Hi, A. There are 2 suggestions. Don't buy the house unless the prior owners strip the paint on the fireplace. Or learn to live with the painted brick.
This is a common topic on this board. Click back to *** ****'s Message Board and from there hit ctrl-f. A box will appear and you can type in the word fireplace. Click with the mouse and every prior post where the word appears will come up as you keep clicking. Check these posts and you will find a lot more info.