Updating the surround or redoing the hearth tops most people's to-do lists when it comes to fireplace upgrades. But there's actually a simpler project that, in some cases, doesn't even involve a messy tear-out or expensive revamp: a DIY fireplace mantel. Apart from providing visual interest, the mantel brings a lot to the space it resides in. It's a place to hold mantel decor such as precious family mementos, framed art, or a collection of pillar candles. Here are some considerations for a DIY mantel and installation. Many DIY mantels are fairly budget-smart, meaning you can give your living space a new look without a big investment.
Fireplace mantel ideas can be broken into several categories: brand-new mantels, replacement mantels, or upgraded mantels. The first is typically installed on a new fireplace. Replacement mantels are used when you want to update the look of your fireplace, while an upgraded mantel simply means embellishing or adding to a mantel that's already installed. Each of these comes at a different cost and work load, but are all worth it when you see how drastic of a change it can make in your living room.