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How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

Brick is one of the least expensive and most durable building materials and its heat resistant properties make it one of the most popular for fireplaces. Even with all of its fine qualities, the aesthetic look of brick is not appealing to everyone, nor is it compatible with many decorating schemes. If your tastes run to cleaner, sleeker and more modern colors and textures, a brick fireplace will stick out like a sore thumb in your home. But, having your fireplace covered or painted by professionals is not within everyone`s budget. Fortunately, with careful preparation and attention to detail, you can paint over a brick fireplace yourself and get professional quality results at a fraction of the cost.


  1. Your first step is to gather your materials and tools. You will need a good degreasing cleanser to clean the fireplace before painting it. Trisodium phosphate, known as TSP, is a good bet, but you can also use liquid dish soap because it is formulated to cut grease and oils. Drop cloths are necessary to protect your floor and any nearby furniture and painter`s tape will help you create clean edges where the fireplace bricks meet the mantel and walls. A good oil-based primer and enough paint for two, or even three, full coats will ensure that you can cover the bricks completely. Make sure that your primer is formulated for use on brick and that your paint is compatible with it. Use deep-nap rollers to get the primer and paint into the rough surface of the bricks. A roller may cover the bricks completely, but have an edging brush on hand for any touch-ups you might need.

  2. Remove all decorative objects from the fireplace and give it a good dusting with a lint-free cloth like a shop cloth or old T-shirt.

  3. Tape off the ceiling, the walls next to the fireplace and any other surface you don`t want painted with painter`s tape. This is made to adhere well and peel off without leaving any residue. Lay down a drop cloth. A cloth one works best on a wood floor, because it is less slippery. If you are using a plastic drop cloth and will be standing on a ladder, tape down the edges to help minimize the risk of it slipping.

  4. Dilute a tablespoon or so of TSP or a few squirts of liquid dish soap in a gallon of warm water. Soak a lint-free cloth or clean sponge in the mixture and wring it out until it is barely damp. Clean the fireplace thoroughly and let it dry completely.

  5. Pour a bit of oil-based primer into a paint tray and wet a deep-napped roller in it. Roll off the excess primer. Start at the top of the bricks and apply a thin, even layer of the primer to the fireplace. Work in all directions rather than just up and down to ensure that the primer gets into all of the little nooks and crannies that make up the rough surface of bricks.

  6. Let the primer dry completely. Overnight is best, especially if you live in a damp climate or it is raining while you`re painting.

  7. Apply the first coat of paint in the same way you did the primer. Work in all directions, vertically, horizontally and diagonally. Do not paint the inside of the fireplace because most paints are not fire resistant. Let the paint dry completely and apply a second coat.

  8. Once the second coat is dry, either do a bit of touch-up with your bristled edging brush, or apply a third coat of paint. After your brick fireplace has been painted, the experts at Ironmongery Direct suggest that you take your new decor a step further with hanging rails to display artwork or keep precious objets d`art from toppling off the mantel.




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Nick, Peter clothed hleimsf when in the presence of the Lord in the passage you are citing. As I skim through your posts, I see the argument of how much is too much That argument goes from completely no skin showing to all skin showing. You also take the argument of medicine seeing nudity. There is a drawing line between personal conviction and sin. That drawing line for the purpose of this discussion is seeing women in their underwear.The church has fallen into so much sin that it is acceptable to go to nude churches. There will always be the how much is too much or in this case how much is too little clothes. We all work out our own salvation with fear and trembling and I fear for those that look at how close they can be to sin and still be right with God.Concerning the medicine issue: The motive behind medicine and nudity is the wellbeing of the patient. The HCP does not get nude to examine the nude patient, in fact the HCP is trained to maintain the modesty of the patient the best they can. Most would say it is uncomfortable for them to have an HCP seeing them in their underwear, but it has to be done for their well being.Those that are truly Christ's have convictions that come from Him. The demon possessed man who had the demons cast out clothed hleimsf It was sin for Noah's son to laugh at his fathers nakedness God clothed Adam and Eve They stripped Jesus to shame Him The question is how much clothes? All I can say Nick and Jamie is each of us will stand before a holy and righteous God who will judge us according to our works. If our works are done in and through Him then they will stand, if they are not they will be burned. If we rely on our works to be saved, we will not be saved, and if we do not have works, but say we are save, His life is not living in us and we are not saved. Grace is the empowerment to live holy and acceptable lives, which is our reasonable service unto Him.Nick, you mentioned the Pharissee in a prior post. The Pharisee looks for ways to justify his sin, yet look holy. Your comments have seemed to try and find ways to justify the sin of causing a brother to stumble (concerning dress) and now has Jamie saying thought provoking. It is thought provoking to see how African tribes change their dress and worship when coming to faith in Jesus the Messiah it is thought provoking to see how porn-stars change their dress when coming to faith in Jesus it is though provoking to see how Jesus changes us from the inside out, not a white washed tomb, unclean on the inside with only an appearance of clean on the out , but clean on the inside making the outside clean (in appearance). [url=]brffqbsbe[/url] [link=]gnhdykie[/link]
11/13/2015 1:33:05 AM

