Saving Original Fireplace Tiles?

Saving Original Fireplace Tiles?

Colleen Quinn
Nov 3, 2009

Q: This is the fireplace in my new/old apartment, with the bookcases I'm having built-in. I've been reading a copy of the original 1913 prospectus for the building, which reveals that the painted-over fireplace tiles are Grueby Faience(!). Can I get the paint off the tiles, or will it have been partially absorbed, as with brick, making it impossible to bring it back without, like, sandblasting it (kidding. kidding), or something? If so, what do I do?

Sent by Linda

Editor: Linda- we love the built-ins around the fireplace! As for the tiles, we believe you should be able to get the paint off without ruining the tiles (assuming they are glazed), but will ask our expert readers to weigh in with advice on appropriate products. Readers, can you help Linda restore her fireplace to its former glory?

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