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How to Make a Fireplace Mantel Using an Old Door Frame (page 1 of 3)

Learn how to cover an old fireplace surround with marble and create a new mantel using an old door frame and molding.

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Courtesy of Susan Teare

We used an old ornamental door frame, some reclaimed molding and a few pieces a salvaged marble to create a new fireplace mantel and surround.

Tools and Materials

wire brush
screwdriver
tape measure
chop saw
wet saw
paintbrush, painter's tape, paint for mantel (we used eggshell latex)
caulk gun and marble caulking adhesive
studfinder
drill and wood screws
weights (for holding down marble)
hammer
crow bar
level
salvaged ornamental door molding
(2) salvage boards
variety of salvaged dimensional lumber and trim pieces
(3) long pieces of salvaged marble or stone (or tile pieces)
(2) wood blocks (base of door molding) for base of surround
black heat-resistant paint for the firebox
sandpaper
wood glue
wood filler
water/white vinegar spray
rags

Remove the Old Parts

Use a hammer and a crowbar to carefully remove the mantel and existing surround. Our fireplace did not have a surround so we are going to adhere our new marble surround directly to the brick.

Scrub the Brick

Lay down a drop cloth to make clean up easier. Use a wire brush to get all the dust and sot off the brick fireplace. Vacuum the entire area.

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