Surprise...another mantel/fireplace

Project by Todd Thomas posted 02-21-2010 03:41 AM 7333 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

well here is the latest mantel/fireplace project of mine. Seems like I end up doing allot of mantels… This house was a gut from top to bottom…well we ended up keeping the floors…....the fireplace had paneling on it when we started..We sheet rocked the top part in and wired it for HD TV and built a simple little media center to the left of it and a bookcase to the right…...built the mantel, went for the arts and crafts look simple straight lines and put a dry stack stone on the bottom half. Turned out nicer than I can take pictures of :-(

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 02-21-2010 04:19 AM

I love mantles and fireplaces, I’m a wood stove guy as I make my own. The Mantle is super but what’s with the left cabinet with cleats on the wall to support the shelves? No disrespect meant but a side panel would look better to me. I really like the mantle & stone tho, was that your own design? Thanks for posting!

-- Studie

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posted 02-21-2010 04:40 AM

could you say that a little louder about the cleats…...looks a bit cheap/DIY to me….but the gal that was doing the colors/design asked if I could build it this way because she wanted to have the wall color show on it. Told her she could have the same thing with it built with a side panel but she thought that would look funny….go figure…oh well ..The mantel/stone/bookcase was ideas I had….they really give me a free run on most of the stuff…..nice clients to work for…..but I don’t pick out colors for paint…so they have a design gal…I’m on me 3rd house for them…..so I don’t fight her on many things….:-)

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 02-21-2010 11:37 PM

The fireplace is gorgeous! I love the built in bookcase too! As far as the cleats go, there is enough wall there to see the color. But hey, her choice not yours. It looks great. Even the floors!

-- Janice

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posted 02-22-2010 04:47 PM

Looks good, Todd.


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posted 02-22-2010 05:25 PM

Nice built-in. I like the mantel – your design?

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 02-23-2010 03:35 AM

thanks for the kind words…yes the mantel is my design…...

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 04-06-2010 04:19 AM

I really like your mantle, nice clean lines. Can you tell me type of wood and how finished? The paint work looks great.

-- DONE is a "four letter word" at our house, we don't say it often.

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posted 04-07-2010 09:49 AM

2ol2rac…I used poplar from the home depot….and the paint is 1 coat primer, sanded then 2 coats S/W Pro Classic Semi gloss….....sprayed….

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 04-10-2010 01:43 AM

This came out nice, Todd!

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posted 11-01-2010 03:04 PM

That looks great! The brick gives that space a warm look! I am excited to do something similar to mine! Thanks for the pictures!

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