I just had to give our fireplace a little face lift before Christmas came! This is a super simple project you can easily complete in 1/2 a day! Here's what you'll need. An affiliate link has been provided for some of the products that I absolutely could not have completed this project without.
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*Heat Safe Spray Paint http://amzn.to/2C5k5AJ
As you can see, this girl is in all her original 1984 glory.
The first thing I did was used my handy dandy tape dispenser to mask off all of the glass and tape paper around the edge of the insert. I then used heat safe spray paint (link to this product can be found above) the spray paint the brass insert black.
After that dried, I removed all of the tape and painted the mantle white. You can sand it if you like. I didn't. I then took some of the left over white paint and watered it down a little to create a white wash for the brick. Here is a video on that process: