This beautiful sandstone fireplace mantle from Europe was imported with two catches: the mantle had layers of unoriginal paint, and it did not quite fit over the existing brick firebox and fireplace surround. Marion Restoration contacted US Heritage for material matching and subsequently was contracted to clean and strip the mantle to its original sandstone finish, as well as to fill any gaps that resulted from the ill-fitting mantle with custom patching.
Gentle stripping chemicals were used to remove several layers of paint. In more detailed areas, Marion Restoration’s artisans hand scraped paint remnants from small crevasses with dental tools.
After the paint was removed, a natural solution of was applied to the surface of the sandstone to neutralize and extract salt deposits that are known to discolor and etch the stone. Once the towels are dry, the salts are neutralized, and the towels are peeled away to reveal the mantel with little to no imperfections.
After the gaps were filled (detailed at left), this family now has a historic sandstone mantle that appears to be custom made for their home and fireplace.