I took the fire place apart to wallpaper and noticed that the original wood is far more attractive and is in keeping with the oak furniture we have in the house. I have also tried to sand an area of the wood to see how much stain could be removed simply by using that method. Below is where the uprights attached to the top of the mantle and you can see where the previous owners have stained the wood around where the upright was in place.

I recently moved into a new house and the existing fireplace that was left behind is reasonably pleasant and suits the room. It has taken away the stain but as the wood is quite rough it has just sanded the area that is most raised and in the recesses of the wood the stain remains so it looks very ‘speckled’ at the moment in that area.

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How To Clean Slate Fireplace by fireplacemall.com

And dust and dirt can accumulate, especially in the corners, and over time become difficult to remove. Allow to dry overnight before using additional cleaners or polishing. Using a soft cloth, wipe the slate down with a thin layer of teak oil. And if you have used teak oil to clean slate, that often provides a sufficient gloss. As a 21st century alternative, we recommend teak oil or furniture polish. You may need to use one of the commercial slate cleaners or the baking soda-peroxide combination to get rid of those old stains.

Choose from either inexpensive home cleaning remedies or more expensive but powerful commercial slate cleaning products.

Because it is porous, however, it tends to absorb moisture and stains. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe off with a clean, moist cloth. In the eighteenth century, slate hearths were polished with hot mutton fat. When applied it looks good, but when the fireplace is turned on the slate becomes streaked with white where the polish from the heat.

Removing A Fireplace Surround by practicaldiy.com

If in doubt, ask an expert – once you’ve damaged or broken up the surround, it will have little or no value. Before the opening is closed up, the chimney should be swept and the top of the chimney capped by a builder. After removing any wall covering, carefully chip away the plaster all around the surround to expose the fixings and also give clearance when the surround is removed. Clear the slots in the fixing screws of plaster and if possible remove them. The grate (the centre piece going back into the fireplace) may be fixed to the surround with screws or bolts, but there no need to separate them as the surround and grate will come out together. If you want to separate the grate from the fire surround, the fixing screws/bolts will probably be seized solid and will probably need to be soaked penetrating oil before they can be loosened, this may take several applications of oil over a 24 hours period.

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Where a raised tile hearth is fitted, this will either be resting against the front of the surround, or the surround may rest on the back of hearth. A tiled fire surround is usually fixed to the wall by screws through metal lugs near the top on each side, often there are also lugs towards the bottom; these will be hidden by the wall plaster. As the fixings are removed, get someone to steady the surround to prevent if falling.

Wearing protective gloves and safety spectacles, use a sledgehammer to break it up into smaller pieces – there may be some metal strengthening within the concrete which you would need to release by breaking the concrete to release them. Old timber fire surrounds were often screwed to wooden battens fixed to the chimney breast. Look over the surface of the timber to locate the screw heads, they may be covered with filler or possible hidden behind a decorative moulding. If no lugs are revealed, it suggests that the surround is secured to battens on the wall. Carefully remove the filler and clean the screw slots, and undo the screws. Remove any inner tiled surround, it is usually fairly light and can be moved by one person. If it is just brick or stone facing, removal in the same as for a tiled surround above.

Wearing protective gloves and safety spectacles, use a hammer and cold chisel to chip away the mortar to loosen each brick/stone starting at the end of the top course, work your way along and down. The raised hearth is bonded using mortar to a concrete slab (known as the constructional hearth) flush with the floor and projecting into the room. Use a hammer and cold chisel to make a hole in the mortar so that a crowbar can be inserted to lift the hearth – once the mortar bond is broken, it will need a couple of people to carry it outside where it can be broken up in the same manner as a tiled fire surround.

The constructional hearth should be left in place and self-leveling compound used if necessary to smooth the top before any floor covering is laid.

