02:16PM | 04/28/99
My wife and I are buying an existing home that is a definate fixer and includes a large fireplace made from river rock that has been painted white. We would like to restore the natural stone finish, but are very sensitive to cost (we have more pressing repairs) and to how much mess this will cause in our living room. On closing, we will be repainting, cleaning and replacing all flooring - so we have a small window where mess is less of a concern.


10:09PM | 04/30/99
I think I would go with sand-blasting. I know it sounds a bit extreme. Most tool rental stores have the equipment and will tell you how to use it. Some will even have a pamphlet they hand out with certain tools. The cost shouldn't be too bad compared with a few gallons of chemical stripper. You could do it before you move any furniture into the house or replace the floors. Chemical strippers would probably work for the stones but won't do as well on the mortar joints. Sand-blasting will be more thorough and take much less time.

Why on earth would anyone paint a stone fireplace?


10:12PM | 04/30/99
You might try the chemical method first just to see what happens.


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