(I've NEVER done a mantle before...)
My good friends have a gas fireplace, and they picked up a painted (MDF) mantle/surround from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store to go with it. I said that I would get it mounted for them.
I think I've got the mounting planned out okay. (fasten some blocks to the wall, set the mantle on them, and nail/screw from the sides into these blocks)
But there is one rather glaring problem. This old mantle must have been mounted in a corner because there is a 45-degree cut out of the back of both sides.
Here, I doodled it up in Sketchup...
(not an exact sketch, the mantle looks better than that. I just focused on the basic shape and then putting in the crown molding that wraps under the top.)
See how the top and the crown molding is cut back at a 45-degree angle?
So... anyone have some ideas?
First, we considered just trying to find a match for the molding and patch it... but I doubt I'll get an exact match, and so it'll show. So right now I'm thinking of putting in some sort of an oversized block-- make it a feature rather than an problem -- but I'm not sure just what to do there, and how to make it fit around the existing crown molding.
(yes, I'm trying to keep this fairly simple)