One of The Man and my favorite things to do together is to decorate and make things look pretty. :-) Our fireplace was an eye sore. It was black, old and ugly. I got tired of it and decided to see what my options were. We don't have extra money in the budget for anything fancy so I knew I had to be creative. It cost less than $20 to give our fireplace a face lift. I am very please with its new look.
First things first. I removed the old handles off the fireplace doors. Depending on how your fireplace is you may be able to remove the doors, if you can it would probably make things easier. Then the fireplace had to be cleaned. I cleaned and vacuumed the entire area. I used sand paper on the brass so that the spray paint would stick. I then gave it one more cleaning with rubbing alcohol (this makes sure there is no residue left behind). Since I could not remove our doors I had to ensure that they were covered well. I covered the doors and around the fireplace with paper bags and painters tape. It is very important when using spray paint to cover as much as possible of what you don't want painted. The paint tends to spread. Luckily for me it wasn't too hard to clean up off my flooring. I used High Heat Spray paint, that is normally used for grills and such. Home Depot had the best selection for colors. They were the only place I could find almond/creme. I sprayed several thin coats of paint following the instructions on the can. Once the paint was all dry we removed the tape and paper and put on the new handles. I love it.