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You guys. It’s 2016. If you still have this brass on the front of your fireplace, well our friendship is in serious trouble.  It is a 15 minute project to paint the fireplace brass trim  ….. depending on how many times you check your phone and take potty breaks.  You can paint this thing. And you can paint it quickly. I’m going to walk you through it!

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rustoleum high heat spray for fireplace brass trim

This is the only thing you may have to go buy.  It’s black spray paint designed for gas grills. If it’s good enough for a hot gas grill, it’s good enough for your fireplace front I promise! Of course, use wisdom in deciding if to paint near your fireplace and whether or not to turn off your pilot light for this project. You’ll need to ask someone smarter than I for this project.

Both Lowe’s and Home Depot carry the High Heat Rustoleum paint.  If the spray version terrifies you, you can buy a quart of it on my affiliate link HERE and just brush it on.  I’ll forgive you.


prep painting fireplace brass trim

First, dust off the fireplace brass.

2nd, tape above and below it with good tape. Diamond Vogel 1.5 inch is my favorite painter’s tape. It’s like blue tape.

3rd, tape off or remove any handles you don’t want sprayed.


prep fireplace brass doors with newspaper

Then, tape newspaper all around being sure to have it on the hearth area especially as spray paint “falls”.  Any “gaps” in the paper will get spray paint in it, so take your time on this step.

Then, crack a window.  Hide your hubby and kids.  It’s time to paint the fireplace brass!


spray paint fireplace brass trim

Two thin coats of the spray paint will more than cover the fireplace brass. It will take you less than 1 minute for each coat. Be sure you follow directions on the spray can.   And if the site of my spraying something INSIDE of a house is giving you hives right now, then just get the paint in the quart form HERE and brush it on.  Lol.   It’s all good either way.


Here is a quick video of me spraying the fireplace brass for all you visual learners.


painting fireplace brass trim after


And look at that. Seriously.  So much better. So much more 2016.  We can remain friends!


And there you go.  The entire transformation. A painted fireplace brass trim! And if you want to learn how I painted the fireplace tile to cream – check out the next post here.

As always, feel free to pin any of these pictures so that you can save the info for later.

And I’d love to know if you have painted your fireplace brass or plan on doing it?  You’ve got this!

Happy painting,


If you need some more easy home improvements , watch my free video with ten quick home updates you can do before dinner!

It’s also easy to paint your kitchen tile and fireplace tile!  I painted the kitchen tile to get rid of my brown backsplash as my kitchen was transitioning from browns and golds to a new gray color scheme! Painting tile really helps transform an entire room!


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  • Sharon A. Custer says:

    I have a ceiling fan with gold bass looking parts. Any ideas of what to do with it. I hate the gold. Fan blades are white with brown wicker, which I don’t like that either.

    • Charlene Piche says:

      I had the same ceiling fan with brass and what I did was simple. Just tape anything you don’t want painted. Removed the blades, unless you want them painted as well. I used rust-oleum paint as well and it turned out perfect. Good luck

    • Christa says:

      I actually used an acrylic craft paint on my brass ceiling fan and created a stippled nickel finish on it. Turned out great! I removed the blades and painted them too in a color that matched my room.

    • Jennifer says:

      You can take it down and spray paint it, or likei didi used Annie Sloan paint and painted it black

  • John says:

    Hi. I have a new brass-coloured fire trim that I wish to paint too. But it’s not real brass: it’s steel, painted with brass-coloured paint. The finish is glossy, but I am not sure whether that is because the paint is glossy or because there is lacquer on top of the paint. Can I simply spray it, as you did? Or do I need to strip it, sand it, clean it with methylated spirits, or otherwise prepare it first?

    Also do you know whether it is possible to get a suitable paint that is gloss rather than matt?


  • Tricia says:

    I just moved into a house that has brass just like this around the fireplace. I already bought the paint and plan to paint it soon. Thanks for the tutorial! Your fireplace looks great, especially the painted tile. I never understood why anyone would pick they hideous hunter green color!

  • Nana Bug says:

    I feel like such a dummy! I moved into a wonderful house 4 years ago. Except it has the ugliest ceiling fans in the world! They must have gotten them on closeout or goodwill or somewhere cheap. I have been looking for nice fans for 4 long years. That is why I read smart people’s websites!! I never thought of paint. Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you

  • Fairfax Avenue says:

    That’s the same fireplace I have. Since we have brass table lamps, the brass didn’t bother me as much as the little wood insets in the handles. A tiny bit of black paint made all the difference. When I saw the same fireplace with the light wood handles in a MUCH NICER home, I just laughed.

  • Sandy says:

    I love the idea of painting the brass on fireplace with high heat paint. My question is does it smell when you finally turn the fireplace on?

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