Restoration of Original Period fireplaces

An ever increasing enquiry.

Restoring original feature fireplaces in Victorian, Georgian and Regency buildings.

Most fireplaces have seen many layers of paint been added over the years, sometimes as many as 30 -40 separate layers.

Paints that were applied before the early 1970’s would almost definitely contain lead. Lead based paints are very dangerous to your health unless precautions are taken, ie chemical respirators, goggles, gloves etc etc.

1760’s Marble Hearth & Surround with feature pine mantel & Architrave

Breaking Through the layer upon layer of lead based paints

Most of our clients are willing to except that the surface underneath all these coatings have suffered from neglect more so because the previous layers will have had a detrimental effect.

1760’s Marble Hearth & Surround with feature pine mantel & Architrave

A little more paint removal

You are probably wondering what stone or wood is lurking beneath all of the layers. We were expecting a limestone hearth and surround but the client was a little shocked that we discovered this Carrara Marble. As you would expect this hearth has suffered some wear and tear, usually by previous occupiers from chopping of logs.

1760’s Marble Hearth & Surround with feature pine mantel & Architrave

All finished.

Some intensive damage to the Marble hearth but what would you expect from 250 years of occupancy.

The marble hearth and surround has taken some abuse but the pine mantel and architrave is in tact. It’s not uncommon to scrape back some layers and find some real gems, so don’t delay, get your PPE at the ready and see what you can discover.

For more information on our services drop us a line at http://Floorcleaninggloucestershire.co.uk or email me direct at insideoutcraig@gmail.com

Limestone Surround, Pennant Flagstone Hearth and Pine Mantel.

All Finished

Limestone Surround, Pennant Flagstone Hearth and Pine Mantel