Cast Stone Mantels

SFMelanieFebruary 8, 2005

I have seen some beautiful cast stone mantels/surrounds in magazines, but will I really like them as much in person? Do they look like the real thing. They seem to run as much as $3000 or $4000. How do I find a local dealer (I'm in northern Calif.) so I can check them out. Any advise when shopping for cast stone? Thanks.

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Blaze Fireplaces in Downtown SF has a beautiful showroom with 30+ working fireplaces with mantels made from all types of materials.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2005 at 12:18PM
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I'm currently researching these now. Metastone, Old World Stoneworks, Stonemagic, etc. Has anyone installed one of these? How bad do they discolor? Are they difficult to maintain? Are they worth the $$? (The one I'm pricing is around $5k.. egad!)

    Bookmark   June 24, 2005 at 10:58PM
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bump... I'd like to know the same thing. Anyone?

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 7:21AM
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I bought my mantel from Old World Stoneworks and just love it! It looks & feels like real limestone. Once it was installed I put a coat of Prime-A-Pell sealer on it. If anything is spilled on it I can clean it easily. Just get some mild detergent and a soft brush. It is definitely worth the $$$ and is a great focal point to my living room.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 10:13AM
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