What’s behind here then?

This painted bricked up fireplace is not a pretty sight for the kids room.

This painted bricked up fireplace is not a pretty sight for the kids room.

This fireplace was a bit of a sight for sore eyes with it’s ugly black emulsion paint and, yes, that’s yellow gloss!! So after consulting with the Conservation officer because that is actually Bath Stone, we got permission to remove the bricks and paintwork with care not to damage the original.

So, I put my strong arms on while Owen plumbed in the temporary kitchen and got an inside loo to work. And brick by brick I took it out and found a lovely deep fireplace in thick soot that was hundreds of years old…

The bricks are out.

The bricks are out.

The next job was to remove the ugly paint job, which actually was much easier than we anticipated. With a little bit of heat it peeled off and now we have a lovely fireplace! Job done!

The fireplace is much happier now!

The fireplace is much happier now!

You can also see the 3rd coat of limewash is also on – only 2 more to go!

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7 thoughts on “What’s behind here then?

  1. It’s great when a lovely old fireplace appears when you remove an ugly one. The same thing happened to us at the Farmhouse. Grotty modern tiled monstrosity gave way to a beautiful inglenook a couple of hundred years old! Well done!

  2. so exciting! I remember my mother waiting for everybody to go to bed before she did the same thing and found the original sixteenth century brick one. Congratulations on your discovery! I bet the old place is smiling!

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