How to Give your Old Fireplace a Facelift

The house is currently sold, contingent on the new buyers selling their home. Which means, we are in that awkward place of keeping the place staged and ready for showings, and packing everything up and officially moving into the new house and settling in. This also means we don’t know how long we will be in limbo, until their house actually sells, and we get a closing date. So that is the frustrating part. The good part of this is that I have the extra time to DIY all the mini projects that I haven’t gotten to. We spent the last three months getting the house ready and painted, updating the bathrooms, now I get to do the little projects that require minimal cash, and virtually no time- like updating the fireplace.

Our fireplace is original to the house from the 1950’s in that ugly gold and glass. We never use it, partially because of the odd shape of the room, but more importantly because it is ugly. It was updated with a gas insert, but the outside still looks blah.

I promised the fiancé that this wouldn’t take me long, that I could do it myself, and would be virtually budget-less. This project took about 30 minutes of actual work, and a few hours of drying time, which I used to multi task on other projects.


  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • High-heat spray paint try Rust-oleum
  • Flat razor blade

Step 1: Take a before picture, I am still getting used to posting my projects, and I usually am half way through a project before I realize I haven’t taken a picture. The one at the bottom of the page is from the real estate listing.

Step 2:  Remove the face plate of your fireplace- if your fireplace is like ours it pretty gross. I have toughened up over the past few months so I didn’t wear gloves, but it’s at your own risk.  The fireplace faceplate at our house was attached with two brackets at the top, and two at the bottom. This may be a good time to soak the hardware in vinegar to clean them off, if they looked anything like mine.  Once the faceplate is removed, remove any decorative pieces or handles. This will make painting easier.

Step 3: Cover all glass with newspaper (now, I remembered the pictures) I taped all the newspaper down, to make sure I didn’t get any paint on the glass.fireplace painting

Step 4: Ready set paint! Spray the entire faceplate following the spray paint instructions on the can of spray paint.  Keep the can an even distance away while continuously moving, this will help you get an even coat of paint. Don’t forget to hit the handles and any of the decorative pieces you may have removed.

Step 5: Let the paint dry.  Instead of watching the paint dry, work on another DIY project.  Wait at least thirty minutes and then apply a second coat. If you are like me, you use this to fix all the spots that you missed. Make sure to open and close the doors, to make sure the hinges are coated, and any little crevasse get paint!


Step 6: Once everything is dry, carefully remove all the newspaper and tape. Use a razor blade to scrape any paint that may have snuck through the newspaper. Take a step back and look at your handy work.

Step 7: Now this is the difficult part. Not sure why, but getting this thing off the fireplace was easy, putting it back on, took me a bit of extra time. Make sure if you are actively using your fireplace, to get all the bolts on and tightened appropriately, you don’t want to start a fire and have a bolt come off!!



What do you think? Looks almost brand new!


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