Presenting the Long-Awaited Finished Project Photos

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Notice the door surround reflected in the mirror above the fireplace.  Nice touch, Greg.

[This post is part of my How to Build FIREPLACE MANTEL-102 for $162.00 series.]

Sometimes the task of taking a few nice pictures of a finished molding installation project gets neglected in the mad rush to finish one project and then move on to the next.

That’s exactly what happened when I finished building and painting this fireplace mantel.

But thanks to Greg, who took the time to take some nice photos and send them to me, I now present to you his Federal style fireplace mantel with its applied appliques and final coats of paint.

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Benjamin Moore oil-based trim paint, Satin Impervo, goes no like liquid porcelain.

About the Project

I built this fireplace using simple materials I bought from local lumber yards and molding retailers.  The only special order items were the resin corbels and the compo appliques.

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The left side capital with square rosette and Colonial style resin corbel.

The condo has an open floor plan and a vaulted ceiling, which lends itself perfectly to dividing up the main floor with moldings.

The first phase of the project was to build the mantel, and then later we added a flying crown molding, entablature over the master bedroom door and baseboards.

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A compo applique from Decorators Supply is the fireplace focal point.

This wheat and ribbon motif was popular during the American Federal Period.

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A Neoclassical style corbel supports the mantel frieze and shelf.

These beautiful resin corbels were very affordable.  Unfortunately, the company I bought them from no longer carries them.

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The right side capital and corbel.

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A compo resin applique from Decorators Supply.

The fireplace is paint color is Benjamin Moore White Dove, OC-17.

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We painted the fireplace box a dark sage green as an accent against the lighter sage green in the rest of the living room area, below the flying crown molding.

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A cozy fire is all this fireplace mantel needs now.


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Resin corbel from Outwater Plastics.

This was such a  fun project, as is always the case when working with friends.

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A Federal style applique for the frieze for a friend who loves all things from the Federal period.

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Wheat and ribbon compo applique from Decorators Supply in Chicago.

I’ll be posting a summary of this entire project, complete with a total for what it might cost for you to undertake the same type of project.

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You can build a fireplace mantel like this one, it’s really pretty easy.  Here are links to the entire step by step process.

Good luck!

How to Build FIREPLACE-102 Series Posts

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

2.  How to Build FIREPLACE MANTEL-102 Part 2: Make the Pilasters

3.  How to Build FIREPLACE MANTEL-102 Part 3: Make the Collar & Capitals

4.  How to Build FIREPLACE MANTEL-102 Part 4: Make the Frieze

5.  How to Build FIREPLACE MANTEL-102 Part 5: Make the Hood

6.  FIREPLACE MANTEL-102 Gallery