Restoration Blog

Art Nouveau Hallway Fireplace

February 5, 2017

We helped this customer out with some original parts for his hallway fire. We supplied a period correct hood, front bars, ashpan cover, a grate and cast in a new fire brick. Can’t wait to see it used for solid fuel!

Eltham Carrera Marble

January 28, 2017

This was a painted Flat Victorian marble surround which was hidden under layers of paint. Once stripped back the Marble was repainted and repolished and the insert blasted and repainted fitted on a slate hearth really bought it back to life.

Marble Restoration Sw19

This shows what is possible with a marble surround ,The insert was behind the board and gas fire. We supplied all the correct parts from patterns and stripped and repainted the cast iron insert. The marble was stripped cleaned and polished prior to being reinstalled with a slate hearth for solid fuel use. What an amazing transformation!

Slate Surround

December 17, 2016

As you can see from this before and after photo the slate surround along with the cast iron insert were in rough shape. We came to the rescue and started to strip off the old paint and polish the original slate surround. We removed the customers tiles and began to sandblast the insert to remove the old degraded paint. Then we began to make the new firebricks for the fire as the old ones were badly damaged. finally it was all fitted back on a made to measure slate hearth to match the surround. Good job boys.


For this restoration project we fully restored this combination fireplace called the Telford. The customer knew the fire had been quite badly damaged so we took ti away sand blasted and replaced the middle section of the fireplace recasting a whole new middle. we then painted it with a matt black paint and fitted it all back nicely with a slate slip hearth to match the shelf dimensions. Glad to say the customer was very delighted with the finished product.

Full Polished Register

November 22, 2016

A beautiful Tiled register which had been previously polished by another company had been through the wars. we fitted the right ash pan cover and took the fir away for re polishing. it now looks a million dollars. along with its made to measure slate hearth.

Sw17 Tiled Register

This time we headed over to Sw17 to remove a tiled register from a bedroom which needed quite a bit of work. We stripped it down and took care of the tiles by cleaning them up. We also replaced all the missing parts including the grate, bars, ash pan cover, and the hood. All recast from our original patterns. we sandblasted the whole fireplace and repainted in a heat resistant matt black paint. Finally we replaced two of the fire bricks as they were cracked and broken. Fitted on a beautiful made to measure slate hearth matching the shelf dimensions.

Big Tiled register Restoration 2 of 2

Again back in Brixton to finish off another restoration for the same customer. please see his glowing review on our Facebook and testimonial pages. Firstly we removed the tiled register (The Britannia) and sandblasted the frame which was missing every part including the shelf as it was a wood replacement. We replaced the Shelf; back assembly, hood, bars, ash pan cover, tile frames and the grate. All from our original patterns we have cast over the years. We then refitted the fireplace on a custom tiled hearth by our fitter along with the customers own tiles.

Small Tiled Register Restoration 1 of 2

We recently removed two fireplaces from a house is Brixton and this is the first of two. This very pretty tiled register had the wrong front bars and ash pan cover. We also removed the tiles and sandblasted the fireplace we then painted the whole fireplace in a heat resistant matt black paint.


Last week we removed and stripped a beautiful cast iron surround we call the dragon due to the two dragons facing each other on the breast plate design. (we have a fully polished version on our website). we then sandblasted the surround and insert (after we had removed and cleaned the original tiles). After sandblasting the customer decided to have the surround powder coated Brilliant white. we then replaced the missing parts on the insert and fitted it all back on top of a custom tiled hearth fitted by our very own fitter.

Garden Restoration

Found in the garden this fireplace needed some TLC. Firstly we stripped it down and sandblasted every part removing the old paint and rust from. Then we started to work on recasting the missing parts from the original patterns such as the back, Shelf, Hood, bars and ash pan cover. We cut and polished a made to measure slate hearth repainted and assembled the fireplace and refitted it back into the customers home ready for a nice warm fire for Christmas.

Four Fireplace Restorations (4)

October 15, 2016

This fourth and final restoration from the same customer was a really small art nouveau combination. we took it out of the wall stripped it down had the whole fireplace sandblasted and then highlight polished. a;; fitted on a made to measure slate hearth. It looks amazing.

