How To Paint Fireplace Doors: 6 Steps With Pics

Painting your fireplace doors is a great way to update and freshen up your fireplace and breathe new life into an old fireplace.

(Check  out how to update a 1970s stone fireplace!)

There are a lot of different options for painting fireplace doors.

You can paint them the same color as the rest of your fireplace, add a frame or molding to make the doors stand out, or go for a different look and paint your doors in an ornate design.

Remember, we’ve got guides on painting stone fireplaces, painting fireplace tiles, decorating unused fireplaces, tiling fireplaces and even making your own faux fireplaces!

How To Give Your Fireplace Doors A Fresh Paint Job

Tool/Materials Required

Tool/Materials Required

  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Duct tape
  • Newspaper and masking tape to protect surrounding areas
  • A small paintbrush, roller, and paint tray for each color you are using.

Steps To Follow

Step 1:

Cover your working area with the plastic dropcloth. If you are painting the doors themselves, lay them on top of the dropcloth. If you are painting just the glass portion of your fireplace doors, tape down thick layers of newspaper to cover that section. (Remember to clean your fireplace doors!)

Step 2:

Start by taping off any areas you do not want to be painted, such as the surrounding wall. You should also tape off any areas of your door that you do not want the paint to get on, such as the hinges and locks.

Step 3:

plastic dropcloth

Next, take your dropcloth and attach it to the surrounding walls with duct tape. This will help keep any drips from landing on surfaces other than where you want them to.

Step 4:

Pour the paint into your paint tray(s). Depending on how many colors you are using, you may need multiple trays. Apply the first coat of paint to the doors with either a small paintbrush or roller. Allow about 15 minutes for dry time before applying the second coat. If you are switching to a different color, you will need to apply a second coat of the first color before painting with your next shade.

Step 5:

Once you have finished applying all colors and letting them dry for at least 15 minutes, remove your masking tape and newspaper barriers. Allow about an hour for the paint to fully dry once removed from the dropcloth.

Step 6:

Once your paint has dried, remove the duct tape from around your door. If you are adding molding or decorative trim to your doors, apply it now before replacing the doors in your fireplace. Enjoy your new look!


1. What is the best way to paint fireplace doors?

There are many different ways that you can paint your fireplace doors. You could either choose to color match the door to the rest of your fireplace, add molding or a frame around them, or go for an ornate design. Just pick what style suits your tastes and needs!

2. What kind of paint is best for fireplace doors?

You should use high-quality, semi-gloss latex paint when painting your fireplace doors. This type of paint will last longer and give you a nice finished look once it has dried.

3. How do I keep the paint from getting on other surfaces?

To prevent paint from getting on other surfaces, make sure you cover your working area with a plastic drop cloth and mask off the surrounding areas with newspaper and masking tape. This will also help catch any drips that might occur when painting.

4. How long should I wait before removing my protective barriers?

You should give the paint at least 15 minutes to dry before removing your protective barriers. This will give the paint a good base to adhere to and will prevent you from accidentally scraping it off when moving your drop cloths.

5. What can I do if my first coat of paint does not cover everything?

If your first coat of paint does not completely cover your doors, or a certain area isn’t getting covered, you can apply a second coat to that area. Just allow the first coat to dry for 15 minutes before adding another one.

6. Is it necessary to prime the surface before painting?

No, priming is not necessary when painting your fireplace doors. Priming coats will help make the finished paint job look better and last longer; however, it can increase drying time and leave you with a mess if it’s not done properly. If you are worried about getting good coverage on your fireplace doors, you can use a primer on them. If not, don’t bother.

In Summary

I chose to add a decorative fireplace door to my hearth because I love the way it looks and feels.

I wanted to add a fireplace door for a while, but not just any fireplace door. I wanted one that would be functional and beautiful. After looking at many different doors, I found this one and knew it was the right one for me

I painted it black because I loved the color contrast!

I wanted to add a decorative fireplace door to my hearth because I felt that it would be a good way to create a focal point and bring more light into the room.

I like the idea of adding a fireplace door because it will make my fireplace more of an interactive part of the room. I also like the idea because it will make for an interesting conversation piece.

Now you know how to paint fireplace doors.

Always make sure that you are painting in a well-ventilated area and wear proper protective gear, such as gloves and goggles when working with the fumes created by the paint. Do not forget to clean your brushes out with soap and water after finishing up or they will harden over time!

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Hi, my name’s Eugene Duke and I love sitting by my fireplace reading a book and sipping on an adult beverage. Do you have a fireplace in your house? I’ll help you figure out the best type and style of fireplace for your home.


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