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A home without a fireplace is a home without a soul. - Edith Wharton

Photos and comments from satisfied MantelCraft customers! 


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.

Family room before pic

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.

Family room after pic with Leesburg Mantel

Quality craftsmanship that arrived quickly. I'm really impressed.Thank you.


A sincerely grateful customer,

Rhonda R - December 2014


Georgian Mantel with custom carving added by customerGeorgian Wood Mantel with a Cherry Cinnamon finish

Hello Mr. Richards,

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 


 White Marble MantelsWhite Marble Mantel with French Louis XVI styleLouis XVI White Marble MantelWhite French Marble MantelCararra Marble Mantel

 Hi MantelCraft!

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!

Best regards,  Laurence S - Manhattan, NYC   August 2014  


Marble Mantels making a statementMarble Mantels in a two-story roomBeige Marble MantelBeige Marble Mantels | Distinguished

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!



A Fireplace Transformation with a new white mantel

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.

Our Best,  Drusilla H - Millbrae, California  April, 2014


Colonial Mantel featuring paired column legsBlue Pearl Granite and a Traditional Fireplace Mantel

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!

Regards,  Charles K - November, 2013


Leesburg Wood Mantel

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.  

 [Our Leesburg wood mantels and Venetian Gold granite facing were featured in these before and after remodeling project photos.]

Tim B - Cleveland, TN  December, 2013


Hartford mantel - Fireplace Ideas  hanford-mantel-deep-return-chase.jpg hanford-mantel-deep-return-sheetrocked-chase.jpg


re: Hartford Fireplace Mantel used around a large brick fireplace

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



Highlander Oak Library Paneling as a stage backdrop

re: Highlander Oak flat library paneling used on stage!

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


Mantel Shelf in Red Oak | Golden Honey Stain  

  re: A Hudson mantel shelf, sized precisely to fit on top of a ledge!

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


 White Mantel Fireplace Ideas  Fireplace Remodeling Project Ideas 

 re: A great mantel for a complete fireplace and room renovation

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


Weathered Cedar Paneling used on a Rustic Feature Wall  Weathered Cedar Paneling in a rec room remodel  Weathered Cedar Paneling | Laminated

re: Weathered Cedar Paneling

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


Savannah Fireplace mantels | Testimonial

 re: Savannah Fireplace Mantels

Thank you for your help with the fireplace mantel.  I would have sent photos awhile ago, except we only recently finished painting!

Best Wishes,


 Leesburg Fireplace Mantel | White

 re: Leesburg Mantel 

Mr Richards,

Michael, 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!

Best Wishes,

Kim N -


Leesburg Fireplace Mantel | White

re: Leesburg Mantel 

Mr Richards,

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.  

Sincerest Thanks,

Dr. Dave A. - Niceville, Florida



Monticello Mantel | Testimonial

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


Crestview Mantel Shelf | White

A beautiful mantel shelf.  Good quality and workmanship.  Glad to send these photos!

Carla H - Enfield, Connecticut   October 2012


Plywood Paneling Testimonial



Red Oak Veneer Plywood Paneling | Customer Stained Finish

Dear Scott,

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



  Before Fireplace Makeover | Stone fireplace facade   After Installation of Fireplace Mantel

MantelCraft Leesburg Fireplace Mantel painted white.  Images submitted April, 2012

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



 Before Fireplace Makeover   After Installation of Fireplace Mantel

 MantelCraft Oxford Fireplace Mantel painted white.  Images submitted April, 2012

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



Before Fireplace Makeover   After Installation of Fireplace Mantel

MantelCraft Concord Fireplace Mantel painted white.  Images submitted November, 2011.

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 -  


 Franciscan Wood Fireplace Mantel Painted White

MantelCraft Franciscan fireplace mantel, in paint grade wood, 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



Before and After pictures of the Highlander Fireplace Mantel  Before and After pictures of the Highlander in Oak | Merlot FinishHarrisburg Fireplace Mantel

MantelCraft Highlander Wood Mantel, in Oak with Merlot Factory Finish. Submitted in November, 2011.

"Here are some photos of our installed mantel!  We are very happy with the product.  Sincerely,"

·Bob P -  Bethpage, New York


Harrisburg Mantels in Oak | Merlot Finish

Harrisburg Mantel in Oak - custom-sized and finished Merlot 

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




Modern Mantel Shelf - custom-sized and painted matte black 

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


Before and After pictures of the Harrisburg Fireplace Mantel

Our Harrisburg Wood Mantel, painted white. Submitted in January, 2011.

"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

Installed picture of the Montrose Cast Stone Mantel
Element Cast Stone Mantel
"Hi Michael,
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

After picture of the Danhauer Chatham stone mantel

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

Concord Fireplace Mantel, Paint Grade/unfinished purchased July 2010.
"Thank you for your quick service and gorgeous product. 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

Harrisburg Fireplace Mantel, Cherry Wood with Golden Oak Stain, submitted January, 2011.
"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

Installed Monarch Black Mantel Shelf

The Monarch mantel shelf in Paint Grade, painted black, with our corbels, from December, 2010.

"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

Savannah Fireplace Mantel, Paint Grade painted white in October, 2010.
"... 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

Installed picture of the Harrisburg Wood Mantel

Harrisburg Wood mantel, painted white, from August of 2010.

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

Fredricksburg White Wood Mantel

Custom Fredricksburg Mantel, painted white. December, 2010.

Thank you the mantel was perfect. I will use your company from now on!
·Marshall B with Mission Contracting, Humble, Texas

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, Michican

Questions? We would love to hear from you!
Send your testimonials and photos to info@mantelcraft.com.

Quick-link to a printable Mantel Sizing form:
How to determine size of mantel you need.

Visit our sister company website CastleDesign.com for decorative cast plaster (aka gypsum, hydrocal) architectural elements including crown molding, ceiling medallions, domes, rings, chair rails, moldings, corbels, brackets, pilasters, rosettes, plaques, wainscoting, tablebases, pedestals and other decorative trim moldings.