Four Fireplace Restorations (3)

The Third fireplace to be restored by the same customer we removed the fireplace from the wall. This time the customers tiles were brilliant so we cleaned them up, sandblasted the tiled register and highlight polished the detail we also replaced the hood bars and ash pan cover. just beautiful

Four Fireplace Restorations (2)

This is the second and matching tiled register out of four restorations for one customer. Again we removed the fireplace and discovered the tiles were totally different either side so the customer made the choice to replace them with a beautiful blue brick tile set. We then sandblasted the register and highlight polished the detail to match. after this we replaced the middle section with the hood and bars original patterns.

Four Fireplace Restorations (1)

we removed this cast iron tiled register one of four. we then removed the tiles to discover that the tiles were badly smoke damaged. The customer decided that they wouldn’t look great if we placed them back into the fire so decided to replace them with another set of tiles. we then sandblasted the fire and highlight polished the detail. we also replaced the hood and the bars and ash pan cover with the correct parts.

Before And After

September 27, 2016

We supplied and fitted this beautiful Edwardian combination fireplace into a recessed chimney. we also supplied and fitted a beautiful slate hearth flush to the floor to cover the concrete block. certainly better than the existing bare hole.

Marble Before and After

In the same house as the previous marble we also restored this smaller marble by removing and stripping, polishing the marble surround. We also sandblasted the cast iron arched insert and refitting all on a slate hearth ready fro a nice cold winter.

Marvellous Marble

Earlier this week we removed this marble surround along with the cast iron insert and original tiles. We then stripped the layers of paint sanded down the marble as well as cleaning it with a special marble polish which made it look stunning. We also fully restored the tiled insert by sandblasting and repainting with a special heat resistant matt black paint. whilst this was being done we removed and cleaned the tiles. we then fitted everything back with a new made to measure slate hearth.

Edwardian Tiled Register

We restored this beautiful tiled register. Firstly by removing from the wall and getting it back to our workshop. Then Tracy and Ted began to remove the tiles where Mick would then clean them up. Ted then got the whole fireplace sandblasted back to its bare metal so it could then be repainted by Tracy in a matt black heat resistant paint. Alfie then took the fire and highlight polished the detail. After replacing the tiles back into the fireplace it looks just stunning refitted ready for plastering in such a statement in the bedroom as a decorative piece only.

Tiled Register Restoration

August 25, 2016

For this restoration we took the fireplace out and sandblasted the entire thing to take it back to bare metal. Before this we removed the tiles stripped them of the paint and cleaned them up. next we repainted the fireplace welded up any damage replaced the bars and ash pan cover with recast original parts. Then fitted the whole fireplace back in onto a very neat slate hearth for decorative purposes only.

Before During and After

For this restoration in dulwich we removed the big heavy cast iron surround removed the tiles and replaces all the missing parts. We sandblasted the entire unit to take it back to its original metal and repainted in a heat resistant matt black paint. and refitted the whole fireplace on the original tiled hearth ready come October when it starts to get cold.

Art Deco Polishing.

June 18, 2016

From the same customer we took this beautiful example of an Art Deco Fireplace. We sandblasted the whole fire and got to work polishing the surface to a high shine. Just looks stunning with the original tiled hearth

Powder Coating Perfection

We took on this restoration project for a customer who used us in the past. the customer specifically wanted the fireplace stripped and powder coated in a brilliant white finish. So we sandblasted the fire and stripped it down to all its components. and had the whole fireplace powder coated which is a perfect finish for a decorative fireplace.

Highlight Heaven

June 16, 2016

Here we took out the intricate cast iron surround and insert along with the tile panels. we sandblasted the old painted layers and then started to blacken the fire whilst polishing the details. The client wanted a real flame gas fire installed we supplied and fitted it along with the existing surround and insert and cleaned up the matching hearth. Now it looks worlds apart.

Georgian Marble Restoration

May 23, 2016

For this job we completely dismantled the marble and Georgian cast iron hob grate in SE10 and with it found over 175 years worth of dirt and grime. Our guys worked tirelessly to clean up the marble and reassemble her along with sandblasting the Georgian hob grate and repainting with a heat resistant matt black paint. now all fitted back with a traditional slate hearth its ready for another 175 years of use.

