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Paying It Forward

by Josh on March 14, 2006 · 0 comments

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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 […]

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Quilt By Request

by Josh on January 4, 2006 · 4 comments

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A couple people commented on my Christmas post to ask about the quilted wall hanging in our living room. In response, I promised to put some close-up pictures of the quilt on the blog for Jeanne, Elsie, and you to see. The quilt was a gift from Ms. Bungalow to me for our second anniversary. […]

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With just a couple finishing details left to complete, I lit the first fire in the paint-free fireplace last Friday, December 8. Since then, I’ve wrapped up all the finishing. The brick is real and it’s spectacular! Here’s how I handled the last stripping and finishing details: Last Thursday night I removed the last of […]

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This Could Be The Day

by Josh on December 9, 2005 · 0 comments

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This could be the day I announce victory over the fireplace. Things are very close now. If I hadn’t run out of clean rags last night, I could herald the end of this project with certainty. Yesterday I returned from four days away on business to find the replacement fireplace screen waiting on the front […]

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At this point, I’m getting down to the little details in the fireplace paint stripping project. For me, this is the time when the temptation to cut corners is greatest because the project’s conclusion is so tantalizingly close and deadlines loom so large. So far I am holding firm to my commitment to get all […]

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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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