A simple budget fireplace revamp


A simple budget fireplace revamp

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?


A simple budget fireplace revamp

A simple budget fireplace revamp

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!

A simple budget fireplace revamp

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.

A simple budget fireplace revamp


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?

A simple budget fireplace revamp!

A simple budget fireplace revamp


  1. May 2, 2017 /

    Oh that looks brilliant, well done! I didn’t know you could get paint that was safe for use on fires. We have a gas fire and my husband once bought a mantle like yours for it on a whim but it wasn’t anywhere near the right size. Basically what I’m saying is that he’s an idiot and if ever I decide to revamp my fire I’ll be doing it myself.

    • May 2, 2017 /

      Thanks Nat! The mantle is a bit big and off centre because of the gas pipe but I tell myself it’s hardly noticeable! I think I found this paint accidentally while on Amazon- I had no idea you could do this or I would have done it sooner!! I can totally live with this now! You can totally do it! I mean if it’s as ugly as mine you won’t be able to make it worse will you- haha that was my mantra going into this project.

  2. May 4, 2017 /

    Can’t believe the difference it makes! Looks really lovely. Living in a rented house means I’m limited to what I can do – quite frankly, I’d love to black spraypaint over the floral wallpaper!

    • May 4, 2017 /

      I KNOW! I’m shocked as I was certain it was going to look like a bag of poo but a slightly nicer looking bag of poo! I remember the renting days. I used to paint and then have to turn it back when I left but no major changes.
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  3. I didn’t realise that you could actually paint gas fires! It really does make a huge amount of difference and, instead of looking all 1970s, it makes it look bang up to date. Great job!

  4. May 5, 2017 /

    Wow this looks fantastic. I love it. I didn’t know you couldn’t paint them, this is such a great idea. Well done xx

  5. May 8, 2017 /

    Looks so good, i can’t beleive it’s a DIY.