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In Search Of A Craftsman Arts & Crafts Fireplace Mantel


I smell a spring project in the air…

Ah, you’ve gotta love the smell of spring. Soft earth beneath your feet. Birds nesting on the porch. And the pleasant idea that it may be safe again to embark on a major project.

For the last several weeks Kathy and I have been talking about how we want to finish the fireplace in our kitchen/dining area. We know that we want to use some of the black walnut that we had to cut down while we were in the process of rebuilding the house. (The black walnut is drying on stickers in the garage where it has been since it was milled almost two years ago.) Now I think we’ve decided that we want to build a true Arts & Crafts style mantel with tile in the area surrounding the fireplace and stone outside the mantel enclosure.

Mantle Idea 1What we’re trying to find now is pictures to give us ideas on how to build the mantel. As yet we’ve been unable to find very many good pictures to help us along. What we’ve found so far are this picture on Our 1916 Craftsman Bungalow‘s site, which 1916 was using to highlight the painting that they wanted to do on their place. Mantle Idea 2The second picture I found by looking for images of Arts & Crafts mantels on Google. The first mantel is beautiful and simple enough that I don’t think I’d have a problem making it, the second is gorgeous and I’d love to see something just like it in my house, but I’m thinking that it’s probably out of my league. Although, on closer inspection, the lines on this mantel and surround are really pretty simple, so maybe it’s not completely out of my league.

What am I looking for? More pictures of Craftsman or Arts & Crafts fireplace trim. to help us figure out what we want to do. Anybody out there who can point me in the right direction feel free to comment me up.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 29th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

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  1. Ron

    29 Mar 07 at 3:57 pm

  2. I’ve got a few mantel books at home. Send me an email reminder and I can tell you the Titles, I used them when I recently built my custom mantel (you can see pictures at my site).


    29 Mar 07 at 4:24 pm

  3. Paul Duchscherer’s books “Inside the Bungalow” and “Bungalow Basics: Fireplaces” have some lovely photos, as does Jane Powell’s “Bungalow Details: Interior.” I would think you would be able to find them at your library. If not, they have used copies available through and

    I wish I had a good photo of my fireplace I could share with you. It isn’t tiled (I wish it was!) but I think the style would be lovely with tile. The mantle actually has two levels – one that melts into the tops of the built-in bookshelves on either side of the fireplace, and a smaller freestanding one beneath it – I think it’s a really nifty little detail. For some reason, I just don’t have a good photo of it. I do have one from before we moved in before we fixed it up and that shows the mantle detail, although everything else looks terrible! Sorry – it’s a bad picture. I’ll try to remember to take another so you can make out the detailing better, but I think it would be simple to build – it’s really just two shelves with supports underneath.

    Another thing you could try, if you haven’t already is Google Images. If you go to, like you’re doing a web seach, and then click on images, and type in “bungalow fireplace”, rather than coming back with a list of web sites, it will come back with pages and pages of photos of fireplaces. :-)


    31 Mar 07 at 1:15 pm

  4. Thanks all! I appreciate the help here!


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  7. Beautiful fireplace and love the crown molding! Will you share what the crown molding is?

    Thanks!!!! We are redoing our living room and need to do the mantel and the crown molding. Have been searching for just the right one and i think this is it.


    17 Jan 10 at 9:40 pm

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