The fireplace on the main level of our house should be a beautiful focal point of the living area, but it was…. 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 stretch… I made a new solid wood mantel the same way I made the mantel for the basement fireplace.
Because I was installing the stone inside the house, I didn’t need to put up a vapor barrier and could put the metal lathe directly on the drywall after patching it. Metal lathe is nasty, nasty stuff and will cut you in half if you are not careful. I used a router to add some detail to the top and then cut the three pieces.
Now you can’t use regular outlets like the ones in the wall – they have to have a shutter that closes off the holes – this is to keep you from being electrocuted when you spill a beer while dancing on the mantle. You can repaint your living room the same color which will refresh the color and get rid of any scuff marks and dings.
I used thinset to attach hardibacker with tapcon screws over the uneven brick surface and ran two air lines for the direct vent fireplace and put a new cap on the chimney, ran a new electrical line to the right side of the fire box and had new gas lines with a code approved floor shut off added.
Decorate them with wall hangings, paint them with warli design or use vinyl wall graphics. Wall fireplace is an economical option for you that you can purchase in different designs, styles and models. If your living room style is understated and elegant, polished brass pieces always look smart.