Well, Sherry actually stuck an oversized fauz clam shell in it, but that’s doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well. I’ll spare you the play-by-play of the painting process because it wasn’t all that exciting.First we primed (using what we already had on hand) then painted the whole thing with Benjamin Moore’s Cloud Cover since it’s what’s on the nearby cabinets (and because we had some leftover).We attached the molding with wood screws, covered the holes, then sanded and painted the entire mantel. Find the studs in the wall, they should be just at the edge of the fireplace.Toe-nail the screws into the mantel through the wall.
Center the post on the box; mark its placement with a pencil. Then attach the post to the box with screws from the underside. (Our newel post wasn’t as tall as our box, so we added a block wood with molding to the bottom of the post.) 4.This is a brick fireplace that had been painted white.The whole room had recently been remodeled leaving the fireplace looking like the last vestige of the older house.So I made a mantel to look like a rough hewn chunk of wood.I’m really glad I changed my mind and decided to add a mantel.