Something Different – Painted Fireplace Update or “Long Time No Post”

So as you can see by the title and the header, this site has been about guitars & gaming. However, it’s bee quite a long time since I’ve updated the blog.

Today I’m going to post some info about a project I recently completed. My wife and I have never really liked the way the brick fireplace in our house looked. It (was) a typical red brick fireplace.


While there was nothing really wrong with the fireplace, ever since we bought the house 2 years ago, I’ve wanted to update the look of the fireplace. I spent quite a bit of time looking at various options from whitewashing, to lime washing, to painting and glazing. I finally settled on a project I found on the Lowe’s website. It involved first painting over the brick with a lighter color, then applying a darker color with a sponge. I used flat paint for both colors. I’ve always wanted to make the fireplace look more like stone. I was kind of nervous about getting started, but once I completed the project, I regret that I didn’t do it sooner. It turned out better than I had hoped it would.

First of all, I started by washing the brick with Trisodium Phosphate. Once it dried, I also vacuumed the exterior of the fireplace to make sure there weren’t any loose pieces of brick that would get stuck to the roller while painting. Then I applied the base layer, which is called Desert Fortress.


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So, This Is a Real Thing

Ok, admittedly this is not related to either guitars or gaming. Maybe I’ll rename the site to “(Mostly) Guitars & Gaming.”

We were out shopping at the mall today and my wife wanted to stop by Elder Beerman to look at jewelry. I was standing around doing my best to keep from looking bored when I saw this:


This, my friends, is a woman’s choker. As in one of those necklaces that are made to fit closely around the neck. And it’s a fox made of sparkly jewels.

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Welcome to Guitars & Gaming

Two of my favorite things are music and gaming.

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite music, including both covers and original compositions, as well as information about guitar playing in general. On the gaming side of things, I post reviews and information about tabletop games, including everything from Dungeons & Dragons to Clue.

If you’re interested in guitar articles, click the Guitar category link on the site menu. If you’re interested in tabletop gaming articles, click the Gaming category link. If you’re interested in both, the home page is where you’ll find a mix of both categories.