Before you start to remove the fire surround or hearth it’s worth asking yourself if they have a resale value – cast iron and old timber surrounds can have a value which makes their careful removal worthwhile – brick and tile surrounds dating from the 1940’s don’t usually have a resale value. Removing an old fireplace involves three main steps – removing the surround (which may be one of several types), removing a raised hearth if there is one, and sealing up the fireplace opening (unless a new hearth/fire surround is going to be fitted). Once a fire surround has been removed, the opening can be bricked up, or boarded up over a timber frame built across the front of the opening. Cast-iron fire surrounds are often top heavy so before starting to remove the fixings, wedge a length of timber between the top of the surround and the floor to prevent it fall when the fixings are released. If the fixings cannot be removed, try to carefully prise the lugs away from the wall, be very careful when attempting this as cast-iron is very brittle and can easily break – such damage will lower the value of the surround if you intend to sell it. Once the fixings have been removed, take the weight of the surround, remove the piece of wood supporting the surround and pulling the surround forward, lower on to the floor. If the screws/bolts can still not be loosened, they may be removed by either using a nut splitter (which can be hired) or drilled out using a high-speed-steel twist of less than the diameter of the screw shank.

If the hearth rests against the front of the surround, it needs to be removed first (see below). After removing any wall covering, carefully chip away the plaster all around the surround to expose the fixings and also give clearance when the surround is removed. If the fixings cannot be removed, try to prise the lugs away from the wall. Once the fixings have been removed, lower the surround with the aid of your helper. To break up the surround, lay it face down on a firm base and cover it with sacking, or an old curtain.

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There may be a tiled inner surround which has to be removed separately or a non-inflammable inner surround attached between the sides of the outer surround.

If the position of the screws is not obvious, assume that side lugs are used and chip away the plaster down one side of the surround; if this reveals a lug, carry on chipping away the plaster from around the surround and remove the surround as outlined for cast-iron fire surrounds above. If the surround has been painted or varnished, this will probably need to stripped off before you have a chance to locate the screw positions. A real brick or stone fire surround needs to be removed brick by brick (or stone by stone). There may be metal ties or nails in the mortar joints and attached to the chimney breast.

Often the mortar used under a tiled concrete hearth will be fairly weak as the weight of it alone will hold it in place. Where individual tiles, bricks or stone are bonded directly to the constructional hearth, wear protective gloves and goggles and use a hammer and cold chisel to chip away the mortar to loosen each individual tile, brick or stone; or chip away sufficient mortar so that they can be individual prised off.

How To Reface A Fireplace Surround and Hearth by thisoldhouse.com

Installing a tile surround might take a bit longer, but there’s less heavy lifting than with stone. Make cardboard templates as you would with stone, and then plot the layout of the tiles on these. Make sure all wood framing and lath are at least 2 inches away from the firebox opening, as required by code. Add or remove topping mix and continue to pull screed across it until base is flat. Comb the toothed trowel through the thinset to raise evenly spaced furrows across entire surface (as shown). If the hearth is meant to be flush with floor but is too high, tap on stone with the rubber mallet; if the hearth is too low, lift it and add thinset.

Replacing a hearth and surround—either with seamless tone slabs or with ceramic or stone tiles—makes a big difference in the way a fireplace looks. Make cardboard templates of the pieces you’ll need and take them to a fabricator that specializes in stone countertops.

Use demolition hammer with a chisel bit to chip away old hearth and the mortar underneath (as shown). For the flush hearth, cut the notch depth equal to the thickness of the new hearth stone, plus 3/8 inch (for thinset). Pull it across hearth while moving it quickly from side to side (as shown). Glue and nail the filler strips to back of mantel, flush with its edges. Using a compass, scribe the strips where they touch the wall (as shown).

Choosing A Fire Surround by homebuilding.co.uk

If you are looking to specify a contemporary-style fire then stones such as marble, as well as brick and wood, are the materials of choice.

If you have a marble surround for instance, washing the surface with soapy water and finishing with a wax polish will keep the marble in good condition.

