My fireplace is brick and the frame is fluted wood, painted white. The mantle is made of wood, also painted white. My house is about thirty years old so the style of the mantel (like all of the woodwork in the house) is, I believe, on the skimpy side, like many homes of the early 70's. The mantel is only 5 inches deep. Its lack of depth makes it very difficult to decorate. I can't use large vases, etc. Do I need to remove the existing mantle or can I add another thin layer of wood with a bevel all around, on top? Is there a proportion guideline for the depth of the frame to the thickness of the mantle? Is there anyone experienced in fireplace design?
Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.