Fall arrived this weekend with a splash here in Portland,
Oregon. I always tell newcomers that our summer doesn’t arrive until July 5th
but goes until approximately October 15, then ending with the first big rain of
the season! The duration between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is
typically known as “June-uary” because of the cool weather. But our patience is
rewarded with stunningly beautiful sunny days and afternoon temperatures of 75
to 80 well into October.
But the mornings and evenings get cold, a tease for the wet and wintry
weather coming up.
Time to reconsider your fireplace. Did you know you can
often replace your mantel and rework the finish on the wall? Without moving or
re-doing your whole fire box and chimney, you can create a great new look and focal
feature for the whole room.
This pictured antique marble mantel from
is a great example of one-piece construction. It's just waiting to be installed in front of a real fireplace! They also
have beautiful antique wood mantels as well.
Check with a qualified contractor, of course, but often the
mantel and any surrounding stone or tile is simply applied to the wall. If this
is the case, the mantle and surround can be replaced with something that suits your
taste pretty easily!
The product range is infinite – you can have something
custom built in place or you can select a beautiful premade wood or carved
stone mantel and surround that looks custom built, and are often made by hand.
There are also cheaper machine-made wood and pre-cast options as well, that I
think generally work best for contemporary or even very modern interiors.
My favorites, besides true antiques, are precast concrete
mantels that look like carved limestone. Often, they can be adjusted or even
cut on site or customized to fit different fire box openings. Check with the
Heat N Glow
, known for their gas and wood-burning fireplace
units like the one pictured here, also sells pre made mantels made from wood and concrete. No matter if your style is the sleekest modern or traditional, you'll find something to like.
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