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Old 12-30-2016, 08:27 PM   #16
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Heavy paper...You could use anything, newspaper, wrapping paper,
etc...Hmmm...even aluminum foil would work.Tape it up and move it up and
down and live with it awhile until you find the height you like.

How thick do you want it? Ours is about 3 1/4" thick.
One you settle on a thickness, then the depth of your mantle
is next...I think ours is about
9 1/2" deep. Then the length needs to be figured out...
have fun with it.

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Old 12-30-2016, 09:09 PM   #17
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Heavy paper...You could use anything, newspaper, wrapping paper,
etc...Hmmm...even aluminum foil would work.Tape it up and move it up and
down and live with it awhile until you find the height you like.

How thick do you want it? Ours is about 3 1/4" thick.
One you settle on a thickness, then the depth of your mantle
is next...I think ours is about
9 1/2" deep. Then the length needs to be figured out...
have fun with it.
Could you please post a photo of your mantel?
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Old 12-30-2016, 10:37 PM   #18
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Maybe something like this up there.

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Old 12-31-2016, 05:19 AM   #19
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Yes, sore thumb, I'll post a mantle pic later today. However, our mantle is plain.
We made it out of walnut. No brackets (yet ) but I'm always
thinking about.
I see that you have mantles over your windows.We have mantles over our
Windows, doors, between rooms, over our big tv...heck even our mantles
have mantles.

Your room is masculine. Like your room, our family room is masculine as well,
it's a blend of masculine and feminine spirits.
We have a leather couch recliner and two leather chairs, also two fabric
chairs and a stone fireplace.. I see that you have a fabric couch and two
leather recliners. I like that mix of fabrics. I also like that you have
lots of Windows and that the room gets a lot of natural light. And the cherry
floor is gorgeous.

Did you remove that mantle? It was too low, I think a higher mantle for
your fireplace is better. Your hearth and fireplace opening is low, so the
mantle can't be too high up.
This is why I suggested a paper mock up. You
can move it up and down, until it looks good. I think that was the hardest
part of our mantle decision -- how high to make it. I had to
know that in advance as our fireplace is stone, so the mantle was scribed
to the stone, ( both the top and bottom of the mantle had to be scribed)
Luckly, for you, you can still change your mind on the placement
after the mantle is made, You'll have the option of moving it up or down.

What do you mean about a mirror...You want a mirror on the Fireplace?
How wide is your Fireplace? Can you post more pics of the rest of your room?
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:45 AM   #20
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Found a couple of old pix ... here is one.
The fun part of a mantle is being able to
change the decor on top. The mantle
clock always stays, however, the rest of
the stuff changes off quite a bit.
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:57 AM   #21
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Close up of the walnut. It's darker than the rest of the furniture in
the room which is a lighter QS and rift sawn oak. I wanted it to
be darker.
Actually, we made the mantle from QS oak, and I didn't
like it, it lacked pizzaz, so we made it over again in walnut!
crazy, I know...that's why I learned to mock up everything
and do sample stain pieces before finishing the final piece.

Here is a closeup of the mantle. This is natural walnut, no stain.
Just a hand rubbed finish of a mix that I made from linseed oil, poly,
and terpentine. It has several hand rubbed coats.
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Yes, sore thumb, I'll post a mantle pic later today. However, our mantle is plain.
We made it out of walnut. No brackets (yet ) but I'm always
thinking about.
I see that you have mantles over your windows.We have mantles over our
Windows, doors, between rooms, over our big tv...heck even our mantles
have mantles.

Your room is masculine. Like your room, our family room is masculine as well,
it's a blend of masculine and feminine spirits.
We have a leather couch recliner and two leather chairs, also two fabric
chairs and a stone fireplace.. I see that you have a fabric couch and two
leather recliners. I like that mix of fabrics. I also like that you have
lots of Windows and that the room gets a lot of natural light. And the cherry
floor is gorgeous.

Did you remove that mantle? It was too low, I think a higher mantle for
your fireplace is better. Your hearth and fireplace opening is low, so the
mantle can't be too high up.
This is why I suggested a paper mock up. You
can move it up and down, until it looks good. I think that was the hardest
part of our mantle decision -- how high to make it. I had to
know that in advance as our fireplace is stone, so the mantle was scribed
to the stone, ( both the top and bottom of the mantle had to be scribed)
Luckly, for you, you can still change your mind on the placement
after the mantle is made, You'll have the option of moving it up or down.

What do you mean about a mirror...You want a mirror on the Fireplace?
How wide is your Fireplace? Can you post more pics of the rest of your room?
Actually forgot why I mentioned. mirrors. Our previous mantel, although beautiful was to formal for our style. We have a typical two story small brick home but when you walk in the door "typical" goes away. My wife is from the French Acadian region of southwest Louisiana. While back there one summer we visited a home and I drew its interior design. Our downstairs is based upon that style. My wife is great with color so she selects the color schemes.

Will try to post more photos. We ar in the final stages of remodeling, staying with the same basic style, so some areas are not photo ready.

Thank you for being so helpful. Btw, lighting consultant will be here the 4th. Hopefully, he will be able to solve the shadowing problems.

Happy New Year!
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Found a couple of old pix ... here is one.
The fun part of a mantle is being able to
change the decor on top. The mantle
clock always stays, however, the rest of
the stuff changes off quite a bit.
Absolutely beautiful!
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Mirrors are wonderful, they reflect light and liven up the room.

In this room we have 2 foot wide X 8 foot high mirrors flanking
both sides of the fireplace. It brightens the room. We have many
mirrors throughout the house. That 30" round piece for over your
FP has a 6"mirror in the center.
Perhaps you could look for a piece of art that
has a mirror in it. Something unique.
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It's boring. Needs an accent color. Maybe as simple as a dark mocha just ragged on over the beige? I like bold, elegant and dramatic so sw 6034 "Arresting Auburn" comes to mind. I Love the flowers in the pic but it needs to be bigger.
Also, check out Sunriver metalworks fb page. They made the stars (and moon that's not pictured) on our home and we love the look!
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UPDATE!
An additional problem has arisen. Some of the carefully selected oak logs in the fireplace were infested with termites so they all were discarded. Now we are faced with what to do with the empty firebox. Whatever the result for the entire project I'll be posting pictures.
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I hope that you RAID ed to area after.

They used to make ceramic look alike logs for gas fireplaces, those might suffice as an accent.



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We sure did! Vacuumed the firebox and hearth then cleaned box with a Clorox based claener.
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check out the ceramic fireplace logs.

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My wife has decided she wants to tile the fireplace wall. We will be shopping sound.

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