Once that masonry work was done on our fireplace, we needed a new mantle. We decided to make a simple “L” shaped mantle with one flat side laying on top of the current concrete mantle and one hanging down over the new, beautiful stones. Below are the instructions to our DIY Mantle!
Here is an image of the old fireplace and mantle:
Here is a list of supplies needed for a DIY Simple Mantle:
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Step 1: Build Mantle
We found a lumber mill that sold us two 14 feet long pieces of poplar wood for only $60! We chose poplar as the wood for the mantle because when painted, poplar allows for a grain free finish. We nailed and glued the mantle into the “L” shape.
Step 2: Spackle Nail holes
Once the mantle dried overnight we were ready to fill in the nail holes! I used lightweight spackle to fill in all the nail holes. Once the spackle has completely dried you can lightly sand the spackle to a smooth finish
NOTE: If you plan to stain your mantle use wood filler instead of spackle so the holes will look more natural.
Step 3: Sand, Sand, & Sand
Step 4: Paint (or stain)
Note: If you are staining your mantle use an old rag to stain. I really love the Dark Walnut Stain. I recently used this stain color on our DIY Sofa Table (new post to come).
Step 5: Install!
Once the paint dried, we glued the mantle to the original concrete mantle with Liquid Nails Adhesive. Then sat very heavy objects on top to let it dry and cure. After 48 hours we had a finished mantle!!
See our Fireplace Reveal using the mantle we built here!