How to build a fireplace mantel and surround. To build the side columns for the new surround use mdf to construct two rectangular boxes with open backs. Cut three poplar boards to size to form the vertical pilasters and horizontal frieze of the fireplace mantel. Make your own with our clear how to.
Determine the size of your boxes by measuring the distance from the brick to the edge of the mantel and then from the mantel to the floor. The humble fireplace has come a long way. Spread a canvas drop cloth onto the floor in front of the fireplace.
Learn how to cover an old fireplace surround with marble and create a new mantel using an old door frame and molding. Build a fireplace surround a new surround and gas insert can make a once unsightly fireplace a functional heating source and focal point. The design has a classic and beefy look and it would be a great upgrade to any bare fireplace wall.
Enhance your existing fireplace surround removing flat trim and adding a three dimensional wooden mantel and pilasterscolumns to make it the centerpiece. Once merely a means of cooking up grub and keeping rooms warm its now a ceremonial focal point that symbolizes the cozy comforts of winterand a wood mantel gives the hearth even more warmth.