After we did all of the remodeling there were only two spots left in the whole house that continued to have that 1980’s brass. One was the brass fireplace. And the other is the front door hinges. If I ever change those, I’ll tell you all about it!
We knew there was some damage to the fireplace before we bought the house, but we just thought we would take care of that later. Since it had not been taken care of, the highest quote we’ve gotten has been $8,000. The guy said that had somebody put a few hundred dollars into maintenance 10 years ago, it would not cost us thousands now.
Lesson learned. That sucks.
The reason I tell you that it’s because I looked at taking the doors of the fireplace off and just spray painting them. After getting into it a little bit I realized that I was in over my head. I called my dad. He came over and looked at it and said that if I took it off I would have a big mess. There is so much rust on the backside of the doors, he wasn’t sure what was holding them together. If I took those doors off, they would be coming off for good (probably in pieces) because they are so damaged.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Then I went to the store and I was looking for paint for something else, and I saw that not only does Rust-Oleum have that spray paint, but they also sell it in quarts. I could just brush it on! I truly prefer to spray paint something like this, but since there was no other way I brushed it.
Now, when you are up close, and it’s the right light, you can sometimes see brushstrokes. There are also a few bubbles you can see. Note to self: When you are working with an oil based paint, DO NOT SHAKE! It creates bubbles. STIR IT UP!!! This will not create bubbles. There are only three places in my house that have bubbles. Look at all the lessons I’m learning!?!?!?
In order to develop some continuity in that space, I also spray painted the mantle and the the fireplace equipment. It was my first time to use the flat black paint and I really liked the look for that room.
So there you have it, it’s so super simple just to change that crazy brass look! I probably didn’t need the high heat because we are not having any fires, but I didn’t know that when I bought the paint. If we ever get around to spending the amount of money that we can replace the doors too. For now I don’t have to look at that brass! And that makes me happy.
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