We are a young couple remodeling our first house...one outdated / ugly thing at a time. This blog documents our remodel projects and ideas.
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1.24.2011

Paint It Black

This project makes me think of the car insurance commercial - I just saved a ton of money by.... Well, I did save a ton of money, but not by switching my car insurance. I painted my fireplace doors black instead of buying new ones. Nothing earth shattering, but it was super easy to do and worth a blog post to share about because of the money savings.

But let me back up for a second and remind you of what the fireplace doors were looking like before I painted them black:
They are in great shape; however, with the no-gold/brass mission going on around the house these doors aren't floating my boat anymore. There are two options to fixing the problem at hand - replace or paint. And in keeping with my cheap-o mentality, I pick paint. Besides, if they turn out to look like dog doo-doo I can always save my pennies and buy some new doors later. (But you already know that they turned out great!)

O-tay, there are only four things you need to paint the fireplace doors: painters tape, a paint brush, high-temp paint, and something to protect the floor - I used newspaper.
And there are only two steps to this project - tape and paint. Yep, it is that easy. Just use the painters tape to mask off the edges and the glass. Then paint everything black. I did three light coats of black paint to make sure that all the brass was covered. And I'm sure you know this if you have a fireplace, but the doors can come off the hinge and fold out so they are easier to paint. Like this:
That's all folks. This is probably the fastest, easiest and cheapest project with the biggest bang for the buck to date. New fireplace doors cost hundreds of dollars and all I had to buy was a little can of paint. I couldn't be happier with the "new" doors.

Have you painted your fireplace doors, or anything else lately to save a ton of money? Are you on a de-gold/brass mission too?

Psss - Wanna read about the entire fireplace makeover? Learn how to tile the surround here and see what the original fireplace looked like here.

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Anonymous said...

Nice. I'm going to have to do this.

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Planning to try this in the near future. Thought about replacing doors but more money than I want to spend for a fireplace I don't use.

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