Do you have a fireplace mantel that you are not happy with? Our large brick fireplace and tiny mantel was outdated. Once I painted the fireplace it looked much better, then I got to work on the mantel. Let me show you how I added a gorgeous rustic mantel!
– two 8′ long 1”x10” pine boards – one 8′ long 1”x4” pine board– 1”x2” scrap boards– two 12″x12″ squares of wood veneer – finishing nails– wood glue– dark walnut stain and rag to apply– 220 grit sandpaper– Hammer or nail gun– Saw
Cut the 10″ boards to the length your finished mantel will be. One of these boards will be the top of the mantel and the other will be the front. Use wood glue and finishing nails to attach the two boards together.
Cut scrap wood into a square to fit snugly into the opening at each end of your mantel.Attach with wood glue and finishing nails. Now you will need to cut a 1” x2” board to fit the small space at the bottom of the mantel on each side. Attach with finishing nails.
This last step is key to helping the mantel look like one slab of wood rather than a bunch of boards nailed together. I attached wood veneer to both ends to cover all of the wood cuts. Then stain the veneer with the same dark walnut stain.
The last step is to attach the new mantel to your fireplace. I removed the wood blocks from the old mantel and attached them to my new mantel using wood glue and nails.Then I fit the mantel into place.