Fully Polished Orange

April 4, 2016

Orange or pomegranate? Whichever you feel it doesn’t matter this fireplace is gorgeous. we bought it from a house in Wimbledon then took it back to our warehouse to fully restore. we sandblasted off all the old paint to reveal the beautiful patterns. After that our guys painted it black and fully polished the surface leaving the black in the background to contrast the polished surface. A great finish for a great fireplace now on to the next project.

Marble Before and After

April 2, 2016

Another beautiful fireplace restoration at first we were only going to replace the breastplate as it was very badly damaged. However the owner decided that it was best to have a full restoration and we agreed. we took the marble away and got that restored and sandblasted and refinished the arch insert and replaced the bars grate and ash-pan cover. all fitted back with a new slate hearth. Now we can do the next room.

Coalbrookdale Fireplace

March 21, 2016

Our guys recently bought two of these fireplaces and a customer came to us with her one which needed complete restoration. (it was missing the whole middle) any other fireplace company would have dismissed the fire and said buy a new one. But we always go the extra mile, so we cut the middle out of our own fireplace re cast the entire middle with all the bolt on parts for the tiles and other parts that were missing and Supplied a set of front bars. We then welded and bolted the bits back onto both fireplaces which we took apart and then sandblasted and painted with a heat resistant matt black paint. with the tiles included you can see its just beautiful.

Thomas Jekyll Reborn

March 17, 2016

Here we have a very nice fireplace designed by Thomas Jekyll dated 20th April 1879 this fireplace is just beautiful with flowing lines and nice floral designs it truly puts a smile on our faces to see it all finished. we sandblasted and fully polished the metal to make it shine.

Highlighting an Insert

March 8, 2016

We bought this beautiful tiled insert from a social media site last year and it was in a rough state of disrepair. we stripped it down sandblasted the whole thing and applied our heat resistant Matt black paint. Then the apprentice began to highlight the details by polishing the bare metal making it shine from the black background. putting a set of original tiles inside really was the icing on the cake as this beautiful fireplace can breath life into its new owners living room.

Tiled Insert

March 7, 2016

We bought this tiled insert in a rough condition missing its bars and ash pan cover and covered in rust we took about restoring the fire to its former glory. Firstly we took out the tiles and cleaned them up they are now for sale in our hither green store. Then we sandblasted the fireplace back to bare metal painted and then polished the detailed fret work. Recasting bars and ash pan covers is never easy as they expand and sometimes shrink in the process so we fettle them to fit and replacing the tiles with another set of originals its now on display in our beckenham shop in the front window no less.

The Shell

March 1, 2016

This beautiful Shell Tiled insert dated 1886 was bought in our beckenham store in a bad shape rusted parts, missing paint and dirty as you like. We removed the tiles cleaned them up, sandblasted the fireplace and replaced the firebrick. Once all that was done we could finally paint the fireplace to get to the hard to reach places. Finally we could polish, the guys spent a good 3 days polishing this beautiful insert to make it shine bright. Then we fitted it back into the beckenham store with its original tiles and set it up with a beautiful liver marble surround now it just needs  a new owner and it won’t be around for long.

Art Nouveau Tiled Register

Fore this project we didn’t restore the fireplace for the customer but rather gave their front room a new perspective. by taking out the old 1990’s gas fire and replacing it with an original art nouveau tiled register. we sold this to the customer and it was presented in a highlight finish where we polish the detail of the casting. all fitted with a granite hearth and reproduction set of tiles. For solid fuel use this fireplace will be plenty to heat up the entire living room and the rest of the house.

Slate Restoration in Beckenham

February 8, 2016

Another restoration of a beautiful slate surround that had an awful 1920’s tiled arch fitted inside we stripped the slate completely rebuilt it and fitting it back with a reproduction arch insert all ready for these cold windy days

Missing Before Christmas

January 4, 2016

Another restoration project done just before Christmas taken the fire out and sand blasted and powder coated white so you can see the pattern better. then we replaced the missing part and cast a new fire brick and refitted.

fire basket

October 13, 2015

This is an old project where we ripped out the old 1970’s horrid gas fire and replaced it with a very nice limestone surround and sold fuel basket not the most efficient of fireplaces but does look very smart.

