Black. The concrete mantle on the fireplace is now black. It might have been a foolish decision, but it has been made. The paint is high heat enamel, meant to withstand high temperatures and usually used on stovepipes. The mantle never gets beyond warm to the touch, so it will more than do the job, but we are mindful of the distance to combustibles issue.
The paint was applied, by me, this afternoon. Still, well into the evening, the paint fumes are lingering. Tomorrow afternoon I will apply a second coat of paint.
I like the look of the black concrete, it nicely balances the two black chimney pipes.
Now, we have only to find a colorant that matches the bricks, to add to the parging that will be applied to the back wall of the fireplace. And of course, we still must install access to the ash dump before curing the masonry fireplace for the winter heating season.
Another painting project I took on this week was to paint our light blue metal washtub. It usually sits in front of the fireplace and is used to store firewood. We purchased it several years ago and always intended to change the colour, as the light blue is jarring in the context of our living room. I used flat black enamel paint and was quite surprised at how easy it was to get really good results. It looks great, and now that the mantle is black as well, there are no longer any jarring visual elements.
Garbage collection occurs here during the middle of the week. This week, an unidentified seasonal resident took advantage of our year round residential status. Sometime in the morning, before the blue box pickup took place, one of our “neighbours” added a substantial quantity of bagged recyclables to our blue box. I did not see who it was. Attila surmises that is it someone who returned home on garbage collection day and did not want to leave a blue box at the end of his or her driveway, because they would not be returning to stow it away. We were concerned that the district would reject the surplus, leaving us responsible for the disposal of someone else’s waste. However, the truck came, gathered it all up without hesitation and carried on its merry way.
The day passed quickly and pleasantly.
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The Black Washtub
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