The 90's called and they want their fireplace back.
Gold tones come and go and we are currently having a bit of a love affair with them. But not all golds are created equal. Brass-trimmed fireplace inserts scream builder-grade 90's and it's time for them to go!
These types of fireplaces are one of the first things that I look for when staging a home built in the 80's or 90's. There are so many of them in my area and today's homeowners or buyers rarely love the way they look. Updating them can really go a long way in bringing a home into the current decade and blending in with today's decor preferences.
This fireplace is lovely, but the brass trim dates the home. The good news...it's a very inexpensive and easy fix. This is what you need to grab from your local hardware store. Seriously. It's just black spray paint that is specifically formulated to tolerate high temperatures and it's under $5!
There are generally a few different types of fireplace insert covers. Doors like you see in the 1st photo above and permanent screens as shown below. The one on the right is what our fireplace looked like before we bought the house. Gold and beige were king!
The "permanent" screens are actually not really permanent. They can easily be removed and, in our case, the trim just popped off while leaving the rest of the screen intact. I simply took the trim outside and laid it on an old tarp and sprayed with 2-3 coats of the high-heat spray paint until the gold was sufficiently covered. I let it dry thoroughly, popped it back into place and admired the transformation!
If you have doors with gold trim (as shown in the top photo), you can either remove the doors and take them outside, mask off the glass and spray, or you can leave them installed and mask off the glass and all of the surround and floor and spray. That approach may be a little risky as spray paint tends to have a mind of its own and gets on everything, but I've seen some owners who have made that work.
Over the years, we've also made a few other updates to modernize the space. Maple hardwoods, a paint switch to Sherwin WIlliams Perfect Greige and simplified accessories. If you are selling, this type of look is modern and elegant and will appeal to many different buyer demographics.
Why spend the rest of the winter stuck in a design time-warp when, for less than $5, you can transform your family room focal point!?
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