About a month or so ago, I was chatting with my sister-in-law on the phone about how she will be hosting Christmas dinner this year. As we were talking, she mentioned that she wanted to fix up her fireplace before the holidays. She was definitely tired of her old brass insert and wanted to update it on the cheap...and a success it was!
The first step was getting rid of the 70's style brass insert. It didn't "pop out" like she had hoped, but my father-in-law and brother-in-law were there to assist with this process. She then cleaned the inside with Simple Green, filled it with some candles, and bought a screen at Lowes. Doing that alone made such a big difference!
However, she decided to take it a step further and paint the oak mantle white to really make it pop. My father-in-law is a painter so, although she was ready to do the job herself, he took it over and did the first coat in about 15 min! The next day they finished the 2nd coat and it looks amazing. She used Ben Moore's Antique White with the primer mixed in. All of this cost no more than $65.00! Talk about a great way to make an update with a small amount of time/money before Santa arrives. Let's hope he doesn't knock over those candles!
Check out the Before and After pics... I can't wait to see it in person. Awesome job!