Sunday, February 14, 2010


Our fireplace was constructed with what is called 'stuffed grout.' Basically when they layed the brick for the fireplace, they loaded it with grout, and when the next brick was placed on, the grout oozes out in-between the bricks. It looks like this:

We didn't love the look of it and all I could think of when I looked at it was what a dust trap it would be, so Matt used a dremmel-like grinding tool and removed all of the extra grout. He did this project in a weekend and it made a huge difference in our front room. Just like the popcorn ceilings though, this project was a huge mess and covered everything in a fine layer of dust. This was fine by us though as the wood panelled walls of the front room would soon eaither be covered by drywall or painted. And we planned on replacing the floor. Literally, everything was covered in dust:

Here's a close-up of the brick after Matt was done removing all of that extra grout. I think it is such a huge improvement.

And here's the finished product mid-cleanup.

And our first roaring fire in the fireplace.

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