We recently received some stunning photos of a fireplace wall design created by a homeowner using our panels and a great attention to detail. FauxPanels and fireplaces go together like peanut butter and jelly - only if you have small kids, you'll know the panels look a lot better all over your wall! This week we're featuring a project done by customer Jack Millelot that really blew us away - and demonstrated a meticulous attention to detail. Jack's completed fireplace wall is a master-course in attention to detail. From the after photos you can see our Norwich Colorado Stacked Stone panels in realistic Earth hue creating a floor-to-ceiling accent wall -- surrounding a recessed fireplace with a gleaming wood-look mantel in the center. BEFORE Jack very kindly sent us step-by-step photos of his installation - but what really surprised and impressed us were some careful steps he took that went beyond the standard installation. Jack made partial cuts in the panel to make way for the mantel. The first step Jack took was to install his wood-look mantel - which is actually the opposite of how we might recommend it! He mounted his mantel in a similar fashion to how you'd install one of the mantels from our sister site, FauxWoodBeams.com. A mounting strip was drilled into the studs beneath the drywall, and the hollow mantel was then slotted over the strip and secured with nails (we generally recommend screws, but Jack's mantel still looks fantastic.) The mantel was installed flush with the wall. In a regular installation, we'd probably recommend mounting the mantel afterward - especially if it's a hollow or faux wood one - since you can drill right through our panels into the studs beneath, and secure a mounting strip or mounting blocks right on top of the panel surface. Fitting the cut panel around the mantel However, Jack's method worked well too - and gave him an opportunity to impress us with how he then tackled installing a seamless stone surface across the entire wall. The finished fireplace speaks for itself! And just like that - Jack was done! The beautiful clock and candles on the fully-functional mantel really showcased the stone texture; and served to highlight the impact the beautiful fireplace has in the room. It's a stunning project and we're thrilled to feature it on our blog - but even more thrilled that Jack shared the step-by-step installation process he went through so you can see just how much care and attention he invested in his work.