My wife decided she wanted a fireplace surround with mantel, so I decided to give it a try myself. This is only my second build ever and first surround/mantel. It turned out pretty good. I did this one in Poplar, Kilzed, and painted white. I added crown mold for some of the decorative trim. I did cheat a little bit, being new to this building stuff! I used the corner blocks from Home Depot to cut down on having to cut so many matching corners. They actually turned out looking very nice. Hope you like!