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Ceramic surrounds can be washed with hot water and diluted household cleaner, as can cast iron— you can update the finish of cast iron with a heatproof matt black paint too. Wood is likely to be the cheapest with prices varying between £200-£800 depending on the size, detail of the surround, and manufacturer.

If you are specifying tiles to create a surround, these will invariably be a cheaper option, costing in the low hundreds.

You will then need to ensure there is a smooth, level layer of concrete to form the sub-base for a new hearth or floor covering — use a self-levelling compound if necessary. Place the back panel to the surround centrally on the hearth and screw it to the wall with the fixings supplied. Fix the mantel to the wall with screws through keyhole angle plates. Be sure to leave a drying out time of around a week so the fireproof coating has time to dry properly.

Note that the opening should not exceed nine times the area of the smallest part of the chimney/flue. Materials such as brick, slate and granite can be brushed to remove dirt, however if the surface is particularly marked, then a caustic cleaner can be used for brick and a liquid detergent for slate and granite. Sandstone and limestone are the most difficult to maintain as they absorb stains easily, so it is best to consult with the manufacturer for recommendation. Stone and marble surrounds retail from around £400 into the thousands. Mix a mortar and then lay the new hearth on the concrete sub-base central to the front of the fire opening. Next, drill screw holes as recommended by the manufacturer’s guidelines and insert rawl plugs. Note that marble back panels can’t be permanently fixed to the wall so you will need to stand it against the wall and hold it in place by fixing the mantel.

Finally, lift the mantel into place so it is central to the back panel and mark the screw positions, using a spirit level to ensure it is level. If your surround comes with a detachable mantel shelf then fix this according to the instructions provided.

Antique Wood and Marble Carved Fireplace Mantels For Sale In PA by oleyvalley.com

These intricately carved pieces have a patina and history that is uniquely their own. The term ‘ antique’ has been debated but most professionals agree that an item needs to be around 100 years old.

Our collection consists of all sizes and the wood mantels range from 1/4 sawn oak to walnut, cherry, mahogany and some pine.

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In our workshop we can alter sizes so that we can adjust a mantle to become larger or smaller to fit any specifications. We will work with our customers to meet the specific needs you are looking for.

Fireplace Mantel Restoration by projects.truevalue.com

Keep yours beautiful and bring the room together by restoring your wood mantel to its former glory this weekend. Clear the mantel of any accessories and take down any artwork, mirrors, etc. Place drop cloths around the base of the mantel and secure them to the floor with painter’s tape to protect the floor from dust, debris and potential stain or paint splatter later on. If they are too large to remove with sanding, fill them with wood putty.

Let the putty set for the recommended time indicated by the manufacturer. When the glue becomes tacky, press the area flat with a veneer roller or wallpaper seam roller.

Use a utility knife or sharp wood chisel to scrape off any old glue between the substrate and back of the veneer. Place a piece of wax paper on top and cover with a heavy weight, such as a phone book. If your mantel is painted, there is no need to remove the existing finish completely if you’re just going to repaint it, but you do need to sand it so that the new paint finish will adhere better. Use a medium-grit sandpaper or sanding sponge to sand off the old finish and smooth out any imperfections in the wood. Using a chemical stripper is probably the easiest method for refinishing a mantel. Once you’ve removed the old finish from the surface, use a clean rag to wipe down the surface so that the wood is completely bare. Never strip furniture near an open flame as stripping chemicals can ignite.

If you use a chemical stripper to remove the old finish, it’s a good idea to lightly sand the surface afterwards with fine-grit sandpaper.

Then use water, mild detergent and a sponge to clean the entire surface of the mantel. Shake the sealer container thoroughly and apply two thin coats using a small paintbrush. You can think beyond “wood” and add color to your mantel by painting it. Let it dry for the recommended amount of time and apply a second coat if need be.

