A little background! From the first day we bought our house, I planned to have our fireplace mantel to be the first log in the fire! Well, 3 1/2 years later, we still have this AWFUL mantel!!!
A couple weeks ago, Keith started itching for a house project to do, so I said, how about the mantel! Yes, this could be a challenging project, but honestly, it has nowhere to go but up! So we decided we could pretty much build a frame around the existing mantel.
Today was Keith's off Friday, so he spent a majority of his day working on the project, even rented an air nail gun, only to find that the existing mantel is anything but square! So we went to Menard's tonight to by some wood to make it square, otherwise the corners wouldn't have lined up.
We had tossed the idea around of just tearing the board off several times over the past years, but both feared that we would some how end up destroying some of the bricks and get ourselves into an even bigger project.
So tonight after the boys went to bed, Keith went back to work and I was looking at the fireplace and said, I bet we could chisel that mantel off. So Keith walks over to the mantel, got under almost in a squat position and got his big muscles ready to force it off and the minute his fingers pushed up against the wood, it popped with barely any efforts. So at that point we just burst out laughing since Keith spent the entire day building a piece to work with it and both of us thought we had attempted to lift it up in the past!
So that means we had to go back to the drawing board!
Keith has a new plan now, so we will keep you posted.