Oct 1, 2013

Fireplace Fixup Stage II - Pale Shale

You'll save paint and get a better finish by starting with a bushy rough surface roller when slapping primer on brick.  Then switch to a semi-smooth medium nap roller for the first coat of paint.  Finish with a second skin of paint using a smooth surface roller.  I also hit the mortar joints with a brush so naked parts won't peek through.

Progress since v1.5:

  • Primed and painted the brick
  • Concealed power cord (chisled out a line of mortar and caulked in power)
  • Located wall studs and devised a plan for bolting TV bracket in front of wretched vents
  • They are reproducing, more vents found on the lower sides of fireplace; painted them flat black to match surround
  • Ordered a $25 TV mount on Amazon, this
  • Cat whiz stench be gone
  • Picked up trim and quarter round, getting busy with the miter saw
  • Swapped incandescent spotlights with Cree LEDs (130 watts down to 18 watts)

Start:



The color card say nimbus cloud, we'll call it pale shale with a blue aftertaste.








LED bulb on left lamp, incandescent on right

On deck:  hang TV, refinish wood floor corners, trim out walls beneath bookcases and create a reading nook for my daughter.  Probably on the opposing side of cat piss corner.

-Beard


21 comments:

  1. I love everything about this, looks GREAT!

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    1. Thanks, your check for $19.95 is in the mail.

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  2. Shannon10/01/2013

    looks awesome. You are really getting after it if this is done in real time. Good work!

    also, Pigtails' skinny little arms waving in joy are pretty adorable. :D

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    1. Updates are real time, day was busy and went like this: work full day, run, help Pigtails with homework and trumpet (sounds like a dying moose), painted for couple hours, made chicken wings for dinner, logged back in and working few hours tonight. Coffee.

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    2. I tell Pigtails she has Muppet arms, skinny like Kermit. She gets her muscular build from her dad.

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    3. Elizabeth10/02/2013

      Pigtails took up trumpet? So did my sixth grader. He too sounds like a dying moose, though down here in Texas, I should say longhorn.

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  3. This looks great. I've enjoyed following your blog since the beginning of the summer. Can you tell me a little about the Cree bulbs?

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    1. Cree is a brand of low power LED bulbs that screw in like a normal light and can reduce energy use by 5x. I've bought a few for around the house, rated for 25 years and will pay for themselves in electric savings. They are expensive up front but save $ in the long run. Head over to Home Depot and pick one up!

      http://www.cree.com/Lighting/Products/Indoor/Consumer/60W-Replacement-TW-Series-Soft-White-LED-Bulb

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  4. Looking fantastic! Curious, what did you use for the CPC? And when did Pigtails get so big!

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    1. Sandpaper, diluted vinegar and a prayer.

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  5. Looking pretty good! I like the color you chose for the brick. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  6. I love the creative use of Christmas paper!!!! it is christmas paper or do I need my eyes testing?!!
    Looking awesome!

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    1. That wrapping paper is not fit for man or beast, came in a 3 pack for a buck from Dollar General. Like toilet paper with Christmas bells on it, glad to have finally found a good use for it.

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  7. I'm sort of loving these progress reports.

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    1. Good, thanks for that, glad people read this thing.

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  8. Looking good! Again.. I'm really enjoying the step by step reports too. I've been commenting but they don't all appear on your posts. Having trouble on others too. Funky technology stuff, I'll just keep trying to leave my 2 cents for what it's worth. Carry on, good job!

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    1. Reboot your device.

      Seeking advice on how to fill bookcase. We do mostly eBooks, so don't plan on filling it up with hardbacks. Advice, go.

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  9. Thanks for the reboot advice, fail safe option, always!
    Ok, I'm not great at styling a bookcase, (because I like to cram everything in there), even though I do believe less is more. Try Google Images, on "style a bookcase", lots of visual ideas. Generally, I think it should reflect the people that live there & be full of things that you want to look at. Reminders of travels, things collected, ultimate favourite books, pictures in frames you love. Maybe a seasonal ornament that gets changed out or something created by Pigtails that gets updated every now and then. Importantly, try to keep it simple and uncluttered, also helps with the cleaning. (Do as I say, not as I do) Try this post for inspiration: http://bliss-athome.com/2013/06/14/7-tips-on-how-to-style-a-bookcase/

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    1. Okay, so far we have two photos, a plant and some random board games in the bookcases. Will that work? I'll do a post and show you.

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    2. You gotta start somewhere, right...!? Keep the plant alive and you're ahead of the game..

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  10. I'm having the same issue with styling my 2 built-in bookcases. I don't want to just fill them up. I want each piece to be meaningful.

    This might help a bit:

    http://www.pinterest.com/TerriLDesign/styling-bookshelves-bookcases-not-so-easy/

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