I want to build a mantel shelf or surround here, i think the 3" on each side of the brick may not be enough for a surround. Any suggestions or ideas. I'd like to do something just not sure what this is what i had in mind
ya the curves annoy me too, the thing is its an old home with plaster walls and it would be a real pain to rip em out. i think i like the wrap around look as like the pic above. I guess i just wasnt sure if the smaller dimensional size of my fireplace would look good with a wrap around. also i will update with pics when finished.
A long time ago, when we first bought our house and I was talking to my sister about what I wanted to change, she said something I'll always remember. She said "Respect the house."
What that means is a ornate Victorian surround will look strange in a southwestern adobe home.
What style home do you have? I would try to stay with something appropriate to the style.
Joe, the bottom of the wall is discolored because the baseboard was installed before the nasty yellow paint. D solid work man, that arch looks real slick with the new surround. I think Im going to build something as close to my initial reference picture
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