A home without a fireplace is a home without a soul. - Edith Wharton
Photos and comments from satisfied MantelCraft customers!
"We ordered the Victoria, and asked for some small customizing: putting on some appliques we ordered from Heartwood Carving, and an unusual paint color.
The mantle that arrived, well packaged and in perfect shape, far exceeded our expectations. A lot more detail and craftmanship than shown in the photos, a perfect paint job (no brush strokes showing), exact size we ordered, and with the modifications we had requested, perfectly executed.
The Customer Service person, Michael Richards, was responsive and knowledgeable. And he was able to tell us exactly what modifications could be made. I have no reservations recommending Mantelcraft. I'd buy from them again!"
Kraig P - June 2015
(Custom mantel with specail appliques provided by customer in a custom paint finish.)
I wanted to touch base with you. We are complete with our house remodel and I thought that I would forward some pictures showing your mantel and what it looked like as a completed project in our home. We are beginning to have family and friends back over (after a long remodel project) and all are very complimentary of your product. Thank you for your assistance - we are very pleased with the MantelCraft addition.
Best wishes for a Blessed Holiday Season and upcoming New Year !!
Dawson M - Fort Meyers, FL - November 2014
(Customer added his own appliques, this was in Cherry stained Cinnamon.)
Gregg and I really appreciate your helpfullness, cheerfulness and willingness to make our mantel purchase, from many miles away, the best possible experience. We were confinent in our purchase from MantelCraft and would not hesitate to buy again. We've given the MantelCraft name to our friends and our designer Alicia M.
Gregg and Libby L. - Atlanta, GA
A very long time ago, you were kind enough to knock off a little bit of the price on a mantel if I sent you before and after pics of my fireplace. Are you still there? (YES!) It was quite the transformation. Thank you for your help with our new mantel. Best wishes!
(Leesburg mantel painted semi gloss white.)
We finally finished our remodel and I wanted to share with you the before and after of our Danbury Mantel. We are soooo happy with it. We primed each section separately, then put them together on the wall. Our contractor then custom built the hearth to match the mantel. We then used wood filler at all seams, sanded, spot primed, then painted 3 coats of paint. We’ve shown it to a handful of people who are amazed at the transformation. As you can see, we also redid our floors. Overall it’s a complete change. We are very happy. Thank you for all of your help.
Alexis | May 2016
Great instructions. We are very happy with the way it looks.
Jeff | May 2016
"Here are the before and after phots of our fire place. We love the new one"
Peter | May 2016
"Perfect fit! Thank you for all your help!"
Amy | April 2016
Lauren | April 2016
-Lyndsay | April 2016
"We just love it"
- Brenda | March 2016
We love it!
-Sue | March 2016
Chris | March 2016
"We love it...We are very happy with the look, ease of installation, and especially cost."
-Andy | March 2016
"Love it. Perfect fit."
- Julie | Feb. 2016
Hartford Cherry Merlot mantel
"It looks fantastic! Please pass my thanks to the craftsman for his beautiful work."
-Paul | Feb. 2016
Laura D. | January 2016
Ryley L. | January 2016
Montpelier Fireplace Mantels
December 2015 | Shirley D.
December 2015 | Pat D.
December 2015 | Andrew T.
"Our mantel is up & it looks beautiful!"
Jennifer L. - December 2015
The custom sides from Mantelcraft were the right size and shape. We are very pleased with both shelf and sides and believe the project was a huge success. My wife already has plans to decorate the mantel for Christmas.
-Dan C. | December 2015
MantelCraft, Thanks for the Danbury mantel it looks great in the room
Drew H November 2015
Thank you for an exellent product, it arrived in perfect condition and is very well made.
Bob, October 29, 2015
( Oak Marilyn mantel shelf stained Tuscan Coffee)
Michael, Here is a photo of the Fredricksburg mantel, Happy Fall.
Lucette October 2015
Mr Richards, thanks for the help with my unique situation, this turned out beautiful.
Eric J October 2015
(Custom Modern shelf with the right end squared off)
(Two tiered bead board system in a remodeled bathroom.)
Hey Michael, this mantel looks awesome thank everyone at MantelCraft.
