Fireplace Mantels

A mantel above the fireplace adds style and beauty to the fireplace and to the room. Mantels come in many shapes, sizes and materials. You can buy a new mantel, build your own or find an antique mantel. Getting your mantel to look its best is not hard. If you have an old mantel, you should take the time to fix it up. If you want to have a distressed country look, you may want to have the mantel look the way it does. If you want it to have a different look, you may want to spruce it up to meet your needs. You can do many things for your mantel so that your home will look.

Getting your mantel to look its best is not hard. You can do a few simple things to make your mantel stand out in any room. No matter what your style is for your home, you can bring that out in the mantel that you create in your home. You can use anything to decorate fireplace mantel or you can leave it bare. It is up to you and what you want for you home.

The first decision that has to be made is whether the new mantel will be painted or stained. Typically this decision is made before buying the mantel as different wood types and materials are used in producing a mantel based on if it will be painted or stained. Stainable mantels use wood types known for their grain and appearance and solid moldings because the wood’s grain will be visible. Most people who plan to stain wood want the grain as well as other natural “blemishes” to shine through and would never cover those natural occurrences with paint. Paintable mantels use finger-jointed moldings and less-decorative wood or MDF (i.e. Medium Density Fiberboard) because the wood won’t be visible. Once it is painted, it is really difficult to tell the material used—that is why many contractors and homeowners alike choose MDF as an economical alternative to wood.

You can always use a fireplace mantel to define whom we are just among the decorations that are acquired on it. No matter what you do with yours, it is guaranteed to set up the look as well as feel that you want. It is recommended that the do-it-yourselfer be experienced and not a novice. It is also effective to remember that not all fireplace mantels can be attached with screws and bolts. There are specific glues on the market that are made just for fireplaces. These are participating at any support store.

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