We made some modifications by adding a hearth for additional height (the room we have it in is very large and open) and joining 2x4s for the mantel and base which I stained grey for contrast. We decided to use thin brick for in the "firebox" to make it look more realistic. We also have a newborn and spent over two months putting it together a little at a time in our free moments so I'm not sure how long it would actually take to do at once, but cutting and putting up the brick was very time consuming.
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
White paint, Minwax "Classic Grey" stain
Recommended Skill Level
Seasonal And Holiday