My work stripping the paint from the fireplace continues at a steady snail’s pace. I figure that it’s taking me nearly an hour per brick to go from completely painted to satisfactorily paint-free. I’ve done about 48 bricks so far out of 112 total. Closing in on the halfway mark feels awfully good. I’ll have the final 8 bricks on the left half cleaned up by the end of the night, meaning it’ll soon be time to put the Peel Away on the right half!
In the midst of a tedious project like this, it’s helpful to create some incentives to get the work done. A big incentive for the fireplace project arrived today in the delivery of firewood to fill the new log rack I built for the front porch a couple weeks ago. Just thinking about relaxing on the sofa with a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire in the beautifully unpainted fireplace is enough to keep me going as I brush, scrape, wipe and pick the paint bits out of the brick.
I also saw a nice looking fireplace screen at an antique store today. The price was alright, so I may wait until payday then go back to see if it is still waiting for me. Some proper fireplace accessories would be another good incentive for this project.