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9 Responses to FIREPLACE MANTEL-102 Gallery

  1. Greg January 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM #


    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Glad you can use the photos (and I am going to miss that crown)!

  2. Jim Coutinho January 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM #

    That’s beautiful, Ken! Well done.

  3. Ken January 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM #

    Thanks Jim!

  4. Joel February 3, 2013 at 8:35 AM #

    I really like the mantel but I also love seeing how you have the crown molding with the vaulted ceiling.
    Great job & thank you for posting these for us to enjoy.

  5. Ken February 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM #

    Glad you like it Joel!

  6. Guy February 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM #

    Thanks so much for sharing all you do here. I have started my projects with much enthusiasm.
    I live in Houston and I understand completely “never paint before installation” but does this mean I should not paint the back side of the molding? I am concerned with the humidity changes.

  7. Ken February 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM #

    Guy, thanks for pointing that out. Yes, prime or paint or do both to the backs of your moldings if you’re concerned with the humidity. That’s what I do for all of my bathroom molding installations.

    We’re so glad you’ve found the site helpful. Keep us posted on your projects!

  8. Stephane February 5, 2013 at 5:53 AM #

    Hello Ken,
    Pardon my ignorance, but

    1) How to you cut perfectly 45degre angled edges on the whole length of your pilasters boards to make a perfect square?

    2) What is the advantage of using angled cut instead of just having the front board overlapping the back boards?

  9. Ken February 5, 2013 at 7:02 AM #

    Hi Stephane,

    1. I cut the 45 degree angles on a Bosh contractor table saw. Any good quality table saw can do the job.

    2. I did not want to see a seam on the pilasters, so I took the extra time to cut the 45 degree pieces. But you can certainly build a frame on top of the pilaster box if you want.

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