However, we could definitely do without the "lovely" brass accents on the fireplace insert. It makes the fireplace look old and outdated, even despite the other efforts (white painted brick and molded mantel) to bring this piece up-to-date.
Our solution: give the metal fireplace insert a $5 face lift by spray painting the entire piece a solid black with Rust-Oleum High-Heat from the local hardware store.
Step 1: dust and clean the insert
Step 2: tape off the glass window panels with easy to remove tape
Step 3: spray on the first coat of paint and let dry for a few minutes
Step 4: spray on a couple more coats of paint and then let dry completely for a couple hours before handling
5th & final step: re-install insert in fireplace and enjoy!
A HUGE upgrade from what it looked like before