Over the years we've discussed a mantel for the porch fireplace. November 2012, we decided we are definitely not getting any younger and made the decision to get going on the project.
Of course there were a couple of little glitches; weather, time, and health.
The first week of February 2013 the project got underway.
The porch is protected, so we decided to give water based stain a try. We'll see how that goes, for now.