Making a Cast Iron Surround

August 20, 2015

Here we have a very nice fireplace which we restored and tweaked to make something special for the customer. In their mind they envisioned a very nice cast iron surround made from their very own tiled register and they wanted it to be white. Well here at Wards we don’t disappoint, we took the tiled register out making sure to smash the ghastly reproduction tiles the customer hated. We then stripped it down sandblasted the fireplace used a very fine cutting disk to cut the middle away revealing a very nice cast iron surround which we then powder coated white. After all this we brought it back to the customers house and supplied a matt black steel chamber an inner hearth and a flush hearth for the front of the fireplace (yes we sunk it into the floor) now the living room has a real statement and a huge talking point for any friends and relatives who come over. Now onto the next project.

Polished Perfection

This restoration job was quite involved and very challenging. Firstly we had to take the fireplace out of the bedroom and clean up the opening waiting for the fireplace to be refitted. Then we stripped the fireplace down and cleaned the tiles up making the blue really stand out. We then sandblasted the fireplace to get the layers of paint off and from that we could start the polishing process using a number of gritty pads until we get it to a nice shine. The challenging part was our apprentice Alfie Ward (yes a family member) who polished the whole fireplace under close inspection of Tracy. Seeing as it was his first time polishing on his own he did a wonderful job and will be restoring many future projects. Then Ted tackled the bars and ash pan cover finding the right parts and having them cast for the fireplace direct from our own pattern parts. The whole fireplace was transported back to its home in Beckenham and refitted by our expert fitter. My favourite part is the aquatic pair of animals on the hood, now they really stand out and make the room come alive.

Fully polishing Etna

July 7, 2015

Here we have a beautiful fireplace from Glasgow called the Etna. circa 1890’s she is truly stunning. here is one we bought a couple of weeks ago and one we restored 4 years ago. (the customer is using us again to restore another bedroom fireplace she owns) its held up quite well seeing as it was restored 4 years ago our work speaks for itself a true full polish.

Turning over a new corbel

July 2, 2015

This marble fireplace came to us in a right state first of all it was missing a whole front section. is that a problem for us ? never we managed to match a piece to fit then we replaced the missing corbel with two originals from another fireplace which was in our bits pile. so two new corbels later some polishing sandblasted insert she is good to go ready for use in her new home.

The Smiths

Here we have a little bedroom unit made by BICLAM  (Bennets Iron Foundry Ltd Arwick Manchester)  we like to call the smiths. (we found a huge number of them above a WH smiths over 35 years ago hence the name. this one needed some love and we sandblasted it to get through the layers of old paint and rust and gave it a new lease of life.

marble restoration

Another big restoration job was this marble surround cast iron insert and original tiles. first we took away the marble surround and our in house restorer reboxed it and cleaned it up nicely. then we sandblasted the original cast iron insert and cleaned the tiles up whilst they were out of the fireplace painted it in our heat resistant matt black paint and fitted it all back just perfect.

Fully polished

here we have a smart little bedroom unit called the bird and butterfly this fireplace was in some desperate need of tlc and we nearly didn’t take the job on because of the sheer amount of work needed but the customer was determined to have his beautiful fireplace rejuvenated. so here it is sand blasted and polished to a nice shine just as the doctor ordered.

Insert Restoration

March 31, 2015

here is avery nice insert that a customer brought to us it needs full restoration and as you can see we did just that a very good before and after.

Dead Cow Unit

September 30, 2014

This is a fireplace informally called the Dead cow unit. This unit is quite special as it has an overmantle mirror and minton tiles surrounding the outer edge of the hood and bars. we completely restored the fireplace firstly sandblasting then spending a few days polishing the cast iron till it was nice and shiny.

Art Nouveau Restoration

September 23, 2014

Another fireplace restoration in middlesex from start to finish we sand blasted the fire then refinished it in a heat proof mat black paint. We then replaced the tiles with the customers own set, cast a new fire brick and used original stock parts for the hood, bars and ashpan cover. it was all then refitted onto a tiled hearth which our fitter specializes in. If you would like a quote to restore your fireplace contact us on 02086509005 or send us an email with a picture attached to

Fixing a back

July 18, 2014

Here is an image demonstrating how we fix a back that is buckled over time due to constant and heavy use. first you cut the area of metal that is damaged away. Then you drill and tap a hole either side. next you cut a strip of steel to act as a support brace for a new fire brick. then you bolt it onto the back and using a special mould fill in the gap with fire cement thus making a new brick/back without changing or loosing the original cast iron.

