Vintage Fireplace / July 19, 2018 / Jessica Levesque.
When measuring your fireplace for a mantel installation you need to be sure to choose a size that meets or exceeds minimum code clearances. You can contact your fireplace supplier or local building inspector to find out what the requirements are. When ordering a mantel for your fireplace most companies will want you to measure three different areas to determine whether a standard size will work or a custom size is needed. The opening height, facing width, and mantel surround return depth are usually the only measurements needed for a dealer to determine what you will need. The mantel company your interested in should supply a diagram and specific details about the measurements to make sure you order the right size mantel.
There are many dealers available online that offer easy install mantels. All vary in price range and you should choose dependent upon what type of look your trying to achieve with your fireplace. Some of the traditional wood designs such as red oak or pine are good for staining and the mantels made out of poplar are good for painting a color to match your home.
Have you ever been to the antique market, or watching the "Antiques Roadshow", and seen those wonderful woodstoves for days passed? They are absolutely amazing, especially if you can find one in good shape. A friend of mine recently installed a "4 O'clock" stove dating back to the early 1900's, and it looks marvelous! It got me thinking about woodstoves, in general, and I started to research many of the vintage stoves. I have listed the most popular models below. Get yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up, and read on!
After the Civil War, High Victorian design in the Gothic Revival, Eastlake, Aesthetic Movement, and Queen Anne styles brought a truly dizzying panoply of ornament to the American mantelpiece. The towers and columns, brackets, bibelot shelves, and beveled mirrors of the eclectic Victorian era all added emphasis to the mantelpiece—ironically, at the very time central heating was making the fireplace redundant as a source of home heating. Chimney pieces with rounded openings and curving mantelshelves were executed in white marble, faux-painted marbleizing, plain slate, or metal.