electric fireplace surround and mantel

Submitted by Jamakag on Sun, 12/06/2015 - 07:06

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 Cost
$500
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Pine
Finish Used
Dulux melamine paint in Benjamin moors simply white
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

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