Paint your fireplace brass trim for an instant updated look!

We have an 80’s fireplace. I’ve been debating for a while about white washing the brick - I just can’t bring myself to make such a permanent change…yet. So, instead of painting the brick, I knew I could give it an updated look with minimal effort by painting the brass trim.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cleaning materials
Painter’s tape
Paper / plastic
High heat paint or spray paint (black)

Let’s get started!


Clean the fireplace. Be sure the brass trim you are going to paint is clean and dry.


Cover all other areas that you will NOT be painting. I used a painter’s tape and paper to cover the glass. I also used a drop cloth to cover the brick while painting.


Spray your brass trim with HIGH HEAT paint. It’s super important that you be sure it’s HIGH HEAT. Anything else could start a fire.


Remove the tape and paper / plastic.

Friends, it’s that simple. By painting those brass trim pieces black, the fireplace looks far better than it did before! I’m still debating what to do with the wood handles - any suggestions?

P.S. - Do you see those adorable plants? They are still going strong. See my plant guide for beginners, here.


Additional tips:

  1. Remove the doors to spray paint if you can. It will make your life a lot easier!

  2. Be sure you have your windows open for ventilation. If you can remove the doors, be sure you are in a well ventilated area.

  3. Multiple coats of spray paint will help give you an even finish.

  4. While using the spray paint can, go quickly in a back and forth motion. This will help give you an even finish.

  5. Be sure whatever area you are spraying is COMPLETELY clean. You will notice the areas that are not clean after painting.

Here’s another before and after shot!

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