I detailed our painting process here and now we finished up the final touches. These touches involved painting the entire living room washed khaki (sneak peek here) and tackling the bronze accents of the fireplace. I did a bit of research online before starting the brass painting and I sadly discovered that our fireplace does not come apart in any way shape or form that would let me take the doors outside to paint them. So, I waited for a nice day, opened up all the windows, sprayed REALLY quick and then we all went outside to let the house air out.
Before I started the spray painting process, I literally had dreams about accidentally spray painting my newly whited fireplace black, so I made a super duper “tent of safety” to keep the black paint contained where it was supposed to be.
A few sprays of Rustoleum’s High Heat glossy black paint and we were in business. I ended up doing 3 thin coat because the brass didn’t want to go down without a fight and I didn’t want to use primer because I didn’t have any on hand that was high heat. As a side note…I later discovered that Rustoleum makes a high heat paint that comes in a quart size container and can be applied with a brush. If you are reading this, thinking of painting your fireplace, and discover yours will also not come apart, I recommend going the brush/painting on method as opposed to the spray paint. Guess our Lowe’s was running low when I was there otherwise I probably could have saved a bit of trouble, but then, what fun would this be??
Anyway, I crossed my fingers as I peel off the tape and plastic…
WOW! I love it already….and no black paint on the white, WHEW!
And here is a look with the tarp removed, the bookshelf arranging in progress and the washed khaki over the fireplace. I am LOVING this…all my doubts and hesitations have been washed away. Our new fireplace is awesome.
Long term we’re also planning to get a tv that can mount over the fireplace (to make the layout of our room make sense), do something to lighten up the back of the bookshelves, and replace the fake log insert with some awesome fire glass. All in good time, but for now, our mini-makeover is complete.
One more look (with a sneak peek of what I’m working on tonight)!
I’m linking up with Shabby Chic Cottage today!