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This was my project today. As a little background, I am prepping to remodel the upstairs which has 2 bedrooms and a full bath. A future remodel of the downstairs includes removal of a load bearing wall between the kitchen and living room. Accordingly, I am having the wall removed and new beam installed prior to going upstairs. Outside of this common wall, the only other rational place for the TV is either on a table, or mounted to the wall above the fireplace. A table would either block the fireplace, or be in front of a window - therefore, mounted it is... Looking at the "before" pic, the TV would have nearly touched the ceiling! Might have been watchable from a recliner, but probably for no more than 30 minutes at a time and I would have been asleep... So, I removed the existing mantle and used the pattern to make a new "shelf" which is a good bit lower. TV is up and placement is ok with SWMBO. The fireplace now has a small electric insert. I am not real happy with this, but it will last until I remodel the downstairs. Something I learned while doing this project... it is better to have the shelf and TV align with the bricks than be perfectly level! I had to hang that shelf twice learning that!!! Also, I have not decided on whether to put some brackets under the shelf. Probably give that some thought while watching TV some night. Cal