Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 17
Rated 4 out of 5Â by parttimehack Looks Sharp Above Fireplace
Pretty good workmanship, looking at the joints, good tight fit, also has a solid look, I lightly stained it to have a natural look. Good architectural detailing. It sits atop of my fireplace, replacing the old mantle. Now that it's up, the rest of fireplace looks dated and I've got another project to tile over the old masonry block. I noticed from other reviewers that the mounting board arrived warped and that was the case for me, too. No matter, I struggled a bit trying to mount it, as I had to used Red Wedges to secure it to the masonry behind the wall. That's not a fault of the product, it's just the construction feature of the home. If you don't have enough open construction (i.e. to see the underlying or hidden structural framing) you'll spend more time being clever to mount the mounting board without damaging or messing up the surrounding area. That said, I spent more time than others on this fairly simple project finding wood studs and then running to the store a few times to get hardware. The instructions do say you can use molly bolts, I wouldn't do it, rather go find the studs or in my case both the wood studs and and using anchor wedges to tie it to the masonry. I've got some pictures of the project, kind of gives you a feel of start to finish, hope it helps. Last note, I had the choice of a 60" or 72" mantle, the smaller would have been similar in size to the original, but personally, the best choice is to go a little bigger (i.e. 72") if you have the space.
January 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by fixiver Very nice overall
It has a smooth finish, ready to stain. For the price, it's a great buy. On the down side, the mounting board that came with it was cheap and bowed, completely unusable.
December 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JimmyDIY Top Quality
We ordered the Berkeley Mantel to use as a long shelf in my daughters room. When the shelf arrived, it was in perfect condition thanks to the several layers of packaging. As for the quality, this mantel is superior. The details are done flawlessly and this shelf is ready to paint (no filler required). Installation is as easy as can be. The mantel comes with a board you attach to the wall. The mantel then slips over the board and an couple nails or screws later, you're done. I highly recommend this product to anyone look for a high-quality mantel or shelf. I am extremely pleased with this product.
February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mm851 Mantel turned out good! Used as Shelf.
I rated it just a little lower on quality because of one spot where you can see where two pieces was joined at the top. I decided best to paint it which I did a dark expresso.
The piece came out looking good (used spray) and mounted easily for me. I had many compliments over the holidays on it.
December 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by chinghui Good product, but....
I bought this shelf mantel to put above my fireplace. I was really excited when I opened the box and tried to install the shelf. However, there is a big chip in the middle of it. Since we really need it and it was a hassle to return it and buy another one again, we decided to keep it and put a thick paint on the shelf try to cover the big chip.
July 21, 2014