House to Home Column: Paint your fireplace for a hot look

Interiors-obsessed blogger Becky Pink shows how just a lick of paint can make your dated brick fireplace the centre-piece of your living room.

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There’s nothing like a real fire to make a home cosy, but if your house doesn’t have a chimney, it can get expensive.

When we moved to our house nearly four years ago, it had a dated brick gas fireplace that dominated the whole room.

We had a quote to have it removed and replaced with a wood-burner, but as we only have a narrow flue, it would have cost over three thousand pounds. Gulp.

So, I decided to paint it. I’m so glad I did, as the fireplace looks 100% better, at a tiny fraction of the cost of a new one.

We painted the brick work first, using the same paint as we used on the walls to help it blend in, and worked it into the brick.

I’d read you need special masonry paint, but we have had no problems at all with normal emulsion.

If you’re attempting this though, please do check! It took a few coats to cover the dark brick but we instantly knew we’d made the right decision.

Painting the actual fire was the most nerve-wracking part! I used specialist matte black stove paint, which can withstand high temperatures, took the moveable parts off and painted them.

I also painted the rest of the black parts so that it would all be the same black. Again, it took a few coats to finally cover the brass, and the paint fumes weren’t very nice.

But it was well worth it as our fireplace now looks so contemporary and sleek, especially after we replaced the shiny varnished wood with some reclaimed oak.

We painted over the horrible brown tiles on the hearth, and one day will hopefully replace them with slate. I think it’s amazing what a bit of paint can do!

Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming.

This column was published in the March 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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