On Memorial Day I decided to make a 13 hour workday and take the trip to Wichita to install the mantle. Installation had a few minor issues but nothing a little time and a little fine tuning couldn't handle.
The fireplace before the install. Luckily the previous mantle had the blocking installed in the masonry so that helped to anchor the new mantle.
A shot of the future bar area, drywall is done waiting on Ikea cabinets and paint.