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All fireplace mantel designs in The Joy of Moldings Pattern Book

Historic FIREPLACE MANTEL-104, Fort Mackinac

fireplace mantel

Traditional/Greek Revival Style, c. 1828

I discovered this simple fireplace mantel in the hospital and doctors’ quarters in old Fort Mackinac.

The other moldings in this room — the door trim and baseboard — are nice, but plain. Only the fireplace was dressed up special.

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Molding Painting Tip: Use Primer to Help You Choose Colors

painted mantel

[This is part of my FIREPLACE MANTEL-103 and How to Paint Moldings series.]

The homeowner on this project wasn’t sure what color her new fireplace moldings should be — white like the large crown molding above or something more subtle.

But she just couldn’t visualize the final outcome.

That’s when I offered to prime them in two different colors.

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How to Build FIREPLACE MANTEL-103 for $333.08

fireplace mantel-103Traditional Style

Finish Carpenter Price c. $1,800.00 and Up

Even though most of our houses are heated through the miracle of central heat, the fireplace is still the center of the home.

And with such an important role as warming the hearts and hands of your family and friends, your fireplace surround should reflect that importance.

With that very thought in mind, this Rochester Hills, Michigan, couple invited me to strip the builder-grade mantel from the wall and design them a new, much grander one for their great room.

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FIREPLACE MANTEL-101: For Rooms With No Chimney

fireplace mantel diyTraditional Style

For lack of a better, catchier name, I call this a faux fireplace mantel.

It was created to give this small living room the charm of a fireplace where there isn’t an actual chimney.

And prior to this one I’d never seen such a thing. But there it was. And I thought it the best idea!

Not pictured is the hearth I built for it that holds a beautiful candelabra.

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antique fireplace mantelTraditional Style c. 1780

Photos courtesy of Greg Roth.

This beautiful antique marble mantel comes from Bowcliffe Hall, England.

The Detroit Institute of Arts list the artist as “unknown.” Whoever the artist was, however, it seems that he was influenced by the work of Robert Adam.

And that’s a very good thing.

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How to Make OVERMANTEL-100 for About $87.39: Part 1

fireplace overmantel rochester hills michiganTraditional Style

An overmantel is a formal addition to a fireplace mantel that should be saved for your most public rooms.  For most of us, that means it will go above the living room fireplace.

This is a very traditional design and can be expanded or contracted to meet your own needs.

You can customize this design by using different style moldings from what I used, and the ears in the architrave are perfect for adding your own personal touch with flowery rosettes.

This post shows you step by step how to make one just like this.  It’s really easy!

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How to Build FIREPLACE MANTEL-102 for c. $162.00: Part 1

how to build a diy mdf fireplace mantelTraditional Style

Finish Carpenter Price c. $1,200.00

A fireplace mantel with this much detail can cost between $1,200.00 – $2,000.00, if you buy it from a reputable company that sells them.

But think of all the moldings you could afford to buy for your home if you make your own fireplace mantel, not to mention the bragging rights of doing it yourself.

So let me help you save some money by showing you how I built this one.

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