I am an extreme beginner, this is my very first woodworking project ever. The hardest part was modifying the plans to accommodate the electric fireplace insert that I bought and our space. I wanted a fireplace surround with mantle but I wanted it significantly shorter than most traditional mantles. I used 1x8's for blocking to give the fireplace it's depth. I originally was painting it white with leftover paint we had from our baseboards, but I wanted to make sure it was durable so I went to go paint crystal clear polycrylic over top and it started to turn in the project yellow. I had to sand the project down and start painting again, I purchased a durable paint from dulux called melamine which I was told it does not require a topcoat and is extremely resistant ( we will see). Considering I have never used a drill,nail gun or power saws of any sort I'm really happy with how it turned out.
Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Dulux melamine paint in Benjamin moors simply white
Recommended Skill Level