Fireplace Summer Cover

For some reason, the previous owners replaced the original fireplace summer cover with a modern brass fireplace surround. Luckily, the original cover was still in the cellar, albeit covered in a million layers of paint.

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Mid-Strip

For the Why Did They Paint Over This? file: I decided to take a break from stripping the bedroom walls and strip the front parlor fireplace cover. This poor thing  has been relegated to the basement since before we bought the house, as the previous owner replaced it with one of those awful Home Depot […]

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Fireplace tile clean-up

The fireplace in the garden apartment looks like this: It seems OK, until you take a closer look: Varnish is splashed all over the tile. On the floor, the tile just looks sad. Sure, this tile is over 100 years old but it still has some life in it. Enter my favorite tool in the […]

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