We have a gas fireplace in our family room. The mantel is a classic white wooden mantle, with a creamy marble insert. The style of it is simple, but it suits our home. The one thing that I’ve never liked about it though…
are those glaring ugly brass stripes, going across the front of the glass.Those things have driven me crazy for years! I just think they cheapen the look of the whole fireplace. I’ve always planned on painting them, but for some reason I never gave it a priority. I’ve been on a mission lately to get rid of all the remaining brass “builder touches” in our home, and this was one of the last remaining hold outs. Its time had come!
The first thing I did was remove the metal sections that had the brass on them. They actually just lifted right out, and go back in just as easily. Hopefully yours are the same, if you want to try this. I had already purchased my spray paint and was ready to go, only after I removed these sections …
surprise! I realized that the brass was just a covering over the metal grill thingy! I didn’t even need to paint them, they just pry right off! So that’s what I did, I grabbed a screw driver, and slipped it under the brass and pried it right up and out of there! It took all of 5 minutes, I can’t believe I lived with this for that long, when it was that easy of a fix! Not that painting is that hard mind you, but really now. So silly!
Here you can see the brass pieces, laying next to the grill thingy, after I removed them.
I have to admit I did get a few scratches on the grill thingy. So I grabbed a black Sharpie and filled them in. I also went over that “heatilator” sign with the Sharpie (who wants to see that thing?!) and it’s barely noticeable now.
Much better, don’t you think?!! I can’t tell you how much happier I am every time I walk into this room.
Some times tiny little changes, can make a big difference in your home. Do you have a small project that you’ve been putting off, at your house? I would love to hear about it!
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