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mantle  (post #175753)

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.

(post #175753, reply #1 of 8)

Hiya,


Get thee to a Lowes...there are alot of decorative wood work extra's you can add to your fireplace.  They are usually on an end cap near the moldings.


Pretty too.


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(post #175753, reply #2 of 8)

Great idea!


I am just hoping that another layer of wood on top will not necessarily mean I need new, thicker side wall molding. I am doing so many things at once, that I don't really want to tear anything else apart. Every time I start some job, something needs replacing that I didn't expect. I really have to catch up with two bathroom renovations, cable and electrical wiring and all those cut out holes in the walls everywhere, not to mention painting the entire house . . . . . ! EEEEEEEEk!


 

Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

(post #175753, reply #3 of 8)

You might want to check to see how the existing mantle is supported - the supports might be fine for a couple of inches of mantle with a month's worth of X-mas cards, but no up to a heavy vase ....


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(post #175753, reply #4 of 8)

Thanks, Bob,


Sounds like good information. I would want that heavy vase up there.


 

Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

(post #175753, reply #5 of 8)

Hey Bob.what you doin' here......no politics in this space ...YET....lol.


Far as the mantel goes.....add onto it yet another layer of shelf....for the layman, lean on the existing mantel a bit and see if it has any give.....if not...add on yet another layer which will give it more detail and depth........now thats scientific aint it Bob?....lol......good idea though you have to admit.


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(post #175753, reply #6 of 8)

Thanks! I can put on another layer easily.

 

Eroomgardener, Zone 6 or 7 depending.

(post #175753, reply #7 of 8)

Politics?  Moi?  You must be thinking of someone else {G}


And yep, the lean test oughter do it.



_______________________

Albert Einstein said it best:


“Problems,” he said, “cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness that created them.”


Your mileage may vary ....

======================================== "Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary." Reinhold Niebuhr: 'The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness' http://rjw-progressive.blogspot.com/ ========================================

(post #175753, reply #8 of 8)

love your tag line...


 


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