The new look (well, except for the fireplace logs and screen! I like it!! I will probably post one more pic of everything back in its place. I am going to paint the inside of the fireplace yet. I got two walls finished with trimming and rolling and am going to keep going! Rachel is preparing the walls by wiping them down and taping. I'm spackling, sanding, trimming, and rolling. Teamwork rules!!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
This is going so much faster than the primer! In the latest progress shot (the second one), I have everything under the mantle painted. That does not include the hearth. That's a sitting down job, and I won't easily recover from it. My ancient hip bones can't take the sitting down for long. I'll just paint as fast as I can.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
This project has been a humdinger. Moving along v-e-r-y slowly, but it is getting done. Decided this morning to paint the inside of the fireplace with heat-resistant paint while I have the logs out and all. Will also clean the gas-log fire tube. It has a lot of sand around it, so I'll clean it gently and vacuum it. Hopefully if we use it ONCE this winter, it will fire better.
I am doing laundry today, watching two children, and have to leave in 90 minutes for Good News Club, so my time is limited on this project. But so far, so good.
I've surprisingly had a lot of questions about doing this from readers that have lurked heretofore. How funny!
There was much to read online about "how" to paint a fire place or interior brick. I was wondering how it would go for me because I chose the least aggressive approach.
Here's what I emailed a reader this AM: I have changed my perspective on things. I used to be go, go, go until it’s finished (which I paid for later with aching muscles and joints, etc.). Last night I probably kept it up longer than I should have, but I wanted to work until a certain time. I still left time enough for clean-up of brush, etc. This is a very long-term project. The color I’ll be painting the fireplace and rest of the room is a new one for the room. It is also the color of our foyer, hallway, area going down steps, and part of the kitchen. But I realized last night that I don’t need to keep going until all of that is finished. I can just do the fireplace and living room. There are no continuous walls between there and any other part of the house. Then I can tackle the other rooms one section at a time. I hope I can keep to that mindset. This is a huge job, and no one else is going to be helping, unless I can rope my daughter, Rachel, into wielding a brush soon. We’ll see.
On the positive side, I was unsure if what I was doing was going to work. I had read so many different approaches to doing this. I just scrubbed the bricks with a dry scrub brush, paying special attention to the top “ledge” of each brick. I brushed off a ton of sandy debris (probably brick and mortar crumbles from over 40 years). I am using the cheapest primer I could find, and it seems to be covering and sticking extremely well. In fact, I don’t think I’m going to need to use another coat of primer, and one coat of paint should be fine!
Well, it's back to the paintbrush for me! Going to get in another good hour of work at least. TTFN!
Monday, October 14, 2013
Well, it seems like I left out a bit of crucial information. I am painting the bricks surrounding the fireplace and mantle to match the walls. They will be the same color as my sewing room is now, a soft greenish gray. I still have the edge of the bricks on the right to do all the way up and about half of the bricks facing the room on the hearth. Then there's the 5/6ths of the top part.
I think I'll get done priming tomorrow. The primer has covered well, and I'm hoping to just put a coat or two or paint on top of this. I think painting it to match the wall will make the room less dark as well as making the fireplace not stick out so much. Never dreamed it would be so tedious.
Sadly the monogram did not make the cut. I have seen many a wreath with a monogram and liked them very, very much. So I am saving mine for a later project. I'm sure there will be one.
Raffia saves my bacon again!
At least if you come to visit, you'll know which door to knock on. The end.
This is slightly better than wreath #1. Still not liking the monogram. I have ONE more idea (well, actually, two, but I don't think I'd have any readers if I continue to drag you along in my step-by-step wreath rehab program).