hearth with new knotty alder mantel and paneling and soapstone surround in this remodeled shingle-style cottage
Photo: Susan Gilmore
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The Alder Mantel

Another goal was to recycle and refurbish when possible. After the couple rented the house next door to get out from under the work crew's feet, Andrea made a stockpile of the hardware, a mishmash of brass hinges, glass knobs, and painted miscellany. "I had it all replated—even the screws—with an oil-rubbed bronze finish and reinstalled it to tie together the old and new rooms upstairs."

Most of the old radiators still worked, even if the 50-year-old boiler didn't, and sturdy red-oak flooring was hidden under a protective layer of carpet, awaiting a second life. Veteran floor doctor Roy Reichow salvaged boards from a bedroom to patch holes downstairs and alternated old and new boards in staggered lengths elsewhere. His surgery, along with a walnut stain topped by satin polyurethane, means "the naked eye will never see the change," he says.

Pictured: The new knotty alder mantel and paneling and Santa Rita soapstone surround provide a focal point for 
the room and a warm backdrop for holiday trimmings.

Rug: Robert J. Riesberg Antiques
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