When we bought our house it was the space that did it for us. Lord knows the decor in this house didn’t do it. The house we bought was a complete fixer upper and there wasn’t a room that didn’t need work. The first thing I wanted to do was rip out all the ugly gas fires. Little did I know I would end up with a fireplace budget revamp.
Fast forward 7 years and the bloody fires are still around. Granted I did remove the super ugly paneled shelving unit and surround they had built around it and I found an oak fireplace mantle on eBay for £5 but there was no getting away from the fact that they fires were ugly. We decorated the room but left the fireplace alone (bar removing the ugly unit around it) because we wanted to replace it with a modern gas fire. After doing the sums and realising it was going to cost us over £1k and looking at all the other things we needed to do around the house we decided we could live with it for now.
Oh but how I hated the ugly brown and brass fire and I finally thought I should give it a bit of a makeover. I did some research and found you could paint the gas fire! I thought what the hell.
it’s already an eyesore I can’t make it any worse can I?
It was super easy and I think the result speaks for itself. Now I’m not saying it’s going to win any design awards but if you have an ugly fireplace and don’t have the money to replace it this might just work for you!
If you’d like to give it a go then all you need it to prep the unit- I wiped it down with some white spirits, let it dry and then sprayed it with Valiant Stove Paint- I used matt black.
I let it dry a bit between coats and honestly I was finished in a couple of hours. I think it looks fantastic and for under £15 you can’t beat that can you?