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How to Paint Fireplace Tools | Give a Fire Poker Set a New Look with Paint

Today I’m going to show you how to paint fireplace tools and give a fire poker set a new look with (special, heat-resistant) paint!  Here’s a little sneak peek at the transformation:

How to paint a fire poker set

In the spray painting frenzy I eluded to, (when I spray painted the fireplace vents and doors), a fire poker set left behind by the former owners of the lakehouse also got a dash of matte black Rustoleum high heat paint.  We actually already have a lovely poker set that my grandpa welded, but the tools hang from a stand that also holds a pile of firewood: 

Log holder and fire poker set

We’d like to weld a new stand just for the tools, as we no longer need wood storage (what with the handy firewood cubby beside the fireplace), but in the meantime I thought we might just want to use the small little reject set.  However, the fireplace tools had brass handles and were really worn out – and you know I don’t love brass to begin with!  But there’s nothing a fresh coat of spray can’t can’t improve, right?  I love seeing something practical – but worn out – like this come back to life with a little elbow grease and paint.  Because other than the worn finish, they fireplace tools seem brand new because they’re in such great shape. 

Gold fire poker set

First I gave the set a thorough clean with some soapy water and a scrub brush, to remove all of the ash and dust.  For super shiny surfaces, like my brass handles, light sand.  If there is any rust on your fireplace tool set, you’ll want to sand that off as well.  Then I rinsed all of the tools and stand with clean water and let everything dry overnight.  You want to make sure the surface is really clean and dry for a proper paint adhesion!  Then I brought the whole kit + caboodle outside, taped off the bristles on the brush with painter’s tape and used the Rustoleum high heat spray paint I used for the fireplace vents and doors (see the whole makeover of the fireplace here).  I applied a couple of coats on each side, waiting two hours before flipping them over and spraying the other side, did the trick.  This paint has a super quick dry time (1/2 hour, handle in 1-2 hours), which makes for a really quick DIY paint makeover.

Paint a fire poker set

Now the old fireplace tool set looks modern and refreshed!  The all black matte paint finish really updated the dated 1990s fireplace tool set and it just looks brand new.  You can even find replacement bristles, if you need them – luckily mine were still in good shape!  I’m happy I could update this set, using leftover paint so it was FREE.  The best kind of DIY. 

Matte black fireplace tools DIY

I like how the set disappears against the dark grey, newly painted stone because I will have art and accessories that I want to highlight instead.  The house is still empty and naked but it’s coming along and I’m so excited to show you better photos of the freshly painted fireplace once we can move and start decorating!  I am so excited to hang art on either side of the fireplace on those planked walls – I’m thinking something in a white frame so it “pops” a little.  And I’ll have to figure out some narrow mantle decor too.

Dark grey fireplace, warm wood floors
You must ignore the disarray

How to Paint Fireplace Tools | Give a Fire Poker Set a New Look with Paint

I partnered with Rustoleum to update the fireplace vents and doors and was so pleased with the quality of the paint (and the smart, matte black finish) that I tackled this as a bonus project with leftover paint.  I was not prompted or encouraged to provide a positive review of Rustoleum high heat enamel paint.



  1. henry Drake
    October 25, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    I love the charcoal black color! looks classy!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 25, 2013 / 5:14 pm

      Thanks! I think it makes the set look much more modern too. And it was free, so I can't beat that, lol.

  2. Lets just build a house!
    October 25, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    we have rustoleum high heat on a small portion of our fireplace and so far its holding up! i like how they blend into the fireplace too…as i know you will do a great job styling this beauty!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 25, 2013 / 5:14 pm

      That's great to know!! I hope ours vent, doors and pokers hold up too (although I have no reason to believe they won't). I'll be sure to write about it when we've tested them for a few months.

  3. Wanessa Moore
    October 25, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    I'm always scared to use dark colors, but this has inspired me. Do you think it would work with a lower ceiling?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 25, 2013 / 5:13 pm

      I have seen some gorgeous accent walls in a dark, rich colour with standard height ceilings. I think the key is having a lot of natural light, no matter the height of the ceilings. I always wanted to try something dark but always struggled with spaces with small windows so white was my trick to make rooms look brighter.

  4. Sherry
    October 25, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    I love that set that your grandpa made. would it be possible to put gliders on the bottom and slide it into the cubby? you would have to slide it out to grab a piece of wood but probably wouldn't be that much effort.congrats on your lake home. I love it and am really looking forward to seeing the changes you make.sherry

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      October 25, 2013 / 5:16 pm

      That's a great idea! I'd love to use the whole set he made, so I'll have to look in to some way to retro-fit it, although I'm not sure yet about whether it will fit (it's still in Ottawa). Thanks for the idea, I'll be sure to keep everyone posted if I can make it work!

  5. Dora
    October 25, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    That's such a nice set! Love how the fireplace turned out

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