Ian finished restoring the old mantel and put it up this week. Here are some before and after shots.
First, the mantel partially unassembled and waiting in the workshop. Because of some rotten timber that needed to be replaced, he decided to take it apart to restore it, then reassemble it. I did some photographs for reference (but he did not need them, this was an easy project compared to others he has done of late !)
The fireplace without a mantel. It does have a black facshia plate covering the top of the fireplace hole. But it wants something more.
Close up of the fireplace korbel detail, after restoration and painting. It came up really nicely !
The room looks nearly complete with the mantel in place. In fact, it looks like it has always been there. Fit into the space perfectly and looking very elegant.
The trims at the baseboard got finished finally (they were waiting to be fit around the mantel, so this has been one of those things not yet done). Also, the vintage french factory clock got put up.
We have a short punch list to complete for this room. Paint the window frames and trim. Put up a curtain rod & put up curtain panels. Get the vintage bus rolls framed for the empty wall. Put up the ceiling fan/light (taking the old one down). A longer range project is to refinish the coffee table top in a black finish. The low console to right of fireplace will be redeployed and something more characterful will replace it (thinking a vintage piece we have in storage).
Below, a true before and after. Left, what we were working with, and right, our current state of progress. Looking good, very good.