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