Help! My husband has overstripped the brick!
I absolutely love the look of old brick that's mostly bare but still has a haze of old white paint in its crevices and hollows... as if it's been dusted with sugar. Apparently, my husband disagrees. I returned from a vacation to find his "surprise" for me: he had stripped the brick on two of our fireplaces down to a color that is unspeakably ghastly... it's not even the color of new bricks, it's more like dried blood.
Is there any chance of restoring the patina on these bricks? Can this marriage be saved?