How to paint brass fireplace easily to turn a dated fireplace into a modern focal point.
For most of us, a fireplace is a bonus when you buy a home. Sometimes though, it can be dated or need a lot of work in order to make it into a modern centerpiece of a room.
When we moved into our new house in the country I was so happy that there was a working fireplace in the living room.
It had propane logs installed years ago but was in perfect working order.
Even though it worked well and kept us toasty, I couldn't get past the faux brass fireplace trim against the black matte of the fireplace surround.
I considered replacing the surround but wanted to try to remove the brass accents to see what I would find underneath.
How do I update my brass fireplace surround?
Removing fireplace trim
To update the fireplace I started by removing the brass trim. I needed to see if it could all be removed and what was hiding under it.
First I removed the brass trim that framed the whole surround.
It was actually attached with a magnetized strip so all I had to do was to gently pull off the accent pieces.
Next, I removed the trim that covered the vent. They were a bit tougher to remove but I was able used to gently pry the strips off the vent with a flathead screwdriver
The brass strips were hiding some rust so I would have to deal with that before I tried to paint it.
The last two pieces of trim were screwed into place. I used a Philips head screwdriver to remove them.
After all of the fireplace trim was removed, I unclipped the vent cover so I could sand off the rust and paint it with a matte black paint to match the rest of the surround.
I decided that I would only use the two larger brass pieces that were screwed in and the vent cover. The rest of the strips were put in the garage until I was sure I would no longer need them.
So, I took the vent cover and the two pieces of trim outside and gave them a good sanding.
It took a bit of work to remove the rust off of the vent cover but it did come off, along with some paint. The brass accents were just roughed up a bit to remove the shine so that the paint would adhere.
Next I wiped down all of the sanded pieces really well.
Spray paint for a fireplace surround
Because these pieces are on a working fireplace, that gets very hot, I used a high heat spray paint in a matte black.
I sprayed a couple coats of paint to completely cover the vent cover and brass accents, allowing them to dry between coats.
Once the trim and vent cover were dry, I reinstalled them on the fireplace surround.
They were the perfect match to the rest of the surround.
So much better without the brass fireplace trim. All it cost was $7 for the spray paint and about an hour's worth of work.