Fireplace

Last night I passed a major milestone in the fireplace paint stripping project. I cleaned face of the last brick in my 112 brick hearth. It is looking really good, but I can’t rest yet. I still need to strip the inside edge of the hearth opening. I applied the Peel Away paint stripper to […]

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Dads Attic, My Fireplace

by Josh on December 1, 2005 · 2 comments

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Although the blog has been a little quiet following Thanksgiving, activity at the house continues full speed. In fact, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve even shared some of my home improvement labor with family. On “Black Friday,” bloated with too much pie and stuffing from the previous day’s feasting, I helped my Dad blow […]

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I continue to make progress stripping paint from the brick fireplace. In past posts, I have written about the general process I am following, which you can read about here, here, and here. Today I want to narrow the focus a bit to show what I am doing on a brick-by-brick basis. I am working […]

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Chimney: Exit Only

by Josh on November 9, 2005 · 0 comments

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Santa Claus isn’t the only one sliding down the chimney at our house. In the last year a squirrel and a pigeon have tried to join us inside by coming down the chimney. That might work for Santa, but for these poor critters the closed damper became their pearly gate. Their unfortunate end made an […]

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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 […]

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It took me until 8:00 p.m. Saturday night to get started, but I followed through on my plan to begin stripping the paint off the fireplace. To get the area prepped, I masked off the bookcases on either side of the fireplace with plastic sheeting and removed the mantle trim. Under that trim was some […]

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Fireplace Preparations

by Josh on October 11, 2005 · 2 comments

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There hasn’t been much actual home improvement progress around here lately, but I’m gearing up to start my first refinishing project. And what a first it will be! I’m going to strip the paint off our brick fireplace, which has been painted an unknown number of times and is currently painted to look like bricks. […]

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