Some Like It Hot

October 3rd, 2009

I’ve received several emails lately inquiring about painting the brass exterior surround of a fireplace.  My response has always been to try a brand of high temperature specialty paint.   I’ve passed this product several times in the paint aisle at Home Depot and Lowes.  Over the summer, I even considered repainting the outside of our old BBQ.  But I have never actually gotten around to trying it out until today.  This morning, I bought a quart of Rustoleum’s High Heat black paint at Lowes for $13 dollars.  This afternoon, I was able to give my two fireplaces a fresher look for very little cost, and without replacing any parts. 

First, I tackled the living room fireplace.  I’ve always loved the existing cream marble tile surround and the white mantle, but the brass trim and wood handles?   No thanks.  It looked very dated in my opinion. I really wanted it to be less brassy.  But replacing the doors was cost prohibitive.  So I tried this specialty paint today, and in about twenty minutes, the fireplace was transformed into something I believe looks much more fresh and modern. 

So long brass trim. 

before and after living room

Here’s another glance from afar.

b and a fireplace

Here’s what I did.

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Calling All Porch Decorators

October 3rd, 2009

No doubt, many of you are sprucing up your porches or balconies with festive gourds, pumpkins and wreaths.  My friends over at Front Porches Ideas and More have just featured a few of my front porch ideas on their website.  You can check out this feature on my fall leaves wind catcher, and also this feature on my glazed porch pumpkins

FPIM header

But here’s the much more important message.

Front Porch Ideas and More is sponsoring an Autumn Porch Decorating Contest where the first place winner will be given a $50 dollar gift card to Plow & Hearth.  They’ll also feature the winner for an entire week on their site. 

All you need to do is upload a photo and provide a description of your porch, your porch steps, your outdoor floral arrangement, or even just your decorated front door.  You can submit up to three entries.  The contest runs September 21st through November 1st of this year.  Go here for guidelines and for the entry form. 

Now’s the time to get that fall decor outside and take a quick pic.  Happy decorating!