Kevin, October 2015
(Sheridan mantel shelf in the weatherd gray finish)
The mantel looks absolutely amazing in my home. I cannot that you enough for your craftsmanship.
Jane E, October 2015
(Thank you Jane I agree. This was an 84" Appalachian stained Antique Brown.)
Hello, My custom made wood mantel surround arrived neatly and carefully packaged & fit perfectly over my plain brick fireplace. The measurements were exactly as ordered. With Michael's exceptional customer service, experience, advice, expertise & attention to detail, ordering my mantel could not have been easier! The craftsmanship is top notch & shows high quality work! And the custom paint job was sprayed on smoothly, was done so professionally! Installation took very little time, as the instructions for the french cleat which were included, were easy to follow. I am very happy with my new mantel & would highly recommend MantelCraft to everyone I know. Thank you.
Elizabeth H-California, August 2015
(Custom Shippensburg mantel with modifications made by the customer, 3 frames on the header.)
Michael, Thanks for the new mantel my wife and I had fun installing it. Attached is a before and after photo, those metal cleats you use made this a breeze.
Thanks, Jeff and Peggy 09/14/15
(Stratford mantel painted Matte Black.)
Hi Michael, Here is the photo of the Cambridge mantel. I want to thank you for all your help.
Holly, August 2015
(Mahogany mantel stained Nutmeg.)
Hello Michael, The mantel is installed and it looks great! My wife and I want to thank you for making sure we received a quality product.
Sott and Kjersten, August 2015
(Cherry mantel stained Golden Honey.)
Hello Mr Richards, Here is a photo of the mantel we used in the living room. Also we have ordered another mantel shelf from you. Thank you for all your help in this process.
Jessica T, August 2015
I just wanted to share a picture of what the mantel shelf we purchased from you looks like installed. We are very happy with our purchase and the new look. Just wish I had taken a before photo to compare it to. All we need to do now is decorate the shelf.
Thank you for offering great products and service. I highly recomend Mantelcraft!
Diana D - May 2015
Well it took some time but our new mantel surround is installed and we love it. Sending this pic so you can see how it turned out.
Judy M - May 2015
Here's what our family room fireplace looked like before. It was a whole wall of white painted brick. An ugly focal point in our room.
Below shows just how beautiful this same fireplace looks now with the Leesburg mantel surround. Obviously we made a lot of other changes too, but now our fireplace is the stunning focal point in our room. The transformation is remarkable.
Quality craftsmanship that arrived quickly. I'm really impressed. Thank you.
A sincerely grateful customer,
Rhonda R - December 2014
We are very happy with the Sophie marble mantel in Cararra installed with a black slate surround, both from MantelCraft. All in all, it was a good customer experience and we're very pleased with the end results. I have sent you a bunch of pictures of our final installation, from different angles. This is in a Manhattan apartment and I think it ended up looking far more sophisticated than one might think, especially with the reasonable price!
Laurence S - Manhattan, NYC August 2014
The Auguste Louis XVI Marble Mantel in Beige Perlato has been a favorite of one of our repeat customers in Michigan as they work on various high-end projects. What a dramatic impression this mantel can make!
Thank you again for helping us with our order, we the love the mantle it really makes a statement to our family room. You helped us back in April; we have been busy with kid's graduation and summer. Now that things are slowing down I wanted to thank you again for your help and send you out the finished product. (before and after pictures)
Love it!! Have referred MantelCraft to several family and friends.
Drusilla H - Millbrae, California April, 2014
We think the Electric Fireplace, Granite Surround and Colonial mantel worked out great! We designed the wall around them. It took awhile for the contractors to finish, but we think it was worth it. A special thanks to your customer service department who was a great help. I hope the photos represent what it looks like. We used your electric fireplace, Blue Pearl Granite surround and your Colonial Mantel (ordered without dentil molding) to create a fireplace in a room where there was none. We couldn't be happier with the outcome!
Charles K - November, 2013
Thank you for the great service. The granite was flawless, the cuts were dead on the money, the mantel was everything that I had hoped it would be. Very high quality product and everything fit perfectly. It really turned out more beautiful than i dreamed it would. Thanks for everything.
