This is a corner of the mantel in the dining room. The dentils are all hand done, and whoever painted it used the same white paint and almost totally obscured the detail. The paint used had the holding power of putty; I could go just so far before I felt like I was going to do more damage than good to it. Its this color, truly, underneath. You wonder why anyone felt the need to paint this at all
And this is the mantel in the parlor. This part of the mantel is where I stopped trying to dig out the white paint that someone had slopped over the other three or four coats on the dentils. the carving on this is just lovely. the left hand upright molding on the side, you can see, has a remainder of the black paint all the fireplace wood was painted with at the time. That silver looking band on the bottom is the front edge of the heavy aluminum flue cover, to keep the birds out and the smoke heading in the right direction.
I wanted to get a nice shot of the greeny grey paint but the camera insists its a lovely pale grey and I refuse to get in a shouting match with a camera at this point.