Kristin was never very happy with the first mantel we paid for. I agreed: The color, and proportion were not right for our house.
I studied all of the shelves in our house and went to my friend Juan’s to measure his mantel.
I measured the inglenook and fireplace in order to layout the space in sketchup. I played with some dimensions and was happy with the following.
I did not have time to tackle this project so Juan Reyes, our carpenter, tore out the old mantel, resawed some fir beams, and built the mantel to my specs in just a few days.
The new mantel
Here it is stained and lacquered.
We love the new mantel.
Next up: Dining in style.
-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne