There is nothing like a warm-glowing fireplace to warm your bones in the chill of winter. Our wood heater fills our home with such a wonderful ambiance during the winter months, it really feels like the heart of our home. Now, a fire-place is not the cleanest nor the neatest part of the house, but you soon forget about this, when you are curled up beside it on a cold winter's night.
We got this great tip many years ago from a wonderful Canadian friend of ours... She came to visit one wild and wooly winter night and showed us how to give our wood-heater fireplace a face lift! I guess growing up in Canada, every household has a fireplace and hence the know-how that we were obviously lacking. We have been so thankful for her sharing this tip with us, so I thought I would share the secret with you, so that your fireplace can look like this too:
Ok, this is the 'before' photo - yuk! Ash, soot and dirt all built up on the glass of the wood heater is something that just happens.
Step 1 - Make a ball of newspaper, and spray it with water.
Step 2 - Dip the newspaper in ash from inside the fireplace (yes - the ash!)
Step 3 - Rub the 'ashed' newspaper over the glass, just as if cleaning a window.
Step 4 - Spray the glass with water and use a new ball of newspaper to wipe it clean.
It really works!
Magic! Easy! And now we can enjoy our fireplace and the beautiful 'view' :)
(PS - The photos are 'action' shots as Mick was not willing to pose for the blog!)