Step 1: Take Off the Molding

Take Off the Molding
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Take off the molding along the mantel's inner edge. Start by scoring the painted seam with a utility knife. Then slide a putty knife into the seam and rock it back and forth to pry the finishing nails loose. Remove the side strips before moving on to the top one.
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    Tools List

    • flat prybar
      Pry bar
    • utility knife
      Utility knife
    • small plastic putty knife
      Putty knife
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver

    Shopping List

    1. Stone surround

    2. Glass fireplace doors3. Construction adhesive specially formulated for marble and granite