Upgrading or adding a new fireplace mantle is a popular project, but one that can be very confusing without some planning.
Most of the time, homeowners enter the showroom explaining that they are in the market for a new mantle and really haven't given it much thought. I suggest taking the time to visit the MantleCraft website and get some ideas before the trip to our showroom. You can also use their Fireplace Mantle Worksheet to gather the measurements that I'll need to assist you.
A new mantle from MantleCraft is definitely a DYI project and would probably only rate at a 6 on the difficulty scale. For something more custom, you should contact me and I'll connect you with the right people.
Although you could buy directly online from MantleCraft, I can save you around 15% because of my dealer status.