Tim B - Cleveland, TN December, 2013
Here are the before, during and after photos of our living room, where we used the Hartford mantel. We had an old, floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace that projected out into the room 18". With your help, we ordered a mantel with a 19" Return and we cut a rectangular notch in its top shelf. This allowed us to slide the mantel into position wrapping around the fireplace. We sheetrocked the wall above the mantel to hide the bricks, painted it, updated other things in the room, as well, and you can see the dramatic impact it has had! Thank you!!!
A.H. - Wrentham, Massachusetts - June, 2013
These rolling panels are for a summer music program on Shelter Island. They create a band shell for the musicians. Thanks, again!
Bill S - Lighting and Staging Project Manager - West Babylon, New York - June 25, 2013
Michael, I received my Hudson shelf on Friday 6/21/13 and it looks amazing! Thanks again for working with me to produce a shelf that would fit my fireplace specs. Here is a photo of the shelf, installed! Thanks, again!!!
Scott O - Omaha, Nebraska - June 21, 2013
This mantel is exactly as expected. It totally changed the look of our family room from a Santa Fe style to a modern/traditional feel. Also, it was easy to assembly and easy to install.
Micheal A. - Las Vegas, Nevada - June 13, 2013
Michael, I purchased 4 sheets of weathered cedar rustic paneling and installed the paneling on one of our rec room walls. Then I added an old tin roof and old screen door. The theme is an old tackle shop; we still have some collecting and decorating to do.
The paneling is very realistic looking and easier and quicker to install than real rustic cedar. The paneling arrived well protected and undamaged. Thanks for the quick shipping.
Don and Karen S - Coatesville, Pennsylvania - May 7, 2013
Thank you for your help with the fireplace mantel. I would have sent photos awhile ago, except we only recently finished painting!
I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how pleased my family and I are with your mantle. The attention to detail and the care taken in the packing and shipping was amazing. The workmanship is wonderful. I am sure glad I had you stain it!
We now have a place to hang our stockings and what a great Christmas we are looking forward to.
Dr. Dave A. - Niceville, Florida
Michael: Thanks for all of your help. I installed the Monticello mantel today, and it looks great!
Have a nice Thanksgiving!
Keith J - Plymouth, Massachusetts
A beautiful mantel shelf. Good quality and workmanship. Glad to send these photos!
Carla H - Enfield, Connecticut - October 2012
Just wanted to "Thank You" again for all your knowledge and help with the oak paneling. I greatly appreciate your patience with all my questions. My husband and I are very pleased with the look and quality of the paneling. I'm so glad I continued my search and found you and your company. With the way you helped me, I can see you are a great asset to your company. I just sent a couple of pictures (shown above) so you can see how great the paneling looks.
Thank you, again!
Gladys K - Greenville, Ohio
I love my mantel. The craftsmanship was beautiful. I though that I would send you before and after pictures. Thank you!
Sue B - Minnetonka, Minnesota - April, 2012
MantelCraft Leesburg Fireplace Mantel painted white.
Hello Michael and Jim. I thought you would enjoy seeing these before and after photos of my daughter's fireplace. We plan to cover the bricks above the mantel to finish this remodel. We are very pleased and want to thank you for your attention to detail as you helped design the mantel, the arched limestone surround and the granite facing, as well as the custom hearth-wrap and the mantel itself. It was all coordinated and went together so well!
Thanks, again, for all the help figuring all of this out for us.
Beth M - Collierville, Tennessee - April 2012
MantelCraft Oxford Fireplace Mantel painted white.
Hi Mike, Here are my before and after pics. I was very pleased with the ease of ordering, and the fact that you double-checked with me until everything was right. The mantel shipped promptly, was packaged well, and was received without issues. The mantel was excellently made - very high quality (I admit, I was skeptical). And, best of all, it was so easy to assemble!
Thanks for going the extra mile when I needed some extra trim (due to my uneven hearth). I would highly recommend your mantels and service!
Ameil - November 2011
MantelCraft Concord Fireplace Mantel painted white.
Dear Michael, Thank you very much for the great mantel. Please thank Ron for making the mantel for us! Could you send me some touch up white paint? Thank you, again, for the great mantel!
