Original Mantel Dilemma
I'm not sure what to do about my dining room fireplace mantel.
With my homes (this is my third old house restore) I typically am a proponent of "make it as original as possible" but this dining room is throwing me off - way off.
The house is colonial revival and fairly formal on the first floor - cherry woodwork in the foyer and parlor, huge pocket doors all around, ionic columns and that suits the way we live. The dining room has deep oak wood trim. and (here's where ethe trouble begins, for me at least) a seriously arts and crafts wood mantel and big chinky deep green tile surround.
Our tastes are more Victorian, which the remainder of the house is styled. I guess the arts and crafts style was new and fashionable then, so the entertaining room - the dining room - was done in it.
I love all the deep wood trim in the DR, but I am thinking of swapping out the A&C wood mantel and overmantel mirror for something else - I have an old cast iron mantel that I love.
Who out there would do this ? it will be a huge undertaking and the amount and co$t of the work may be a deterrent to me. but i cringe every time i go in that room.