Lounge Fireplace, Day 2


IMG_7035J and S the fireplace guys were here again today to complete the installation. Yesterday the old fireplace was demolished, the brickwork chopped out, lintel fitted, gas line set up, and slate hearth laid.


Today’s job was the fitting of the insert and replacing the original timber mantel.

IMG_7049And here it is!

IMG_7013Remember how it looked yesterday.

IMG_7050We still need to patch and redecorate the wall and sand and varnish the timber mantelpiece but you get the idea.

IMG_7054Detail of the gorgeous tube-lined tiles. The pattern is English Rose.


The Art Nouveau style hood.

IMG_7064Oliver inspecting. I turned the fire off and let it cool down before I introduced the cats to it.

IMG_7058Ruby. Rose wasn’t really interested.


I turned it on in the early evening and Oliver soon took possession of this vantage point.

IMG_7099He is quite taken with the flickering flames, so I will have to watch them for a while. I still remember the day dear departed Orlando shoved his face right into the gas fire the day he arrived in the UK from Australia and singed his whiskers.


Oliver may never move.


8 thoughts on “Lounge Fireplace, Day 2

  1. Beautiful and practical, absolute;y worth every bit of effort and the kittyCatz are divine. The Lady issue with Oliver + Ruby as Pets Of The Week [fabulously] in it has just hit Victorian newsagents. I think they colour coordinated their grey Duke cover with the cats actually. Bravo all round.
    I wish William Morris could see the fireplace.

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