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Real Mountain Values started as a running joke between myself, Brianna Willis and my husband, Patrick. A certain politician ran a campaign that constantly discussed mountain values. To tell you the truth Patrick and I don't remember that much about the campaign other than every time we would see a sign or commercial we would discuss exactly what made up a mountain value... Shotgun weddings?

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I’m Actually Removing Paint From Brick

painted brick fireplace

I love the fact the former owner attempted to make faux stone. Or perhaps they were just painting random bricks dark grey.

You’re thinking of stripping paint off of brick?  Well don’t. Still got your heart set on this particular project?  Then, read on intrepid DIYer… Read on:

I decided our brick fireplace would look a lot better restored to the original plain brick finish.  Once I decided this I couldn’t be swayed by the thousands of DIYers saying only do this project if you are insane or can hire a professional.  I wasn’t even swayed when I realized there was 6, count them, not 1, not 2 but six layers of paint to remove. Why? I guess I fall under the insane, since we can’t hire a professional.

I’m still in the process of finishing, so currently I am only going to post this before picture.

Yes, that is a real cat, not a Halloween prop.  Also, that IS a box of baking soda.  I used it to remove soot on the inside of the fireplace to see the original color of the brick.  There was no way I was going to strip a ton of paint only to find out I had ugly tan bricks.

To see the first part of my tutorial which will cover products you can use to remove paint from brick.  You can see PART I here.

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