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We are gathered here today to perform an exorcism.  (I am really curious to see what kind of search results I will get from this post!)  If you remember last week - I showed you my cute new door sign and our little entryway, which included a not so welcome guest.  The Ghost Child Hand.

It was here when we moved in and I didn't even notice it until we had lived here for a month - which made it even more creepy.  I asked for you guys to give me any tips you might have to help me "exorcise" this hand from brick.  I got a lot of great tips from you guys and one thing that people kept saying was just use sandpaper.  I decided this weekend to give it a try.  So here is the hand at the beginning of the ritual.

I grabbed a sanding sponge and went to work.  I was a little nervous about doing this since the brick is a lighter color that looks like it is tinted or painted from the normal red brick color.  But I dove in headfirst and started sanding. 

I then wiped the wall down with some water to wash off the white paint. 

The final verdict?  The demon has been released!!  I am so pleased that it came out ok and didn't damage the brick at all!  Though I have to admit - I do glance at it now and then just to make sure it isn't back!  I would seriously have a heart attack!  (Please no one tell my hubby that or he will try to prank me!)

Sometimes it is the little victories that make you feel like you have accomplished something!  I hope this helps anyone that may find themselves with paint splattered brick or if you too have a ghost that you need to exorcise! 

Now on a completely unrelated note, I wanted to thank Giorgina from Decor Medley for asking me to do an interview for her site.  She has interviewed a ton of great Home Decor bloggers and I think you would get a kick out of reading those.  Hop over and check out my interview and read some of her past guests!  

12 frugal friends said ...

Tru said... @ August 4, 2010 at 7:20 AM

It looks good. Who knew there would be such an easy solution?

Unknown said... @ August 4, 2010 at 8:01 AM

I am so glad you were able to get rid of the handprint.

the cape on the corner said... @ August 4, 2010 at 8:53 AM

wow, congrats on your interview and your exorcism, lol. i love that you said you look to see if it comes back. that's the best! i would do the same thing, for sure!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said... @ August 4, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Great job! It totally came off! My son touched my dresser top that was still tacky from the poly I put on it! Oh those kids!!

René said... @ August 4, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I'll bet you were glad to get rid of that print.


Blue Ridge Altered Art said... @ August 4, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Great result.Let's just hope it does not reappear!!!

Karen said... @ August 4, 2010 at 11:53 AM

That is a little creepy! Now, do you have a solution when your front door paint fades and leaves a ring where your wreath was? I call it the ghost of wreaths past.

Cara @ Live the Home Life said... @ August 4, 2010 at 1:54 PM

haha! Totally creepy and I love every second of it. Thanks for the tip!


Marianne said... @ August 5, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Great job! I am glad that worked out for you. I take it your hubby doesn't read your blog? Or you have just given him the best idea for April Fool's day, so be warned.

Pamela @ Atmosphere ID said... @ August 5, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I really enjoyed your interview. The economy (man I hate that phrase) has put designers in a little bit of a "situation" too. It's inspiring to see what you've created keeping budget in mind. It's hard sometimes being surrounded by beautiful things you just can't afford (I do get to live vicariously through client's homes at least). In the past I've had the mindset that until I can have what I want I won't do anything. Blogs like yours have inspired me to get my house the way I want within the budget I have to work with. Thanks!

Erin said... @ August 5, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Looks great! Yes, yesterday you didn't notice it, today you do, tomorrow you wonder where it went, lol! I understand, glad the sandpaper worked :)

Unknown said... @ August 11, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I'm amazed. I wondered how you were going to do it. So simple! Thanks for sharing!

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