A friend of mine was redecorating her house and the fireplace really needed to be updated.
It was a gas fireplace that was surrounded by emerald green tile. The front grill was gold and black. There was also green tile on the hearth in front of the fireplace.
Step 1: Clean
I used blue Dawn and water to clean the front of the fireplace.
Step 2: Remove the grill
I removed the gold grill but I couldn't remove the glass.
Step 3: Tape off
Using painter's tape
1 - I taped off the entire fireplace
2 - and the hearth where it met the carpet, pushing the tape under the carpet for a clean edge
Step 4: Prime
1 - I used Bull's Eye Primer. I did not sand the tile just used the primer
2 - I applied the primer using a paint brush
3 - I primed the entire fireplace tile
4 - applying two coats
Step 5: Mix Paint
I allowed the primer to dry 24 hours
1 - To paint the tile, I used four colors - Bull's Eye white primer, Shirewin Wiliiams Kinley Gray, Shirewin Williams Minimalist Grey, and black. I used paint samples of both grays.
2 - I mixed a small amount of white primer with both colors of gray as they were a little too dark.
Step 6: Apply Paint
Using a flat stencil brush
1 - I began with the darker gray, dotting it around the tile
2 - I applied the lighter gray
3 - Using a clean cloth, I blended the two colors
4 - I added a small amount of black and blended it
5 - I added a small amount of white
6 - and blended it until I had the look I wanted
1 - I continued around the entire fireplace
2 - and the hearth
I removed the painter's tape as I worked.
Step 7: Paint Grill
To paint the gold metal that I could remove
1 - I used Krylon High Heat spray paint. It is important to use high heat paint being a fireplace.
2 - I sprayed the metal using thin coats. It took four coats to cover completely.
I did not prime the pieces before I painted because I want to only use high heat paint.
For the gold edge around the glass that I couldn't remove. I began by taping off along the glass
1 - I used Krylon High Heat paint in a can
2 - and painted it on using a small craft brush. It took five coats to completely cover the gold. You must wait for each coat to completely dry before applying the next coat.
Once all of the coats were dry, I removed the painter's tape.
I did not prime the pieces before I applied the paint because I wanted to only use high heat paint.
Step 8: Seal
To seal the tile, I used Valspar soft Sealing Wax
1 - I applied the wax using a large, round wax brush
2 - I allowed the wax to dry 1 -2 minutes then removed it with a soft cloth
I allowed the wax to dry 24 hours. The wax creates a hard seal on the tile and will not melt.
The finished fireplace now has a updated look and blends with the rest of the home.