Our last blog post was about the first step in our sunroom remodeling project: Painting Once we put new paint on the walls and ceiling, it was clear that something needed to be done with the fireplace. Home Depot and Lowe’s carry a great variety of trim and molding that you can piece together to make a beautiful fireplace design. A wood fireplace mantel is easy to install so you don’t have to hire a contractor. If you finish it and then mar the mantel when putting it up, you will have to repair it. Certainly many people paint or stain their fireplace mantel prior to installing it. It is really a personal preference.
Whether painting or staining I have put together a list of tips below to help homeowners finish their new fireplace mantels. Outdoor fireplaces are quite different than those designed for the interior. Nearing the home stretchâ€¦ I made a new solid wood mantel the same way I made the mantel for the basement fireplace.
Once we have the pieces cut we then need to square the sides to the window casing. We chose a field stone with various colors from Sunset Stone and in order to get all the pieces to fit into this giant puzzle, I went out into the garage and used some of the kid’s sidewalk chalk to draw out the areas we needed to cover with stone.
There are so many colors to choose from, you can even paint it to look like a lighter color brick. Mosaic pattern stone veneer consists of irregular pieces of natural stone for siding, facing, and cladding. Finishing a fireplace mantel is a rewarding experience; once it is done you can see how the new mantel enhances the look of the room.
I recommend using a high quality semi-gloss paint in the color of your choiceâ€”but any paint that is used for inside house trim is suitable. If you don’t have a fireplace mantel, consider getting one as it will give your fireplace a more finished, polished look.