Restoring Old Homes Part !!
Rebirth of an Antique Fireplace Mantle
Just one step of many
Here is the metamorphosis of an ugly fireplace turned back to what it once (probably) was. All the old homes here have amazing mantles; this one must have, too, but it was removed and replaced with synthetic and unattractive 'updated' stuff. We also cut two holes in the wall leading into what is now a bar; once was probably a pantry. When I bought the home, it was a laundry room but I've moved that back downstairs.To the right of the mantle in the last picture was once a solid wall but I could see that there once was a door located there because of the markings on the floor when we were refinishing it. Sure enough, new sheetrock had been put up to close the wall (??). Then, just to the right of this door, through the bar, was another, apparently, solid wall...NOT! It looked to me like there must have been a door there, too and, YES! it was a pocket door. We reinstalled this pocket door using the original door we found in the attic. We had to replace the railing; we got this from the old pole barn at the farm. it was laying on the ground, unused for decades I bet. We cleaned, sanded, oiled and installed it where the old railing had been. We attached the gliders to the door and then hung it on the railing before installing the railing. This was crazy hard but we got it done. More to come - pictures - detailing this.