The previous owner had painted all the walls including the fireplace and mantel fireplace original 2Fireplace BeforeFireplace Brick A NewFireplace For Fallyellow.  When the painters painted the ceiling (after we removed the popcorn) they got overspray on the fireplace.  They knew we weren’t going to keep it yellow….but I was horrified.  We bought a product online to paint the brick back to brick.  It took 5 hours and the results were worth it.