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An oldie, but (unfortunately) a goldie

January 24, 2012

Notice anything flashy and brassy in this picture?

We lived with the beautiful gold frame around our fireplace as long as we could…even sprucing it up a few seasons before it had to go. Here is the slow progress of the fireplace and mantel over the past 6 months.

After looking into a few affordable options, and talking with some experts, we decided to get risky, take the plunge and buy the $8 can of Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Hammered Finish Spray Paint and get rid of the gold for good. It was actually the same technique we used on our gold kitchen knobs, here, but without the sanding. A few companies do make spray paint specifically for high heat, but it’s usually just a flat black color, made for engines and grills – nothing you would want to show off in your living room.

We talked with a few experts in this area, and they all said, the general rule of thumb (or hand?), if you can hold your hand on the metal while you have a fire a blazin’, it’s not too hot to paint with the regular stuff. We gave our brassy beauty a test run during a fire, and she passed , we didn’t singe our hands off!

The project took a lot longer to prep, than to actually paint. Since we were spraying and not rolling, the surface area was a lot larger and we had to tape paper all around the floor and the walls. I did about a bazillion, very light coats, keeping the spraying hand constantly moving. This took over an hour to spray, let dry, spray, let dry, spray…and used up an entire can.

After everything was evenly coated, I took off the paper and tape right away, and wipes down the floors and the walls with a damp cloth to clean up any paint fibers.

We’re still not total fans of the stones around the fireplace, maybe those will get changed in the future..but it’s an easier-on-the-eyes improvement. I love how it looks subtle and really blends in with the rest of the room, it has a matte finish, but with the hammered texture. Notice the new splash of blue behind our shelves?

This picture is an in-progress snapshot, explaining the randomness of the mantel and some of the shelves. We’ve done some colorful updates to the livingroom that I’ll share later in the week!

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  1. January 24, 2012 10:04 pm

    Love the transformation!! Really looks great. The blue on the back wall of the shelves is a great touch. I’ve also been experimenting with the hammered-metal spray paints—love the stuff! My current project is spraying a set of stainless steel shelving units (IKEA Grundtal) with the dark bronze hammered-metal spray. The shelves will be hung on either side of our bed in the master bedroom. They are turning out great….the spray paint has definitely removed the utility-esque look.

    • January 27, 2012 11:36 pm

      I feel like the hammered-metal spray paints can fix anything! They cover all imperfections and blend in with all other finishes! Love that you are updating your ikea shelves – would love to see how it all turns out! We are working on a few Ikea hacks ourselves 🙂

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