Our old farm house (inherited from grandma) has a huge fireplace right in the middle, in between the kitchen and living room, so there is no outdoor chimney. It's a beauty. It is also painted white, and we are wondering if we should remove the paint, and if so, what is the best way to do that? Or should we just repaint it when we paint the original stucco walls an off-white color? Would a different color look weird? Perhaps a warm beige? We want to restore the original look, if possible.
There is also an old cookstove with firebox in the basement which is hooked up to the chimney. The upstairs fireplace has two vents with iron scrollwork reading "Garland Stoves and Ranges" which are also painted white. How would we remove the paint from those?