(c) David Corby, 2006
Well, not that kind of brass. This kind:
Brass is great for some applications, but along with the wooden handles, was really dating our fireplace...sometimes it's just time to move on, so we broke with the shiny brass and updated it with a little paint.
After taping off the glass and tile, I used a sponge brush to apply high heat paint. Make sure to have proper ventilation and wear a mask, because this stuff gives off some pretty strong fumes.