It’s been a long time coming, I know.
These are the Mantels I built and installed for a wonderful client, the Stavoe Family, Memorial Day 2012. All built from solid walnut with pine seconds, sprayed with Shellac and General Finishes Enduro-Var.
Classic Dining Room Mantel
You’ll notice that the fireplace is not centered on this peninsula wall. So the family and I worked together to design a mantel that went straight to the wall in the corner. This design is more classic and formal. It’s a very thick top and is screwed upon a French cleat.
Craftsman Sitting Room Mantel
This peninsula wall divides the space into the dining room and a sitting or reading room. From other areas in the house you can see both sides of the peninsula wall, and both mantels. So the family and I wanted the materials and proportions to be the same, even though the style will be less formal in the sitting room. This mantel is also screwed upon a French cleat.
Walnut Slab Family Room Mantel
The last mantel is in another area of the house, the great room – where the kitchen, eating, and play areas come together (see the Geelong home builders project). This mantel is made to look like a solid walnut slab, but it’s not. There are threaded inserts recessed in the bottom for stainless steel christmas stocking hooks. This was the install I had the most anxiety about, but it slipped into place on cleats very tight and sturdy.
I’m getting caught up in reverse order, the post regarding design and construction will come next.