The original mantel was just a fir board plopped on top of brick
corbelling. The effect was less than impressive.
Step one was to remove the old shelf and to remove several layers
of brick to make room for the new mantel. The old wainscoting
was removed too, and the walls would be prepped for paint.
The new mantel design was a process of collaboration between
everyone involved, and there was much discussion and trading of
pictures from various sources.
To build the new mantel, a canvas of wood is attached to the
brick and layers of mouldings are built up to create depth.
With the primer coat of paint applied the mantel starts to look
more uniform. The raised hearth can be tricky as far as
creating pleasing proportions, but this mantel seems to be just
When the final coats of paint are applied this mantel will come
together with the walls and present an elegant
My clients wanted to transform a room previously decorated in a
sort of informal hunt club style into something lighter and more
refined, but still retain an informal feel.
It was decided to remove the old, dark wainscoting and to create
a fireplace mantel to become the focus of the room. Crown moulding would be added as well, and the walls would be
repainted by my clients.
--John Painter, Owner