Vintage Fireplace / July 19, 2018 / Emilie Babb.
Mirrors above the fireplace are a timeless decor strategy. Mirrors add depth and reflect attractive features in the room. The reflection in the glass enhances the effect of objet d'arts or candles on the mantel. Decorating above the fireplace with mirrors offers a traditional or updated look, depending on your choice of mirrors and how you position them.
Victorian Stoves - These stoves date back to the late 1800's. They are generally made from cast iron, and adorned with nickel. This early kitchen stove will meet all of your cooking needs. Country Stoves - These stoves generally date to around the early 1900's. It is very similar to the Victorian stove, but more effort has been out into the nickel highlights and the clean, crisp casting.
Faux painting became common in this period, as marbleized or "grained" wood mimicked the real thing on mantelpieces. Toothlike dentil molding edged the undersides of mantelshelves supported by consoles. The Federal period from 1785 to 1825 saw lighter treatments for mantelpieces, as well as for other architectural elements, while the grandiose overmantel of the Georgian era became far less common. The mantelpiece was typically composed of a broad, decorated frieze, or band, below the mantelshelf, with pilaster trim or colonettes at either side of the firebox. It might be made of wood, marble, or a marble look-alike such as Coade stone (an English cast-stone product). Decoration was graceful and slender, with applied neoclassical motifs such as swags, garlands, and urns often set into rectangular or oval plaques in the frieze above the fireplace or in slim, paneled pilasters beside it.
A ruler or tape measure, bucket, sponge and utility knife can also come in handy. Sheets of small mosaic tile which are connected by a backing material are the easier to install as compared to small individual tiles. Select white mortar if you are planning to use light-colored grout, and gray if you plan to use dark-colored grout. Unless you have experience installing mosaic tile, you should avoid fast-setting mortar.