Updating old fireplaces

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Giving our living room gas fireplace a total makeover has been in the plans for a while – it’s in great shape and we love the size of it and the design of the mantel but the colors were pretty boring and not as bright and stylish as I knew it could be.We gave the stained brown wooden mantel a paint makeover in white as the first step and it made such a huge difference to lighten and brighten our living room!The fireplace blah beige tile surround got a paint makeover last month too – here’s how I did it, with no sanding and in just 3 steps! : First let’s look at the before: Boring and blah tile. – White Tile paint – this tile paint is a water based primer sealer. (I purchased it at Home Depot about .00 for a quart) – Painter’s tape for delicate surfaces (so it doesn’t remove the paint from the metal fireplace insert) – Paint brushes – a 1.5 inch flat paint brush and a 1/4 inch flat paint brush. "Homeowners looking to update their fireplace and add a cozy ambience to their home can do so with the installation of a fireplace insert -- which can fit in a pre-existing fireplace," Baldwin says."Besides the aesthetic appeal, fireplace inserts can result in increased heat output, reduced emissions and improved efficiency." Some people love the crackle and ambience of wood.The grout can be a tad sandy, so you’ll definitely need to vacuum when you’re done. Thankfully, this paint is awesome and doesn’t require more than one solid coat.

Gas fireplace inserts don't require electrical power, unless they're equipped with a fan or blower.

I made up a mixture of 2 cups of warm water and 1 drop of dish detergent in a small plastic container and wiped down the tile with a cotton cloth and the soap mixture. After 1 coat: When the paint has completely dried remove the painter’s tape.

After cleaning the tile I gave it a final ‘rinse’ and wiped it down with a slightly wet cloth (with just water, no soap) and let it air dry. Tape around the entire tile with the painter’s tape.

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