The Ashland House: An Update

You know how sometimes when you tell someone what you have planned they give you a look that asks, “Are you sure you want to do that?”  Anyone?  Well, way back in the beginning (December 2014) I thought, “It sure would be nice to strip the drab brown paint off the Chicago Brick.”  When I would share my idea with people familiar with the effort it would take to accomplish such a feat they would give me that look.

Apparently the professionals knew how much work it was going to take.  I did not.  I am starting to.  However I still want the brick stripped.  The guy in the featured image is the second/third person to tackle the job.  On Monday he brought this bad boy:

Compressor for Paint Stripping

One of the biggest compressors I have ever seen in person. It’s really loud too. I’m sure our neighbors love it. Not.

He is using recycled glass and water to strip the paint.  If you enjoy a good facial it is very similar to the process of microdermabrasion. Here is a close-up of the glass:

Glass For Paint Stripping

This is what happens to your wine bottles after you recycle them.

Since the glass particles are used with the water there is little to no dust during the process.

The south side of the house is almost finished.  It has been difficult because the paint is clinging onto the brick for dear life.  Yes, I realize that paint is inanimate.  I’m trying to make a point.

Here is what the south side looked like last night:

Chicago Brick Mid October

Almost there.

My husband saw the stripped brick the other day and said to me straight-faced, “The brick looks a little light.  Should we paint it?”

As always, thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney

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      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        I like it too! Also, our window cladding, trim, siding and gutter colors were picked with the lighter Chicago Brick colors in mind. It will all work out. My husband just likes to torment me with his last minute opinions. LOL 😉

    1. Mauri

      LOL! That Troy is such a kidster – eh! Making good progress. And, you will be in by the holidays? Not 🙂