An overpowering stone veneer surrounding this fireplace clashed
with the style of my client.
After removing the stone veneer, this custom mantel was designed
and installed to better match the antiques and oriental rugs planned
for the room.
Deep profiles will create complimentary shadow lines, and the
walls will be painted a contrasting color.
The work included a natural stone tile around the fireplace box
and a mantel built entirely from scratch.
The end result is a mantel that will be at home with the fine
furnishings in the room.
My client, now retired and moving from a house to a condo in
Independence, New Jersey, was vexed about one thing. The brutish
stone veneer surrounding the fireplace was decidedly at odds with
the antiques she wished to put in the space.
My client wanted something a little more refined but not
overpowering, and something that would not break the bank. After
removing the veneer I found a way to work with the existing
substrate. I designed a custom mantel on paper and then used a mix
of store bought and shop-made millwork to bring the design to life.
Much of it was built on site. My client was thrilled with the
transformation and she was still deciding on paint colors when these
pictures were snapped.
--John Painter, Owner