Restoration Blog

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!

Sw17 Tiled Register

November 22, 2016

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.

Britannia Restoration

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.

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.

Flat Victorian Marble

September 27, 2016

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.

Finished Flat Vic

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.

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.

Corbel Marble & Arched Insert

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.

Highlight Showroom 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.

Showroom Shell Tiled Insert

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.

Edwardian Corbel with Corn Bros Tiles

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.

Telford Before and After

September 6, 2013

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