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I have given this particular subecjt a great deal of thought and reflection over the years, based on the circumstance I mentioned above. I'm sure the parents of LJ meant no harm and believed they were dressing their daughter modestly, and her age an important component. Yet her outfit had the net result of becoming immodest under the circumstance. If we consider a continuum from bikini to burkini, hers tended toward the latter end of the that spectrum. I can't argue with the results of the Princeton study, but I remain skeptical at the size and makeup of the sample group and the lack of more extensive data. The link above to the study is broken, so I am basing my opinion on what I was able to learn from other news sources. Additionally, I have been privileged to have seen many parts of the world, and have seen varying concepts of modesty. (Not as a matter of wealth but for other reasons)The point I am arguing is that modesty has to be relative to the particular cultural circumstance. You are stating that the bikini is by definition, immodest, that it can under no circumstance be modest, similarly for the Finnish sauna, though I'd imagine the Finns would vehemently disagree. Effectively you are arguing that for a woman, anything more than exposed leg, exposed arm, and exposed hair are by definition, immodest. Yet a significant part of the world would disagree, and demand that legs, arms, and hair be covered. Furthermore, how much exposed arm, leg, belly? If it were that simple the Scriptures would contain a calculator for entering height and weight and determining an area measurement of proper covering. They do not. St. Paul gave guidance on what not to wear, in the context of the times, and for a very good reason IMO related to piety. The gold and braids in similar context the Rolex and the Porsche, or heavy makeup. However, that also does not make any of them inherently sinful. Both the Rolex and Porsche are very well built machines, if not flaunting or envying economic status, there is no harm in recognizing and appreciating that craftsmanship. Heavy makeup for both sexes is obviously necessary and therefore appropriate if performing under lights. Provocative need not necessarily be revealing. If that were the case, prostitutes would wear less. That is often not the case. The choice of wear is not necessarily revealing, but conveying nonetheless a very specific message. I would also disagree that Scriptures state that seeing someone naked is *inherently* a bad thing. If limited to opposite sexes, a male e.g. could never assist in child birth, nor either sex with imaging, physical therapy, massage therapy, etc., a member of the opposite sex. Here again, it depends on the context. You state an absolute, where is the exception for medicine? What qualifies as medicine? A physician in Europe might order spa treatment. As another example, it is acceptable in N. America and Europe for members of the same sex to change and shower together. Contrast to the middle East again, and a locker room where even changing into workout clothes was done in private.St Peter was naked while fishing. (There are varying interpretations on what that exactly meant in terms of dress: naked or in some sort of underwear ) but whatever the garment it was appropriate for fishing. For him, though, I would surmise he felt, it was not appropriate to greet his Master. Similarly if I were working in the yard on a hot day and removed my shirt, my society would deem that OK, but would require I put that shirt back on to greet an unexpected guest. For Adam and Eve, they were alone as husband and wife when thrown out of Paradise. There was no one else to see them naked, so by itself, their nakedness could not have been inherently wrong. I think there are many many lessons to take from that, but one, that humans would have to hunt for food, and need shelter from the harshness of the world. That I think is emphasized by Him clothing them in animal skins, which required a killing, when something other than animal skin would have likely done just as well. They were entering a world with violence and hardship. Violence with a purpose (hunting by man and animal) but violence nonetheless. Again, there is much much more to be learned from even those two snippets, but enough for purposes of this discussion.Now, maybe I am idealistic or unrealistic, and that in N. American society, cultural norms would view the bikini as immodest, and that the majority of beach goers are therefore either immodest or witting/unwitting voyeurs of immodesty. Similarly, nudity is not acceptable in a coed sauna in N. America, nor even in many single sex saunas. In that case the question should not be should Christian women wear bikinis but should either sex visit a N. American or European beach. I would disagree with that conclusion but on those terms I would accept that a bikini is immodest in N. America, just as I would contend that board shorts and a t-shirt are immodest in Saudi Arabia, even for Christian women, not because of an absolute, but because of a moral standard guided by the culture. To say Saudi Arabia is not a Christian society misses the point. Under the local circumstance, swimwear for either sex that is acceptable in N. America becomes immodest.Kelsey's comments above are also particularly pertinent. An objectively modest' swimsuit, might be immodest' for a particular body type. IMO each person should reflect upon what motivates a choice of dress, with consideration to the setting.
11/10/2015 11:11:45 PM

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