.


  1. I love the charcoal black color! looks classy!

    1. Thanks! I think it makes the set look much more modern too. And it was free, so I can't beat that, lol.

  2. we have rustoleum high heat on a small portion of our fireplace and so far its holding up! i like how they blend into the fireplace i know you will do a great job styling this beauty!!

    1. That's great to know!! I hope ours vent, doors and pokers hold up too (although I have no reason to believe they won't). I'll be sure to write about it when we've tested them for a few months.

  3. I'm always scared to use dark colors, but this has inspired me. Do you think it would work with a lower ceiling?

    1. I have seen some gorgeous accent walls in a dark, rich colour with standard height ceilings. I think the key is having a lot of natural light, no matter the height of the ceilings. I always wanted to try something dark but always struggled with spaces with small windows so white was my trick to make rooms look brighter.

  4. I love that set that your grandpa made. would it be possible to put gliders on the bottom and slide it into the cubby? you would have to slide it out to grab a piece of wood but probably wouldn't be that much effort.
    congrats on your lake home. I love it and am really looking forward to seeing the changes you make.

    1. That's a great idea! I'd love to use the whole set he made, so I'll have to look in to some way to retro-fit it, although I'm not sure yet about whether it will fit (it's still in Ottawa). Thanks for the idea, I'll be sure to keep everyone posted if I can make it work!

  5. That's such a nice set! Love how the fireplace turned out


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