Our boxes measure 53-1/4” tall x 6” wide x 7” deep.
Lay a newel post onto the front of one of the boxes, opposite the open end. Flip the box back over and spread glue on the post where it will touch the box.
So I made a mantel to look like a rough hewn chunk of wood.
I’m really glad I changed my mind and decided to add a mantel.
We’ve never had a tiled fireplace so we suddenly feel very swanky indeed. Some of you were curious about how we concealed the exposed edge of the cement board around the firebox.
Well, Sherry actually stuck an oversized fauz clam shell in it, but that’s doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well. I’ll spare you the play-by-play of the painting process because it wasn’t all that exciting.
First we primed (using what we already had on hand) then painted the whole thing with Benjamin Moore’s Cloud Cover since it’s what’s on the nearby cabinets (and because we had some leftover).
The brick fireplace was faced with manufactured stone and the result was dramatic.
The room was transformed with a warmth that had previously been lacking.