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How to Update and Modernize a Gas Fireplace

Posted by Chris Howe on


Tired of that old drab fireplace that resembles a black hole that seems to suck the life out of you when you stare at it. Or maybe it has more brassy gold fixtures on it than King Tutt's treasure. Lets face it, fireplaces are typically the center of a room. There are inexpensive solutions to update your gas fireplace and make it look like a high-priced modern fireplace that will add sophistication and comfort to your room.


Update the Trim Color

Nothing makes a fireplace more dated than, well, something that is dated. The brass fixtures are a no-go and they need to go. Brass trim was popular about 15-20 years ago. Even touching up a fireplace with worn trim color will make all the difference! The secret, high temperature spray paint. My personal favorite is Rustoleum's High Heat spray paint. The paint comes in a matt black and will adhere to most surfaces including gloss and brass trim. (read the instructions).  


  • Step 1: Turn off the pilot

Do not start painting until you do this! Spray paint is highly flammable. Gas fireplaces will have some type of shut off valve. Typically this is under or inside the appliance. Check your owner's manual if you are unsure. 

  • Step 1: Remove the glass front and any filaments

Removed the glass panel from the fireplace if there is one. This is not a necessary step but it certainly makes the job easier. Some fireplaces require tools to do so, others do not. Also remove any filaments and logs. Plus, you may want to touch up the inside of the fireplace. This is where the most heat damage to the paint will occur.

  • Step 2: Tape off around the fireplace

Painters tape and construction paper are preferred for this. Tape and cover everything except for the fireplace trim. Tape closely to the edge of the trim to get clean lines. Construction paper can be used to cover up anything that shouldn't be painted.

  • Step 3: Begin painting

Hold the spray paint can about 8 inches away and spray using back and forth motions. Avoid spraying the can in stagnant positions to prevent drip marks. Typically 1-2 coats should suffice. Let the paint dry before turning on the pilot light. The paint does not take long to cure as the fireplace can typically be used within an hour. 


Replace the Filaments

This step is optional but will make a significant difference in the appearance of your fireplace. Replace old logs with realistic detailed ceramic fiber logs or beautiful contemporary fire glass. Check out our fireplace filaments.


  • Step 4: Change the Filaments 

This last step is optional but will make the most significant change in the appearance of the fireplace. This requires changing out the logs for new ceramic fiber logs and for a contemporary look, fire glass. Fire glass is a crushed stained glass, tempered and tumbled to remove sharp edges. (Note) Not all gas fireplaces can accept fire glass. It will require a gas fireplace with a flat burner such as a gas log fireplace. This Live Fit Magazine video has a great step-by-step instructions on how to install fire glass. For a more traditional look, ceramic fiber logs can also replace old drab broken logs. Ceramic fiber is light weight and glows red when hot. (Check with your fireplace manufacturer as to whether this is possible). 

Check out our large selection of fire glass here.


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