Jennifer in Orlando asks:
Hi I have a 1953 home in orlando florida and it has a Malm “Firejester” fire place. I am to understand it is quite rare and in very good condition considering the care of the home. It is terra cotta and quite ugly. I want to paint over it but am to understand this is not possible unless I have it sandblasted and that would do some major damage….help! We have brought back the terrazzo and will be painting the exterior in a retro color and would love to brighten up the living room by painting this fire place! – Jennifer
Out of my league – except to say (1) AWESOME fireplace, (2) Jennifer, you might want to consider living with the terra cotta a while…it might grow on you – I kinda like it and (3) remember readers – these are still for sale new!
Also important: Be cognizant of potential lead paint issues whenever you do renovations: Be sure to see the EPA’s complete website: http://www.epa.gov/lead/
Meanwhile, do any readers have advice on how Jennifer might proceed on this one?