Paul is currently remodeling our front living area (where the new fireplace is). One of the features that we are keeping – apart from using the century-old bricks from the original fireplace – is the mantle that was on the fireplace. We don’t know if the mantle was original to the house or if it was added during a later remodel.
Looking at the mantle straight on, you’d never know there was anything “wrong” with it.
However, while it is down, waiting for us to clean it up and reinstall it, the darn thing is driving me CRAZY.
It is an absolutely beautiful piece; unfortunately, whoever built it didn’t have the first clue about carpentry – the top piece is deeper on one end than the other, and the supports for the top piece don’t line up with each other on the bottom piece. It’s really weird.
But like Paul said, we’ve been looking at the thing for almost 30 years and never knew that it was all cattywampus, so it’ll be fine.
I’m thinking of taping a dated letter in a Ziploc bag on the back of the mantle so that the next family that does a remodel won’t think that Paul was the bad carpenter…. 😛