So, in my last apartment I had (non-working) fireplace and I missed having one in my condo. I realized you could buy mantels online and ordered this one (thanks @mantelsdirect!), put it together, painted it white, and then my dad was like, "Mom and I have a box of fake bricks" from a kitchen reno (circa 1980), for a fake exposed-brick look. So he hung a wood board under the mantel, added some mortar (which didn't end up working with the brick, but left a nice gray stain behind), then added the brick. I call it my "fauxer-place." Fake it till you make it, guys.
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