I determined that John & Alice’s fireplace called for a mantel after all. So I gained a mantel to look adore a rough hewn chunk of wood.
I’m truly delighted I changed my thoughts and determined to include a mantel. I believe this mantel includes some fairly called for warmth to the fireplace wall. (And no, I still haven’t painted the screen. I blacked out the brass for the initial picture to ensure that it wouldn’t be distracting.)
The mantel likewise aids to damage up the towering height of the brick. And when the mantel is decorated, the impact of the brick will certainly be low also more.
Of course, the actual thing…a actual chunk of wood that size…can easily expense anywhere from $200 for the a lot of basic, up to numerous hundred dollars. So naturally, I chose to make my own. It came in simply under $25.
The construction was fairly simple…1” x 8” pieces of lumber, reduce to 6 feet long, then a couple of pieces for the ends.
I’m truly delighted along with exactly how it turned out, and can’t wait to decorate it!
Even free of it decorated yet (and along with the screen still unpainted), this fireplace has actually definitely come a long way!
Want to construct your very own rough hewn wood mantel? Here’s how…
*These components and instructions are for a mantel that measures 8″ x 8″ x 6′ wide. You’ll have to make adjustments if your mantel should be wider or narrower.
Because I preferred my mantel to look rough hewn, I in fact looked for lumber that currently had some marks, knots, cracks, etc.
Using my miter saw, I reduce my 8-foot piece of 1″ x 8″ lumber down to 6 feet, to ensure that I had 3 pieces that were each 6 feet long. I after that used a random assortment of tools to distress the wood.
After the wood was distressed, I stained each of the 3 6-foot pieces of 1″ x 8″ lumber. The stain truly brought out every one of the distress markings that I had made.
With the front, sides, and ends of each piece stained, I after that stood 2 pieces on their edges, and placed one piece on top, as revealed below. Utilizing wood glue and my nail gun, I secured the boards with each other as shown.
I after that used the piece of 1″ x 8″ lumber that I reduce off of the 8-foot piece to reduce smaller sized pieces for the ends. This reduce measured 5 11/16″. (Double inspect your very own measurements. Please don’t go by my measurements free of measuring.) I secured these pieces to the ends Utilizing wood glue and my nail gun.
I stained the end, and clamped it while the glue dried.
At this point I was prepared to hang the mantel. This brick fireplace previously had a crown moulding/corbel mantel on it, which was installed on these 2″ x 4″ pieces of lumber in the brick. I used these exact same stabilizes for the brand-new mantel. along with the open spine to the fireplace, I slipped the brand-new mantel over the stabilizes and secured it in position along with a couple of complete nails through the leading of the mantel and in to the 2″ x 4″ supports.
At that point, the mantel looked adore this. I could have actually opted to leave it adore this, and it would certainly have actually been fine. However I was hoping for a much more finished look, and I preferred the mantel to look much more adore one sizable chunk of wood.
So I used pieces of wood veneer to cover the ends. The wood veneer I had came along with adhesive currently on the back. I merely had to peel away the protective paper and stick it in to place.
Using a utility knife along with a brand-new (fairly sharp) blade, I reduce away the excess veneer.
I after that used 150-grit sandpaper to sand away the edges of the veneer to ensure that it would certainly mix in to the various other pieces and offer the appearance of one sturdy piece of wood.
And finally, I stained the ends, then applied polyurethane to the whole mantel.
Here is a see of the various other end, executed precisely the exact same way. The corner on this end had a dented corner, so I reduce the veneer accordingly.
The finished product is a beefy wood mantel that includes warmth to the room, and breaks up the huge expanse of brick.
And after every little thing is dry, the enjoyable section can easily begin…the decorating!
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