Sunday, April 23, 2017

Family Room Project-Fireplace Update








 The brass fireplace front looked really dated, so when we were doing our huge family room project, I asked my husband if we could also paint this. He was hesitant, but he reluctantly agreed.












The new paint was looking really nice and then it was time to do the fireplace. Our sons removed the brass front. We saved the insulation(you can see it in this picture) and re-used it when we replaced the front.



 One of our sons covered all of the glass in the fireplace front....he did such a good job of covering each of the 4 panels.

We used steel wool to rough up the brass a bit so the paint would hold well, and then  we took it out and put it on the gravel walkway for painting.








We needed to use a high heat paint because it is a fireplace front... this is the one we used although there are other brands that should work just as well.








 




 We sprayed it.. and it dried really fast as you can see here. We needed to cover the front, top, sides, etc, so we painted from various angles and let it dry.







 On one section, the paint bubbled and wiped right off and I realized some wax had gotten on there. We carefully wiped all of the paint off those areas and used steel wool again.

Then we re-painted.








 
This was the step that really made appreciate our son's careful taping of those windows. We moved the glass to various positions and painted so that every area of the brass would be covered.

We moved around and sprayed from different angles... another son and I did this step and it helped to wait for it to dry and then look... sometimes it was a bit hard to see what needed a little more paint, so having 2 of us on this step helped.






 Time to add the newly painted fireplace front to the newly painted fireplace..........











 We all agreed that we liked it much better than the old brass. It is amazing how much one small part of a project can help change the look and feel of a room.

This was especially nice since my husband had been quite skeptical and I had really hoped he would like it!

When our oldest son, who lives on his own, visited, he was surprised at what a difference this had made. That felt good too. :) 




 Overall, it has been a good project. It was a lot of work, but we have really enjoyed the results. If you missed other posts in the series, I am including the links to them here:

Family Room Project-Adding Built-In Bookshelves

Family Room Project-Paint Change

Family Room Project-Ceiling Design


Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great week.




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34 comments:

  1. Wow what a great job you did with the updated fireplace cover. Thanks for sharing this at C&C with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie

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    1. Thank you! It was one project that really updated the room. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  2. Looks so amazing! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you... I have had a little trouble figuring out how to use the facebook group... I need to try it again. Thank you. :)

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  3. I despise the bright brass which screams 1980! Nice job on the revamp, looks very cozy.

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    1. I agree... my family thought that was odd... what was wrong with the brass? Would it really work? Would we like it? So pressure was on and I really hoped they would like it after giving reluctant approval. I was so glad that they did! :)

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  4. It looks so peaceful and inviting. I'm happy for you. We finished painting our bathroom this weekend. The floor needs a good scrubbing since a bit of paint got on it. We have a window that needs the woodwork replaced in there, but it all looks much nicer than it did. We painted it a color called cream in my coffee.
    Be blessed,
    I prayed for your daughter and your family tonight.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. Thank you... your bathroom project sounds great... it is so nice to freshen our homes. For me, one project-small or large... can be very helpful on my outlook for the whole house! It is encouraging to me.

      Thank you SO MUCH for praying for my daughter and family. That means so VERY much!! It has been a difficult time and God is faithful and is sustaining us.. but I have been so very tired. It means more than I can say to hear of you lifting us up before the One who loves and cares most for us. Thank you. :)

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  5. Beautiful!! Love the colors in this room but I think I have mentioned that before... Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you... they have sure lightened the feel of the room... very refreshing. Thank you for visiting. :)

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  6. incredible what a few cans of paint can do!

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    1. SO true! I love the facelift aspect... and the whole change of a room... just from painting! :)

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  7. It does look better after painted. Great idea you had. I love to paint rooms. Have recently started painting furniture. Paint can really change the look of things.

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    1. It has made the room so much lighter and more inviting. I do like how paint can change the feel of a room. I have painted some furniture too, but not lately... too busy! :) Thank you for visiting.

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  8. Thank you for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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    1. It was a good party.... thank you for hosting. :)

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  9. Love your fireplace update. I need to paint my insert as well. You given me inspsiration.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon party.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you.. we are REALLY glad we changed it... made such a huge difference in the room. :)

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  10. The insert looks much better painted black. I really didn't know you could do that. I also like the paint job on the entire fireplace area. Looks great!

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    1. I hadn't realized it could be painted either until I saw it online a couple of years ago... kept it in the back of my mind for a possible project and was so glad my husband let me do it when the time came.... he's glad now too. :) Thank you for visiting....

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  11. It's amazing what a bit of paint and perseverence can do isn't it? The whole fireplace area looks beautiful now and you should be justifiably proud.
    Leanne | cresting the hill

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    1. It is amazing... and I love how different the whole thing can be... from just paint. I am pretty pleased with the project. :)

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  12. It looks so beautiful and cosy. AMazing job!

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    1. Thank you.... it sure looks better. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  13. I love the new look on the painted bricks, the color looks good. I would have been afraid to paint the brass, I did not think it looked that bad. I have to say it looks better now, great work family. The whole effect is fabulous.
    Kathleen
    Blogger's Pit Stop

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    1. Thank you... I was a bit concerned about doing it also, but envisioned a better look. I was afraid of doing it, not being able to turn back... and not liking it. It did help that when I looked closely at the brass, I found some light rust in a few places and other issues. :)

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  14. I love the transformation! Thanks for sharing at the Friday at the Fire Station link-up!

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  15. What a difference painting that fireplace screen made. We have a very similar brass screen that I'd love to paint but I don't know if I can talk my husband into it. Your end result looks great!

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    1. I didn't think I could either... and I do not want to ever manipulate my husband, so I was very low key in asking him. I was surprised when he agreed, even if it was reluctant. Thank you so much. :)

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  16. Looks great. Thanks for the info on high heat paint. Will be waiting to see more projects.

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    1. Thank you.... I'm so glad you visited. :)

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