At our shop, we do a lot of furniture restoration projects of all shapes and sizes so when large projects walk through our doors we are ready for the restoration long-haul. When an 8-foot 3-inch antique Renaissance Revival style full mantel monster arrived in a pile of parts at our shop we discovered we had quite the challenge at hand!
|Antique full mantel parts and mirror upon arrival at our shop.|
Image by Charles Wiesner.
|Mantel before restoration. Image by Charles Wiesner.|
The mantel piece arrived in great condition with a few missing wooden elements around the lower blocks. The wood had a heavy stain and years of dirt and grime, so much so that it was hard to initially identify the species of wood.
|Mantel cabinet before restoration. Image by Charles Wiesner.|
|Stripping the mantel of its original finish. Image by Charles Wiesner.|
|Upper cabinets after the finish had been stripped. Image by Charles Wiesner.|
|Mantel reassembled, minus the mirror. Image by Charles Wiesner.|