When we moved into our fixer upper, the first things we did was to try and update as many items in the house without breaking the bank. One of the quicker fixes, was to paint the brass fireplace screen! I did shop around to replace it, but those things cost $200 and up…the one I wanted was around $400. Priorities people!! So the easiest solution was to just paint it. And as it turned out, I love it more than I ever could a new one.
This is the calm before the storm…brass everywhere. While I do love touches of mixed metals, it was just tooooo much! The first thing I did, or should I say the husband did, was to remove the screen. I then sanded the screen with 120 grit sand paper. This step is very important!! You are going to scratch up all that brass, and that is good! It is giving the paint something to adhere to. So sand away and when you think you are done, sand a little more. Next, I taped off all the windows of the fireplace screen (or anything you don’t want painted). Then I laid the fireplace screen on the grass and started spray painting.
I bought this Rustoleum High Heat Paint from Home Depot. It is used to paint BBQ pits and can withstand up to 1200 degrees fahrenheit, so I think it is safe for a fireplace screen! I only had to use 1 can and my fireplace screen required 2 coats. It leaves a matte black finish, which is rich and wonderful.
See how much better it looks?! Total game changer and for the cost of a can of spray paint! Seriously people…$7. That was all it cost.
It only took an afternoon and elbow grease for this quick DIY. I can’t reiterate enough, the power of paint! It can transform anything.
Let me know if you try it! I believe that this project, anyone can do. I believe in you and the magic of DIY!