RESTORATION AND INSTALLATION
We have been installing fireplaces and ranges for over 25 years and use traditional time proved methods of sand cement and lime for mortar. We offer an international fitting service and have fitted as far away as New York. Our regular clients include The National Trust and British Heritage. Installation varies from appliance to appliance and depends what you already have in existence. We do not charge for local surveys and quotes. If you are further away we should still be able to quote from a few photos and a quick conversation so feel free to get in touch at email@example.com or call 07951020490.
At David White Fireplaces we pride ourselves in unparalleled restoration skills. We are able to re-manufacture damaged or missing parts so our fireplaces look as good as the day they left the showroom all those years ago.
We offer a wide range of restoration services including:
Marble cleaning and restoration, slate stripping and polishing, wood or stone surround restoration and manufacture, cast iron burnishing/polishing, range restoration, re-manufacture parts, sand blasting and blacking. Please contact us for a restoration quote at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07951020490. Here are a few examples to show what is possible.
FLORENCE COURT KITCHEN RANGE
As you can see this range was in a pretty sorry state by the time we got to it. It had corroded from the back due to damp and the several coats of Hammerite applied over the years where pretty much the only thing holding it together. We made patterns for all the missing or non-salvageable parts and had them recast. The whole range was sandblasted then given a coat of Thermolac black and finally a coat of grate polish before been reinstalled. We also replaced the rotten tin ovens with stainless steel ones for practicality.
For this beautiful tiled insert we carefully stripped out and cleaned the tiles so they are all fresh and bright. We then fitted an original set of bars from our spares, stripped the fireplace to its component parts and sandblasted it. Next the fireplace was sprayed with a heatproof paint Stovax Thermolac black. The fireplace was then reassembled replacing any nuts bolts etc where needed and using copper slip for easy maintenance then finally given a coat of graphite polish.
BEESTHORPE HALL FULL RESTORATION
In this case the whole fireplace was restored from the ground up with a new slate hearth. The wood surround was stripped back ready to be painted by the decorators. The marble slips where cleaned and polished.
The Grate itself was re-polished and a new fire brick fitted. We also rendered the chamber.
CRAGSIDE TEA ROOM RANGE
As with the Florence Court Range this one had seen better days with decades of neglect. We carefully removed what was left of the range and fully restored it replacing parts where necessary. Many of the original tiles where missing or damaged beyond repair so we had them copied perfectly and replaced them. We also restored the range in the main kitchen which can be seen in our gallery section
BEESTHORPE HALL MARBLE RESTORATION
The whole fireplace was restored from the ground up with a new slate hearth. The marble surround was filthy and stained so we cleaned and polished it.
We then refitted the whole fireplace with a set of slate slips to reduce the opening to the appropriate size for the chimney. The fire insert is gas so we fitted Mica Lite ribbed panels which look the same as the cast ones once leaded up but are a quarter of the price.
Finally the fire basket was fitted with a log effect living flame gas fire.
This marble fire surround had about 6 layers of paint on it accumulated throughout its life. The layers of paint were carefully stripped away then the whole surround was sanded and polished to restore it to its former glory.The cast iron arch was stripped to its component parts and sandblasted. Next the arch was sprayed with a heatproof paint Stovax Thermolac black. The arch was then reassembled replacing any nuts bolts etc where needed and using copper slip for easy maintenance then finally given a coat of graphite polish. The hearth is the original stone hearth which was sanded to give it a lovely leathered look.