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Thoroughly rinse your roller covers and brushes in water (if you used latex paint) or paint thinner (for oil-based stain) until the solvent runs clear, then place them in a brush/roller spinner, if you have one, to remove excess liquid. Pick up drop cloths carefully, making sure you don’t spread around any paint or stain that may have gotten on them.

Even if you don’t use your fireplace that often, the fireplace mantel still is a focal point in many living rooms today. Remove nearby fixtures, window coverings, switch plates or outlet covers, or protect them with painter’s tape. Remove excess putty with a rag, but don’t worry about putty that protrudes from the imperfection as it can be smoothed out by sanding after it dries. These give the appearance of solid wood — unless the veneer becomes damaged or the glue fails and causes the edges to separate or the interior to bubble. Soften the glue by heating the surface with a blow dryer or by placing craft paper or brown paper bags over the surface and pressing with a household iron, set to low heat.

Now add a fresh coat of yellow wood glue and remove any excess with a damp cloth. You can remove the existing finish with either sandpaper or a chemical stripper, or a combination of both. Depending on the kind of stripper you use, apply it with a clean cloth or paintbrush, or spray it directly onto the wood. This will ensure a tighter bond between the wood and the new coats of stain. It can also be applied after staining to reduce the number of finish coats necessary.

Let the sealer dry completely before lightly sanding with medium-grit sandpaper in the direction of the grain. Feel the furniture’s surface for any rough spots and sand lightly if necessary. Coat once for a light stain or apply additional coats to create a darker color. Wipe off excess stain with a clean cloth and allow the new mantel finish to dry completely. Allow the wood to dry completely and sand lightly with fine-grit sandpaper.

Do not use deck stain on interior wood surfaces such as your mantel. Consider your room’s existing color scheme when deciding on a paint color. Cleaning paintbrushes and other tools can be made easy with warm and soapy water. Next, remove painter’s tape at a 45-degree angle to avoid removing any fresh finish. Before you begin, use the shopping list below to uncheck the tools you already have to complete this project.

How To Clean and Maintain A Fireplace by realhomes.com

If you are after any more cleaning tips and hacks, go and check out our dedicated hub page too. Next empty ashes and unburnt wood or coal that is still in the hearth into a bucket. The brick must be dry and dust-free – use a knife to push the cement in place. When partially set, run the end of a pencil along to make a neat finish. If you are starting completely from scratch, we’ve got a handy step-by-step guide to tiling a fireplace.

Once completely dry polish with a soft cotton cloth to make the tiles shine. Hold a scraper at an acute angle to avoid scratching the tiles, and scrape away the wax.

For a shiny finish leave for at least an hour and then polish with a bristle brush. To nourish the wood and protect it from the drying effect of heat, rub in a good quality beeswax polish. To avoid a smeary finish always apply polish sparingly – too much will discolour the wood.

Move furniture, roll up rugs, and protect floor with dust sheets and newspapers. Sweep the fireplace clean or use a vacuum cleaner so you can better examine the fireplace beneath. Badly deteriorated bricks will need to be replaced but cracks and chips can be made good with fire cement. Badly broken tiles can be replaced, although cracked tiles on the hearth, could just be put down to part of the house’s history.

Missing grouting can be replaced too (have a read through our top tips for choosing tile grout first). If melted wax has run into the grouting, heat it with a hairdryer and mop the wax up with kitchen roll.

Beware, grate polish easily rubs off on furnishings and clothing so use sparingly.

How To Clean A Stone Fireplace » How To Clean Stuff.Net by howtocleanstuff.net

Keep in mind that stone is a porous material, and cleaning it may require quite a bit of physical scrubbing to reach all of those nooks and crannies! If the fireplace is heavily soiled, wet it down with the solution using a sponge to allow the detergent to begin working before you start to scrub. Finish by sponging clean water over the stone, from top to bottom, as a rinse. The cleaner spots are those which were wetter where the water ran down from higher points on the stone. Wait 24 hours, or at least until the test spot dries, before taking on the rest of the project. Make a 1:10 mix of vinegar in water, spray the solution on the mortar and allow the vinegar water to sit for several minutes before scrubbing. I scraped the red wax off, but don’t know where to begin to clean the stain.

