Decorative Concepts makes wood do-it-yourself fireplace mantle kits
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Decorative Concepts

If a DIY project is wallet-friendly and can be done in a weekend, editorial assistant Sal Vaglica is game to try it. Up next, installing a fireplace-mantel kit like this one from Decorative Concepts, which he'll use to update the focal point of his living room. To keep prices low, there's assembly required, but nothing that can't be done with a drill/driver, wood glue, fasteners, and a miter saw. Kits come sized to fit your particular firebox and in various wood species, including oak, walnut, and alder. Paint-grade medium-density fiberboard (MDF) starts at about $197.
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