Monday, October 7, 2013

Towards a working fireplace

Here's a project that can be completed over a lunch break. And a tea break. And okay, an after work beer break, too.

We bought an old fireplace screen on Craigslist. Yesterday we attacked it with a wire brush and then bathed it in rust-stripping solution overnight. Today I wiped away the surface dust, cleaned stubborn gunk from the mesh with a toothbrush, gave it one more anti-rust bath, rinsed the whole thing with clean water, air dried it in the miraculously not-raining-yet yard, and finally sprayed with black high-heat paint.

I needed a new toothbrush, anyway.

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