If your fireplace is just a boring hole in the wall, you can really spruce it up with a fireplace mantel. Building a mantel for your fireplace will not only make your fireplace look fantastic it will give you great feeling of accomplishment.
For the DIYer, this is a fairly simple project. A lot of the parts can be acquired ready to finish and assemble.
You can use pretty much any kind of wood for this project. This will help you to match or blend with the other moldings and accents in your home. There are many different types and profiles and moldings, ie: crown moldings, casings, flutes, and many others, that can be used on this project to make all different looks.
After acquiring all of the pieces and adding the finish to them, Amy built and installed the bracing for her mantel.
After that she installed the corbels and the shelf and proceeded to installing the rest of the mantel. What a difference adding this mantel made to this fireplace in the wall.
To see all of the steps she took to put this project together, visit her site at hertoolbelt.com