You can create your own custom homemade fireplace mantel all from scratch. You can read about how the homeowners attached a vintage mantel to a bookshelf to create a faux fireplace that was both dimmensional and functional. I excitedly showed Julie our new mantel and, true to form, the first words out of her mouth were simply it needs another layer.” Doh! You can browse through a gallery of fireplace mantels here to get some ideas on how you would like yours to look.
When we got to the top, we had a small space left and AirStone is nearly impossible to cut lengthwise, so we added a small strip of molding to paint white later. It was my first time using it, and it was really handy and made it easy to cut the real wood molding right the first time. I really wanted my DIY Wood Mantel to have the appearance of a distressed wood beam.
I made an arbitrary mark on the floor at each end of the bump out, just beyond the projected face of the mantel. I didn’t include measurements in this post since your measurements will depend on the mantel you use as well as the size of your room. We decided how wide we wanted the plank wall to be (big enough to incorporate that monstrous TV that Robert is bonkers for).
We had thought about cutting a couple of holes in the carpet underneath to anchor it to the floor but decided it wouldn’t be necessary with all of the weight of the fireplace itself. As for the holes, you’ll definitely want to patch everything but if you build the mantel right, you can hide everything and won’t have to worry about blending textures. I’m in the home of a buddy of mine, Scott, who’s a fairly avid woodworker and he created this whole fireplace mantel for less than $75.00 in materials. You’ve worked too hard building your fireplace to install appliques with poor resolution.
When attaching to tile/marble, use construction adhesive since you can’t nail the mantel through tile. Here’s a guide showing what kind of wood we used for each section of the mantel which will hopefully help in your quest for building your own mantel. If you have sentimental items that will be displayed on your mantel, be sure they will fit on the horizontal mantel shelf. National codes require at least 6 inches of clearance all around the firebox and an additional 1 inch for every ⅛ inch a mantel protrudes from the surface; local codes might be stricter.
Bring the barn wood inside to weather the mantel of the fireplace in a rustic great room. With the breastplate and legs nailed together, we attached our 2×6 nailers” to the face of the fireplace. Mortar doesn’t have structural strength, so you want to avoid attaching the shelf to the mortar. Because fireplace sizes and types vary so much, use the components and dimensions of this project as a starting point rather than a specific guide.
If you’re not comfortable with building a fireplace surround from scratch yourself (or if you don’t have a retired contractor and woodworker on call like we do), another mid-range budget option would be to enlist the help of a local woodworker. These screws should be roughly 16 inches apart.Fasten the mantel to the cleats along the top shelf and along the two legs. The fireplace shelf will hold various novelties, picture frames, and other decorative items. A fireplace surround consists of columns attached to either side of the mantle.
After placing the bottom section, you can start building up the sides and working towards the top of the fireplace surround. If you’d like to try to build your own wood mantel, be sure to adjust the measurements for your space. Use the brad nailer to attach decorative molding to the exposed edges of the plinth blocks where they meet the surround. If you want to tackle a mantel like this without detailed plans, then don’t hesitate to ask for help along the way. It will stretch a good amount (which makes it great for clamping), plus, it’s cheap.
You’ll be hard pressed to find plans for a mantel like this or any other molding pattern you find on our blog. Level the cleats with shims and secure the new mantel to the top of the old mantel with finish nails. You’ll enjoy reviewing the dozens of classic fireplace mantel designs that include English Traditional, Country French, Victoria, Art Nouveau, Classical French, Neopclassical and more.
Maybe people just don’t build their own mantels or something, but I found absolutely nothing online about it. No how-to. Our fireplace did not have a surround so we are going to adhere our new marble surround directly to the brick. If you want a fireplace mantel shelf that has a light brown color , maple is the right choice for you. Vertical boards running up the side of the firebox and secured to the wall support the architrave and shelf.
This way I could build it as a veneer (3 sided beam that hangs on the same 2×4), the weight would be much less so I wouldn’t have to worry about it being too heavy for the existing mounts, and I could make it for less than $50 which I was most excited about. The even placement at just the right height over the fireplace will ensure professional results.