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This was a really fun project. I have not been a big fan of TVs over fireplaces, but this seems to work reasonably well. One challenge to overcome was to have a flow from the mantel to the shelves that tied all the pieces together. This was accomplished by using beadboard as a backdrop for all pieces. Originally, the top mantle was going to have a simple flat surface connecting the two columns. Then i decided to put in three "windows" and let the beadboard become exposed. It really worked well, and truly looks good in real life. Corbels were from Osborne Wood Products, and the architectual overlay was also bought online, but I forget from whom. I wish I could remember, because it's absolutely beautiful, and only cost me $49 plus freight. This was about 1/3 the price I found elsewhere.

This is my first fireplace mantel, and I'm obviously excited. I plan on doing more. Like usual, I need to figure out where my pricing should be in order to make any money on this stuff. This project took about 120 hours to build/install/finish. Finished project came in at about $4000. (hope that helps other "starving artists")

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I've been thinking of doing this for my place. Nice job. Did you make good margin on it?
 

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Looks great. What are the cabinet doors made from? Are they panel or routed? Also what did you use to paint it? I'm painting a large project white at the moment.
 

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Material cost wasn't all that much. Just took a bit longer than I thought. I buy my lumber from a country mill that harvests a a nice variety of Michigan trees. In this case, everything is poplar. larger panels were birch veneer plywood. Finish was S/W Pro Classic alcyd acrylic applied with a Graco Proshot battery sprayer using a 211 tip. This combo produces consistently good results for me. Cabinets are typical runner/stile panels using a set of three raised panel bits. There are four doors, and each has a center stile.
 
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