Mission Accomplished — Custom Mantel

Jumping back to an oldie but a goodie from ~2006.

The Challenge — dress up a plain Jane fireplace insert in a new townhouse.

The Before — just the tiled hearth box, the insert surrounded by textured Sheetrock and a pre-made shelf that was serving as ‘mantel’

The After — tiled surround and crisp clean lines of a mission style mantel

Detail view of corner
Detail view of corner

The final result:

WIde angle view of mantel
Wide angle view of mantel


  • I custom designed, drafted, built and installed this piece
  • Tracked down and installed matching tiles from the builder to tile a surround that matched the hearth box
  • Frame and panel construction
  • Built up complex molding
  • Primed and painted finish

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