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New home. Hate the tiny shelves. Want to remove them, put a normal mantle in, and a TV above.

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If you're putting a mantle in there you've got some major work ahead of you, and this is just a minor step. Taking those out is just a matter of chipping away the mortar around them with a suitable tool and cracking them loose. I doubt they have any additional fastening beyond the same mortar that holds the rest of the stone in place.

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    Use caution when removing those pieces and you can use them to fill the holes , the mortar color will be off but their are ways of blending. – Ed Beal Nov 5 '19 at 16:39

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