Bricks and Soot

I have been chiseling away at the hidden chimney this week in between the big jobs. As if it wasn’t a big job, HA! A few back pictures to get you in the mood.

Here is a picture of the fireplace the very first day we saw it. It’s hidden behind that wooden entertainment center if you missed it.

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Here is a picture of the original front with just a few hammer holes included. Notice the beautiful artificial brick front and the absence of a stately mantle.

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With the lovely entertainment cabinet moved, there was a need to find out what is behind the wall. Who has seen the rehab addict show when she yells “I just want BRICK?” ¬†That is completely what I yelled when I started whacking on the wall. Peek-a-booooooo I see you brick!

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chisel chisel chisel. little by little it’s showing it’s beautifulness.

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On the mantle side, originally it had been made into a gas firebox. I’m not sure what exactly they did to it but there is a coating of something around the perimeter of the box and on the inside. Chisel chisel some more.

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It’s almost all gone but what do I see but a piece of metal on the top of the firebox that is loose. Hammer and crowbar in hand I pull and pry and pull some more. I pull just enough…………………..the chimney dumps into my lap. I found the soot

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and the soot found me.

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it was a good day.

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