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Another Fan of Peel Away

by Josh on March 15, 2009 · 2 comments

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Jenni at Thirteen Eleven just named Peel Away paint stripper as her new BFF.  I know where she’s coming from.  I also had a fantastic experience using Peel Away to remove paint from my brick fireplace. There are several formulations of Peel Away for different applications.  If you decide to give it a try–which I […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

in Fireplace,Living Room,Projects

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. […]