Erik L - La Canada, California
MantelCraft Franciscan fireplace mantel in paint grade wood, painted white.
Here are some photos of our installed mantel! We are very happy with the product.
Bob P - Bethpage, New York - November, 2011
MantelCraft Highlander Wood Mantel, in Oak with Merlot Factory Finish.
Hi Mike, I just wanted to follow up and confirm what we need and also wanted to forward a picture - it's not even finished yet, but everyone that has seen it this weekend has already commented on how great the Mantelcraft mantel looks. Thanks.
Dave V - Stoneham, Massachusetts
Harrisburg Mantel in Oak custom sized and finished Merlot
Michael, we have been very happy with the mantel shelf we purchased from you. The product, and the service we received from you, was absolutely excellent. Thanks very much for all your help on this project.
Roy B - Kirkland, Washington
Modern Mantel Shelf custom-sized and painted matte black.
Chimney sweep and fireplace contractor United Chimney totally gutted a wall and fireplace, using stacked stone and our Harrisburg Wood Mantel for wonderful fireplace and mantel makeover, completely changing the aesthetics of this room! Great work!
Stephen - United Chimney - Bethpage, New York - January, 2011
Our Harrisburg Wood Mantel painted white.
Our Concord Mantel is similar to the painted white Chatham purchased in October, 2010. There are the pictures of the mantle provided by Mantle Craft. As you can see, this mantel added chararacter to the fireplace. Thanks for the support and for a wonderful product.
Jim and Andrea D. - Port Orange, Florida
Thank you for your quick service and gorgeous product. The whole experience ended up exceeding my expectations. When I opened the box I was amazed at the quality of the construction. It was a perfect fit. I'm glad we spoke on the phone before I ordered: it was helpful to have you walk me through the measurements. People that saw the mantel after it was painted and mounted thought it was gorgeous. I've sold the house so I can't go snap a picture. The buyers loved what we did to the room and part of that was your mantel."
Christian J. - Grand Rapids, Michigan - July 2012
Concord Fireplace Mantel - Paint Grade/unfinished.
My mantel piece is gorgeous! It changes the entire living-room, and surprisingly, makes it look bigger. The finish is superb.
Linda H. - Granby, Massachusetts - January, 2011
Harrisburg Fireplace Mantel in Cherry Wood with Golden Oak Stain.
Ordering something of this nature, on-line, was taking quite a risk for me. As I perused several mantel surrounds as well as mantel shelves web-sites, I found MantelCraft to have the best prices for identical items. As such, I took the chance and ordered a 7-ft. mantel shelf, one that I really liked. I am extremely pleased with the service I received, by phone and email, Beverly is delightful. The packaging of the shelf was phenomenal and it was received in a timely manner. My handyman installed the mantel shelf and, he too, was impressed with it's quality and beauty. I think it ads so much warmth and a 'finishing touch' to the room; it's the first thing people notice as they enter my home.
Thank you for a wonderful on-line shopping experience.
S. Bologna - Santee, California - December 2010
The Monarch mantel shelf in Paint Grade, painted black, with our corbels.
... mantel looks amazing. A little trouble for the installer due to an uneven floor, so there are some spacing issues only we see. Overall it adds elegance to our room. Thanks.
Cindy H. - Overland Park, Kansas
Savannah Fireplace Mantel in Paint Grade wood painted white.
Chimney and fireplace installer/remodeler United Chimney ordered and installed a Harrisburg wood mantel with a deep return. They cut a notch in the top shelf to fit around a chase wall bumpout for a dramatic installation. This is one of several images they sent of their beautiful project!
United Chimney - Bohemia, New York - August 2012
Harrisburg Wood mantel painted white.
Thank you the mantel was perfect. I will use your company from now on!
Marshall B with Mission Contracting - Humble, Texas - December 2010
Custom Fredricksburg Mantel painted white.
We wish to express our sincere gratitude to you for helping us solve our wainscot problem. The stain you sent us worked perfectly!
It's nice to know there are good people working in our American companies who really do care about their customers!
We hope the owner of American Pacific knows how valuable you are! Thank you so much.
Debbie & Larry K - Merril, Michigan
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