A quick and easy way to makeover your dated brass fireplace with just a few simple supplies. This step-by-step guide will show you how to get an updated fireplace without breaking the bank.


This week I’m finally sharing my super easy 5-step fireplace makeover. Our fireplace had been screaming for an update to its 90’s brass trim since we moved in, but I got bit by the procrastination bug and kept putting it off. After lots of research on how I could make a simple update without breaking the bank, I collected the best tips and went to work on painting it. The best part; it only takes about 30 minutes of your time and a little paint to update your entire look. The key is buying the right paint that’s appropriate for being near high-heat areas and knowing how to prep. Don’t worry, I’ve done all the research for you!

Supplies Needed

  • Screwdriver (if you have fireplace clips that screw on)
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper
  • Dry Cloth
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Plastic sheets (you could use trash bags too!)
  • Rustoleum High Heat Spray Paint (I used the matte black color)

STEP 1: Remove Door Hardware

Carefully open each door completely and remove the doors from your fireplace. You may have a spring system that allows you to simply lift and remove each door after pressing a release button. Mine worked a little bit differently and uses clips to hold the doors in place. I needed a screwdriver to remove each clip, but once the clips had been removed I was able to angle the doors and lift them from the track. I would highly recommend snapping a photo of how yours are attached if you think you’ll forget how to get these babies back on!

STEP 2: Prep Surfaces

Remove dirt and grime by cleaning the surface. Prepare the surface for paint by lightly sanding the metal with fine grit sand paper to remove any stuck on dirt.

STEP 3: Clean & Protect Surfaces

Clean the glass and metal with glass cleaner and a dry rag. Be sure to use a rag that won’t leave behind lint or fibers on the surface. Use painter’s tape and plastic sheets to protect the glass from paint.

STEP 4: Paint

Spray two coats of paint, waiting an hour in between each coat. It’s important that you let each coat dry properly if you want a smooth finish.

STEP 5: Reattach Door Hardware

Remove plastic and painter’s tape once paint is dry. My doors needed another cleaning and then it was time to attach both of the doors to the fireplace.

Now all that’s left to do is cozy up next to your newly updated fireplace and relax!