Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Fireplace Surround

Do you remember this monstrosity? Lets focus on the wooden surround. The dark varnish, the LIONS CLAWS for goodness sake. Just no.

Something needed to be done, but what? I am certainly no DIY expert and didn't have a clue where to start. Luckily I have a friend who is a joiner and he has done a wonderful job in reworking the surround. First he stripped the varnish to reveal the actual wood (it turns out to be a good quality pine), removed the hideous lions feet embellishments and added a simplified trim (trying for more of an arts & crafts look). Finally he waxed the wood to give it a lovely natural finish.

I think it's wonderful. I cannot believe it's the same surround, can you?

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