The 1st pic is a full frontal ;) while the 2nd is a close up shot of some of the weird reddish color we have coming through the black paint.
The next steps were pretty simple: 1) Cover up the discoloration. 2) Find a grate for logs. 3) Find something to put in the grate.
I went with Rust-Oleum's Black High Heat Enamel Spray just because the furnace runs along one side of the fireplace. One good coat and the fireplace was back in black. This was about $5.50 and will come in handy on other items like the outdoor grill. Next the grate.
Above was the tag for our grate. This fell into our hands on a trip to Target a few weeks ago when we spotted their Fireplace Grates for $10.48 (30% off). Done and done! Now for the filler.
Real Birch Logs! We had been looking all around. Michael's had some skinnier ones but at $15/stick it would've cost a fortune to fill this grate. We looked online and were thinking about eating the heavy shipping costs to get a batch for about $45. However, thankfully we took a trip a favorite local home store Sobo Style and found these amazing medium sized logs at $7.50/5' log. We took four home ($30) and got to cutting and like that we have 12 birch logs and a somewhat finished fireplace!
We already owned the red vase, basket and plant so after it was all said and done this project ran us about $46.
Vase: Target Red Bamboo Vase
Plant & planter: Ikea