There is no need to be afraid of your gas fireplace. Is it a lovely brass colour from decades ago, is the glass foggy and the logs are covered in dust?? If so, this gas fireplace update is exactly what you need and it is crazy cheap….as per usual 🙂
Bill is currently working on a large home upgrade job. We initially toured the home together and I gave the owners some ideas. They hated their fireplace but because it is a Napoleon and it works why replace it? EXACTLY!! Years ago I updated a fireplace in my home so I offered to help them out.
This really is a small job and if you know how to turn your pilot light on and off, you are good to go. There are lots of companies out there that offer this service so if you are not comfortable, please make the call.
OK, so here we go gas fireplace update-DIY. Please keep in mind this is only the actual fireplace, not the brick and chimney surrounding it.
- Shut pilot light off and allow glass to cool (it will be hot if it has been sitting for some time.) As you can see in this picture, most fireplaces come with simple instructions(tin cards on mantle) and if they don’t…google it.
- Remove any screws that are holding in the parts that need to be painted or cleaned. IE, handles, panels and glass. Don’t forget any power that may be connected. This picture shows the 2 cables that were connected to the power switch on the gas fireplace frame.
- Now the fun part, clean, clean, clean. I used a shop vac to remove all the dust bunnies and a damp cloth to remove the built up dust and soot inside the fireplace. For the glass, you will need to buy gas fireplace glass cleaner as believe it or not, some of those marks may not come off. When a pilot light is left on for long periods of time without use or when the fireplace is simply not used often, you will notice that the glass fills up with condensation when you light it. This is actually sulfuric acid and if left too long will permanently etch your glass.
- So, now your glass is clean, your fireplace is clean but your parts are still ugly brass. I used a high temperature spray paint meant for fireplaces, taped off the switch and went for it. Great workspace…I know. Follow the instructions on your paint. In this case, the pilot was not to be lit for 72 hours, not something you want to play around with. Apply at least 2 coats of paint in the colour you choose to ensure a smooth finish.
Once the paint was dry I added some new lava stones to ensure the update was complete. These stones can be purchased at most big box home renovation stores. They come in a variety of colours. I used some this past summer to add some fun to an outdoor fire table.
This Gas Fireplace update is a fun, inexpensive DIY project that you will enjoy for years to come. Best of all, it will only take a few hours of your time.