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This post is another in the “upgrades to my builder grade house” saga. Let me start by saying I love my fireplace. This is the first time that I have ever had a gas fireplace and I love being able to turn it on with the flip of a switch. And there is nothing quite like curling up in comfy chair in front of the fire on a rainy day.
Having said that, the look of my builder grade fire place wasn’t exactly what I wanted, and I didn’t want to spend much money to upgrade it. See my step by step instructions for how to build a mantel (on a budget).
Click Next to see what I started with.