How to Update a Fireplace Door With Spray Paint

3 Materials
20 Minutes
My new house is all brass. I mean brass door knobs, brass light switches, brass. brass. brass. I can't stand it. So I'm slowing getting rid of the brass room by room.... starting with the fireplace doors.

This project was a quick and easy update that makes all the difference. If you follow me on social media, you know I'm all about the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to DIY. I love a quick afternoon project that transforms the room!! And this is it!

My fireplace doors were really a very pretty design, but all brass.  I knew with a little spray paint, we could update those suckers in no time!!

The doors were attached to the brick with just one screw on each side.  It looked like this when I stuck my head in there.   I just loosened those screws and the whole door frame comes off.  Easy peasy.
I took the door to our sun room and laid it on some big sheets of cardboard.  This room has a big door and a fan so it has plenty of ventilation.  Work safe - make sure you either wear a mask, and/or work outside!! 

First up, I taped off the glass with painters tape Then I just covered the middle of the glass with paper and taped it again.  **If you get any spray paint on the glass it can be cleaned off with a straight razor!**
Next I grabbed my can of Rust-Oleum High Heat Spray Paint in flat black.  Shake it up really good for about a minute and then get to spraying. 
Spray in even layers, and several light coats is better than one heavy one.  
I sprayed the whole thing pretty quickly and then went back to double check I didn't miss any spots.  My blog post has a video of this process, if you'd like to see how it's done and a get a few pointers too.
I only let it sit about an hour (I'm impatient like that) before re-installing it.  And BAM just like that we've got a quick and easy fireplace door update! No more 80s Brass.

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  • Darlene Merritt Darlene Merritt on Jan 03, 2018
    Should the shiny brass be slightly roughed up a bit with fine grit sandpaper before painting ?


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  • Laura Laura on Jan 06, 2019

    My son & daughter-in-law had similar brass doors on their fireplace. I told them I was going to try this and see what happens. Well, they went out for the day and I tackled this project. When they came home, their jaws dropped. They couldn't believe it. It changed the whole look of their living room. So cost effective and so easy.

  • Diane Diane on Sep 04, 2020

    We don’t know how to get the doors off the track.