Full Restoration

May 29, 2014


Here is a full restoration from start to finish. To the left you can see the before where the entire fireplace was painted white with many layers covering up the nice detail of the fireplace.

Next we sandblasted the fireplace, getting all the old thick paint off giving us a fresh start.

Then we used a heat proof matt black paint over the surface, getting into all the knooks and crannies Before lastly polishing the surface to a nice shine. The black paint was used to get into the areas the polisher can’t, giving it a nice contrast but also stopping those polish free areas from rusting over time.

Complete RE Finish

October 10, 2013

For this fireplace we got a complete restoration to sand blast and highlight the fireplace then re fit an old restoration but just reminds us of the fireplaces we have seen through our door and the happy customers that are warm and cosy.

Before and after Restoring Bars

September 23, 2013

here is a set of bars that tracy welded back together after havign the corners broken off as ou can see he has done an excellent job. just after welding


how it looked before with missing side finished job after the repair with side

Combination Before and After

September 19, 2013

this is a combination type fireplace that we decided to buy and restore. First of all we stripped it of its old paint by sandblasting then our restorer painted the fireplace black and used a idustrial polisher to polish all the details to make them stand out even further. this can be done to most types for fireplaces.

Half and Half

September 14, 2013

here is a picture of a small hood for a fireplace, one half has been sandblasted the other has been fully painted so you can see the difference painting a fireplace makes. Not only does it bring out the detail even better it protects the fireplace from rusting. Also what a cracking hood.

Full Polished Fire

September 13, 2013

Another complete restoration of a fireplace that a customer bought and wanted full polished. So we set about doing it and it came out beautiful. This was just after polishing we bolted the rest of the parts on and it was ready to be fitted. If you have any Fireplaces that are in need of desperate restoration please dont hesitate to contact us with a picture on

Restoration of a Dragon

September 12, 2013

For this fireplace we sandblasted back to the bare metal to remove any old paint or rust then we quickly applied a coat of heat proof matt black paint. we did several coats before it was ready and it now looks like it came right out of the factory over 120 years ago not bad for an old dragon (the dragon is in the hood of the fireplace). Fore more restorations and general fireplace facts knowledge and history check out our facebook page.

Restoration of Tile Inset and Brass Hood

September 10, 2013

For this fireplace we replaced the tile panels for a set of minton tiles rather then a plain brick set we then sndblasted and painted the cast iron middle black. supplied a new clay fire back and polished the brass finnels and decoration. We left the surround painted as the detail is gesso which is plaster of paris moulded and stuck on the fireplace and the paint holds it together.

Once Restored

September 9, 2013

Once restored we put original or reproduction tiles into our fireplaces if they take tiles and get it ready to be photographed and put onto our website here is Terry Ward putting some nice art nouveau tiles into a fireplace we call the ace of spades it already looks good and its not even in the showroom yet.

Another Old Restoration

September 7, 2013

This is another old restoration we did and we still think this fireplace is beautiful we hope you guys agree and sorry about the pictures digital cameras wasnt very good in the early days. As you can see we sand blasted the firepace and then fully polished it and put back the original tiles wth a set of bars and ashpan cover.

Complete Overhaul

September 6, 2013

For this fireplace we had to do a complete over haul by supplying new bars and ashpan covers which we had the original castings. we also had to replace the firebricks sandblast and repaint. we love these fireplaces and it is one of our all time classic victorian orginals called the telford. I think it came out pretty well but have your say on our facebook page

Before and After

Here we have a fireplace with before and after pictures and although this was done a year ago it was only in the shop 3 days before it sold. we sandblasted all the old paint off and gave it a new coat of matt black that just made its detail stick out.

New Room New Fireplace

August 24, 2013

This just goes to show how a fireplace can transform a room once its restored to its original glory keep checking this page to see more restorations and feel free to contact us about any restoration work you may want doing

Restorations Old and New

August 23, 2013

This is a restoration we did last year as we have just updated this page we would like to show you what we do and how we restore fireplaces and give examples of our work. so although this is last year we are going to have a lot ore restorations to follow.

as you can see a before and after. the customer thought we had switched his fireplace but we just worked our magic