I stopped in one of my favorite local hardware stores this afternoon to pick up a few goodies. While I was contemplating paint striping chemicals, I overheard a conversation in the neighboring aisle between a clerk and a customer regarding painted fireplaces.
They were discussing options for how to make an off-white painted fireplace look more like brick. As the clerk and customer lamented how “impossible” it is to strip highly-textured fireplace brick, I couldn’t resist walking around the corner to share my own successful fireplace stripping experience.
After some talk about the virtues and variations of Peel Away, I concluded the conversation by offering the link to this blog to let them see my results for themselves.
Talk about shameless self-promotion!
As I drove home, I felt a bit bad for pimping my blog to total strangers. But as I reflected some more, I realized that I was really motivated by how much I identified with the clerk and the woman she was helping.
A few months ago, I thought my fireplace simply couldn’t be stripped either, and I was afraid to attempt the project. But after reading some other houseblogs and seeing how others had–painstakingly, but successfully–restored their fireplaces, I gained enough knowledge and confidence to try it myself.
So I’m not just a self-pimping blogger; I’m a “paying-it-forward” home restorer (who also happens to be a self-pimping blogger).
If you are one of the lovely people I met today at Nicollet Ace, welcome to Bungalow ‘23 and good luck!