My Fireplace Makeover

Our corner floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the living room was in desperate need for a makeover. This is what I’m talking about:

I did this picture right after we moved: in mid-70’s style, the bricks were dirty, red colored and made the room look even darker than it was.

The easiest way to give it a quick makeover was to paint it. I went to Home Depot and talked to the guys there, to see what are my options. Their advice was to use brick paint and avoid the latex paint for walls.

Why? Latex paint used for walls doesn’t let the bricks “breath” so to speak, and the paint might peel off if you plan to use the fireplace during wintertime.

So, I went ahead and bought white Masonry, Stucco & Brick flat acrylic latex paint from Behr. It is self-priming, so…yoo-hoo…one less step for me to do :)!

Other materials I used:

-an old paint brush( don’t use a good one; it will get ruined by the end of the project)

-a little bit of grey, cream and beige paint to color the brick paint. These are the colors I chose, but it’s totally up to you to get different ones if you want.

-plastic sheets( to cover the parts you don’t want to get painted)

-a paint roller and a paint tray

-painter’s tape

-old cloth


3 Easy Steps for a Quick Fireplace Makeover

Step 1: Thoroughly clean the fireplace with a damp cloth. That should take care of all the dust and dirt. With a bucket of warm water and an old brush, clean all the grout and remove any loose mortar. Let it dry.
This step took most of my time, but I’ve learned( the hard way) that a good prep will save you lots of time and headaches!

Step 2:I mixed the brick paint with some of my black acrylic paint I use for my artwork, to make it a light grey. With the old brush I painted all the grout lines grey, and with the paint roller, I painted the bricks the same grey.
You can see the grey grout here:

This will be the “background”, the undercoat for the next 2 colors.

Step 2:With the sponge dabbed in cream paint, I painted the bricks here and there, in no particular order or pattern. I let it dry.

Step 3:For the last coat, with the sponge dabbed in beige paint, I did the same thing as in previous step, but chose different spots.

Why 3 colors? I wanted to avoid a “flat”, painted look and give texture and dimension to the fireplace.

And…ta-daa!! This is the result:

We also changed the colors of the walls from green to light cream, and replaced the old, stained carpet with vinyl hardfloors :). I painted the mantel white, to match the molding my husband installed. Yes, I know, I still have to get rid of the brass fireplace screen. It will happen soon!

Again, the BEFORE picture:

And the AFTER one:

Total cost of the project: $20 CAN( the price of the brick paint), as I had everything else already at hand.
I’m really happy with the end result and the “new look” of my fireplace!

The Benefits of Hiring a Carpet Cleaner

If you have a carpet in your home you may think it for certain that people will think that your home is beautifully decorated and it is totally clean. The moment that it looks grimy, the surroundings of your home looks dull and there is less urge to spend some moments in the cozy corner of your horn. Actually, it is a clean carpet that matters. Carpet cleaning  Rochester NY ensures you proper hygiene.  

If there is a big stain in the middle portion, it may make you surely feel embarrassed before your guests and it is a hoped that you must never want to be humiliated before them. So all you need first is to make your home tidy and make the carpets of your home equally clean too.  

There are many things in the dust hence your carpet may be the colony of organisms that you can not see with your naked eyes. Hence to clean does not mean to make your home dazzling there is some other purpose too. You must want to get rid of health hazards.

Clean carpets all the time promotes sound health. You may have spent a lot of dollars to buy your carpet. So if you notice that it is, untidy you are sure to be hurt and at the same time, you must want your investment should be protected. Hence all you should do regularly is to carry on regular maintenance of your home carpets.  

Now the ultimate question is how to clean it. In the past people used to clean it in a traditional manner. Now with the change of time, everything is different. In this generation, the methods of cleaning the carpets have changed too. You can make your stained carpet a dazzling one with the aid of some steam cleaning, carbonated water, shampoo and so on. The days of the stains have gone. Now you can never be embarrassed before the outsiders. Everything is at your own hand.  

When the question of cleaning service comes, there is the use of vacuum cleaner too. Actually, this is the instrument that is used by most of the carpet owners. Vacuum cleaners can take away the dirt and the dust. it can not remove the micro-organisms or remove the stains. So if you find no other means to clean your carpet other than the vacuum cleaner you can take the help of the professional carpet cleaners who can take proper care of the carpet. You can ask Carpet Cleaning Service Rochester NY to help you properly taking care of your carpet.

Actually, carpets should be regularly cleaned. It may seem from the outward view that it is not untidy but you must take care of regular cleaning to get your home free from untidiness and at the same time keep the ailments away far from your sweet home. The expert advice buying is easier but cleaning the same carpet after a certain time is not only a tough task but also a time-consuming process too. So either you find some time for cleaning or hire some professional in this field and get it done.

The second option is best suitable but very often cleaning companies charge absurd amount and it makes you worried when you think about any other company. The most important thing is that when you employ expert people in the business the result is always more than satisfactory.

Let’s take a look at some important aspects of carpet cleaning.

1. Professional Service

As stated earlier you can clean carpet with yourself. It is a tedious job and gets the better of you. It is also a fact that you fail to clean a carpet properly. Stains remain there even after you clean it. Thus your effort is in vain and hygiene can be an important concern for you.

Another important thing is that when you wet the carpet using some detergent or cleaner, you may fail to dry it properly by just using an ordinary vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaner sucks water but it is not a good drier. Thus wet carpet becomes untidy if it remains at the same stage for some time. It is not possible for you to buy special carpet cleaning machinery too. Therefore, hiring a company is the best suitable option for you.

2. The wide variety of machinery

Depending on the size of carpet machinery. It may be so that you are looking for a company to clean the carpet of your drawing room. It is normally a small sized carpet and a large truck driven machinery, external power supply are not required.

Here is the advantage of hiring a company:

  • They exactly know what the purpose is and how to get it done. Conversely, in some office or restaurant, huge carpets can be cleaned with equally sized machinery. So the main point is you do not need to think about the size or carpet. The company will arrange everything for you.

3. A long life of carpets

It is another reason why cleaning companies are better than you. When you clean a carpet you use different chemicals, maybe in different composition and ultimately the mixture may affect the material of a carpet. If it continues for a couple of times it is regardless to say that the longevity will be shortened. Another reason is that you pull loose threads rather than cutting it off with some scissors. This is not encouraged too.

4. Availability of services

A phone call and an expert at your doorstep, yes, it is true.  You make a call and fix an appointment and on time your carpet will be cleaned by these people. Finally, it can be said that carpet cleaning is done by professional people who have expertise in this field. Hire an expert and get your carpet clean and clear once again.