Help! Can I Stain the Bricks on the Fireplace Now?

Help! Can I Stain the Bricks on the Fireplace Now?

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Janel Laban
Aug 6, 2010

Q: I am writing with a question that I hope can be put before the wise readers and editors of Apartment Therapy. I'm redoing my living room, little by little, and I have this fireplace issue. As you can see in the picture (larger photo below), my husband attempted to remove some of the paint to expose the brick underneath.

We were both hoping it would match the lovely red brick on the floor. Alas, it doesn't. So now I need some advice--do I finish removing the paint? If so, does anyone have any tips as to the least painful, least messy, best way to do so? OR, do I repaint it? Is there a way to stain it to match the red brick below? Help!!

Sent by Katie

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