I want to clean it and not let the mortar joints get the residue from the field stone. Conceivably, one could add baking soda to vinegar for the foaming action, which might help to remove stains — but beware that the baking soda itself may leave behind a chalky residue if it isn’t rinsed off well.

Sweep of vacuum up as much dust as possible from outside the fireplace. The dirtier your fireplace, the stronger you want to make your solution. Lay the plastic over or around the hearth to protect the underlying floor. Pile blankets and/or towels around the area to catch runs, drips, and overflow as you scrub. Eye protection is very important here, as the scrubbing process will send droplets flying! Once you’re satisfied with the cleanliness of the stone, allow it to air dry before removing the blankets, towels, and plastic. It will be impossible to remove it, and the residue left so close to an open flame is a serious fire hazard. It’s always a good idea to test any cleaning solution in an inconspicuous spot before beginning the project. To avoid a bigger mess, scoop out all ash and fire debris before cleaning the face of the fireplace.

However, it is always best to ask a specialist (or at least someone working at a hardware store) for the best sealant for your specific type of stone and intended results (finish).

The person that sold it to me told me to use soap and water, but that made it worse! Vinegar and a large bristle brush is probably the gentlest way to clean after using the vacuum approach.

Solid Wood Fire Surround by ebay.co.uk

The pine surround is made from top grade red wood and each piece of wood may vary from the photo. Solid oak surround made to high quality and sanded to a very high finish so you.

They are smooth as glass to the touch, yet retain all of the original character and charm of natural wood.

Manufactured using solid pine with a slight rounding on the front of the legs. The pine surround is made from top grade red wood and each piece of wood may vary from the photo. It’s a lovely shape and would suit either a traditional or more modern interior and could also be painted. You can choose from either a 6″ x 4″ / 5″ x 5″ or 6″ x 6″ size mantle. The pine surround is made from top grade red wood and each piece of wood may vary.

We only hand pick the best quality solid pine timber to create our furniture.

How To Paint Tile by settingforfour.com

No more forgetting what brand, paint color name or paint sheen you used or where you used it! I usually use household paint brushes for these types of interior paint projects but the flat artist brushes were the perfect size and shape for applying the tile paint! I made up a mixture of 2 cups of warm water and 1 drop of dish detergent in a small plastic container and wiped down the tile with a cotton cloth and the soap mixture. I even taped out the hearth tile by applying the tape right onto the carpet! Paint away using the flat artist brushes and the white tile paint! I also really love how my mantel decor absolutely pops now with the entire fireplace painted out in white. Painting my fireplace has made such a huge difference to my living room! I recently moved into a new house and need to update two fireplaces! So many fumes and overspray (although it was just dried dust by the time it hit anything).

Does the paint you use handle the painted tiles being heated? So sorry to hear about the fumes and over spray you experienced! I were to do this would the paint hold up against the heat?

First we painted the mantel white and it made such a huge difference to lighten and brighten our living room! Next we painted the boring beige tile fireplace surround – with no sanding and in just 3 steps!

Keep track of all the paint colors you use and where you’ve used them! Not completely matte, just a very soft shine – it’s perfect! Our painted fireplace tile fits in so much better with the rest of our living room now! You are right it really did make a brighter and fresher difference. I had done it sooner – we are really enjoying the fresh update! I love when a small inexpensive change like this makes a huge impact!

We have a fireplace that is tiled but we don’t want it all white. He choose this paint because the tiles get warm from the heat of the fireplace. The other thing you could do perhaps is to paint a spare piece of tile you might have lying around and sort of test it to see how it holds up after a couple of weeks. Can you use this same technique for my beige kitchen backsplash?


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