Finally, without further ado, here is the final post of our living room update (go HERE for a full post of the whole room). I absolutely love how the fireplace turned out. It was the last to be done, but it was worth the wait. The biggest obstacle was not being able to decide on the type of mantel. Finally, I just told the husband to have it match the window and bookshelf molding.
After he tore off the tile and other parts of the fireplace, the husband patched up all the holes.
The mantel was a little bit more complicated and I forgot to take pictures of the process, sorry. First he put up the 1x10 flat on the wall right above the stone. He built an underlying frame for the molding with 2 - 2x6s that were ripped at various places in order to facilitate attachment of the top and crown molding. You can see the very bottom of 1 2x6 below the crown molding. This frame, was attached to the wall with 4 lag bolts. After attachment, crown molding and the top of the mantel (1x10) were attached. The final step included placing a small all purpose molding strip at the bottom, at the intersection of the stone and bottom of the 1x10.
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