Sometimes the smallest change can make a big impact.  My Town Mouse Fireplace has bothered me since 1997, when we bought the house.  There was a brass-plated strip on it that stuck out like a sore thumb:

CIMG2471Here it is up close:


Not very pretty…also, the bricks and mortar was looking pretty dingy, so I remembered Sabrina Soto, from HGTV, used spray-foam bathroom cleaner to clean bricks on a fireplace, so….


And let’s not forget the stone hearth:


These steps alone vastly improved the look of the fireplace.


It was then my intention to brush the paint on the brass-plate, which I first washed off with a bit of Dawn and some water.  It did not go as smoothly as I had planned.  I used “High Heat Rustoleum” in Black:


Fortunately, I had some in the spray form:


(I have previously used this paint on the wood-burning stoves at Country Mouse House)

I had to get creative with painter’s tape and trash bags.  Then I roughed the surface a tiny bit with sandpaper and then steel wool.  Here are the results, one coat at a time(I didn’t take photos after every coat.  There were a total of about 8 thin coats):





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I love it!  I hope you do, too.  It didn’t take all that long, leaving me time in the day to paint something else….



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