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« on: June 05, 2009 03:10:48 PM »

before and after

i've always hated the brass thingy that was in the fireplace. so three years after we moved into this house, i finally painted it! easy peasy and i love it!! i used a hammered dark bronze paint to blend with the other fixtures in the living room area...

so yeah, if you have crazy shiny brass you don't like, bust out that rustoleum paint and make it better! this took me about an 45 minutes of prep/spray time, then drying time, but about 2.5 hours total. i wish i'd done this forever ago...now i want to paint the mantel a darker color to go with our darker furniture, lol!
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2009 03:20:47 PM »

Nifty! I didn't know you could paint brass, so that's pretty cool. The heat won't make the paint peel?

« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2009 03:22:13 PM »

thanks! we have gas logs that we haven't used in three years, so i wasn't super worried about it, lol. there's also a layer of insulation behind the brass front, so i think it would be okay, but they do have high heat paint too, like for bbqs, etc, if you were worried about that sort of thing. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2009 04:51:55 PM »

That's nifty! I hate brass! All of the fixtures in our apartment (door knobs, lights, etc...) are brass and I hate it! But I'll deal until we get our own place someday Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009 05:58:10 PM »

Would you mind telling me how you prepped it? I have some really hideous brassware that is just begging to be painted now!
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2009 08:49:47 PM »

I love, love, love that hammered-look paint! What a world of difference it made to your fireplace, wow. I don't blame you for wanting to cover up the brass, I'm not a fan of it, either, but to each his/her own.

I used a silver hammered-look spray paint on an old aluminum screen door and it made it look almost new, I was shocked. I thought it would just spruce it up a bit and put a little shine back on it, but that paint made all the difference. I think it actually made it look like a more sturdy metal when it was finished. (Hubby re-screened it after I painted it, way cheaper than a new door, that's fer sure.) Another great feature of this type of paint is that it covered up flaws such as the pitting or whatever it is the weather did to the surface. I didn't have to prep the surface so much for smoothness, a little roughness only added to the charm. I just made sure it was clean so the paint would adhere properly.

After you did the fireplace, did you look around and see what else you could paint with it?! *giggle* I did but couldn't fulfill my sick need, dern it.


« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2009 09:06:30 PM »

thanks y'all!

dawt, i've got a brass piano lamp on the piano off to the right of the fireplace, i totally am spraying that too Wink

kholbert, as far as prepping, all i did was get some medium gauge steel wool and rub it down to get the lacquer roughed up, then sprayed! well, i taped off the glass too, but as far as the metal, that's it! i did remove the handles and spray those separately too. so easy and i LOVE the difference it makes!
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2009 04:34:59 PM »

I love the way it looks now!
I also have a face the same color as your before and I can't stand it. That isn't my biggest concern atm as I just moved here a week ago, and before we moved in, a raccoon decided he wanted to hang out in the house. So..the face isn't even attatched right now. lol. He knocked the whole thing out and took out a bunch of insulation as well. He still comes down at night (I have boxes and a filing cabinet against it..so he can't come in Smiley.
Sometimes he makes lots of noise and other times I only know he's in there b/c my dogs are going crazy.
I really like yours though. It looks really nice and makes a huge difference! And so much better than buying a new one. (=
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2009 04:44:38 PM »

dawt, i've got a brass piano lamp on the piano off to the right of the fireplace, i totally am spraying that too Wink


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