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Fireplace Face-Lift: Before

Who: John and Casey Spencer
Where: Tampa, Fla.

A missing mantel and a dark brick surround made the fireplace stand out—in a bad way.

The Project Tally:
• Made the mantel legs, frieze, and shelf of MDF adhered to the existing brick surround $62
• Detailed the mantel legs with astragal molding for a paneled look $11
• Used baseboard trim to make plinth blocks for the legs $22
• Accented the mantel shelf with crown and egg-and-dart quarter-round molding $85
• Adhered appliques to the frieze and skirted it with chair rail $88
• Created faux paneling on the wall above the mantel with baseboard and mullion moldings $31
• Painted the brick fireplace surround and used a leftover gallon from another project for the mantel and wall paneling $12
• Enclosed the firebox with a vintage cast-iron front $125
Total: $436
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