Ryan & Smith | Antique Fireplaces Ireland

Restoration – Victorian Cast Iron Fireplace

We removed this Victorian cast iron fireplace from a condemned building in Belfast. It had many layers of paint, accumulated over the years, which was flaking and masking the fine detail. We began the restoration by chemically stripping the paint by hand, not sand blasting as this pits the metal. With the paint removed we discovered a beautiful set of Victorian hand painted tiles.

We repaired two of the tiles which were broken and replaced the missing grates with replicas we had in stock. The metal work was then primed and polished by hand to achieve the correct traditional finish.