This beautiful point of interest had a very different look originally.
A 1980's builder-special fireplace was dated and ugly.
This is the same fireplace after being transformed. The
process included some of the items below.
Custom raised panels were designed and built using MDF, a
man-made material indistinguishable from wood once painted and much
The raised panels were installed on the wall, along with a custom
designed carved wood mantel.
This view shows some of the detail after completion.
The mantel is distinguished by hand-carved accents in the middle and on top of the pilasters.
A wide-board southern yellow pine floor was installed to complete
the transformation. It would become a pumplin-pine amber after the application of Waterlox finish.
Is there no greater example of "builder special" than
the sorry looking mantels installed in modern houses? A raised panel wall with a custom fireplace mantel
can really give a lot of bang for your buck and create
an entirely different feel to a room or even your entire
home. This example transformed a sterile area into a warm and inviting
point of interest.
--John Painter, Owner