Crown molding can create interesting architectural details for your fireplace. This works especially well in rooms that already have it around the top of the walls. According to Tim Carter, newspaper columnist and all around handyman, crown molding remains a popular choice for homeowners. Projects involving the use of this material are very detailed oriented however. Using foam crown molding, instead of the traditional wood makes it easier to mold and bend the pieces to fit.
Even the most ill fitting fireplaces can be changed with crown molding. For example, if you have an ultra modern granite tiled fireplace, build a wood cover with sides and a top made of crown molding to give it a traditional look. Painting it a solid white or staining it a darker wooden tone adds to the feel. In the same token, building a similar facade can change an old brick fireplace into something that works well in contemporary design. Options for the finish include tiling it or painting it a shiny black lacquer.
Mantles and Shelves
Even without using crown molding to create a whole new look to the fireplace, using it to build a custom mantle can also bring in some elegance. Staining or painting it to match the other woodwork in the room ties it into the interior design. Doing carvings, etchings or burnings into the wood give it an extra personalized touch. With a few special tools and a little time you can also make decorative shelves to match the mantle to hang on the walls beside it.
Custom picture frames can tie the entire room in together. Large mirrors or artwork can be showcased grandly using picture frames made from the same crown molding you used to make the mantle or surround for your fireplace. Hanging a group of smaller pictures can make just as big of a statement above the mantle. Using smaller versions, or similar styles, of the crown molding to make the frames adds elegance to the overall scheme of your design.
Using the crown molding for other decorative elements in around your fireplace can also help tie the look together. Ideas include incorporating into the front design of your fireplace screen, using it to make a custom fireplace tool set holder. Use smaller pieces of crown molding to cover the two end poles that hold the bar to hang your poker and broom from. Wood plant or statue stands for either side of the fireplace can be made to look like columns when trimmed in crown molding and given a coat of faux stone spray paint.
- Photo Credit Fireplace image by Mistik from Fotolia.com Christmas Stockings by Fireplace image by Mary Beth Granger from Fotolia.com fireplace mantle image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com wood Picture Frame image by janaka Dharmasena from Fotolia.com Column image by Polina Bobrik from Fotolia.com
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