DIY Fireplace Mantel

Happy, happy Friday!!!

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and Fall is undoubtedly upon us! I’m sure you can’t have missed that it has absolutely exploded in the bloggy world too! Having begun this blogging journey last Spring, I haven’t had the opportunity to experience a change in season aside from Summer, which was consistently referred to as the slow time of year for bloggers. Wait just a minute … S-L-O-W?! In the thick of it all I remember thinking that if Summer was slow, then I was in BIG trouble come Fall! I feel like this blogging journey has been the steepest learning curve that I’ve had to face in quite some time and it’s been far more challenging than I ever expected it would be. At the same time, you must know that I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! I’m transforming our home, making a ton of new friends and it’s really all been SO incredibly fun and rewarding! I must say that coming into Fall as a blogger for the first time has been absolutely exhilarating! The energy in the blogging world is truly amazing to me and I completely understand what everyone meant about our slow Summer now. I’ve never before seen such an explosion of inspiration and excitement from SO many people all at once and it’s really got me thinking about how AHHHHMAZING Christmas is going to be this year! Anyway, my point is (I swear I have a point!): All of this excitement about Fall has totally overshadowed all of the fabulous projects I had been planning for our house. We’ve done our duty and tackled some of the biggies before Winter, which I’ll be sure to share with y’all through the next few weeks, but I’m absolutely dying to get going on all things Fall!!! So prepare yourselves my friends, for two weeks (maybe even three if things get really crazy!) of cozy Fall themed projects that are sure to get you as excited about this beautiful time of year as I am!!!

As promised, we’ve been incredibly busy behind the scenes and I’ve got loads of projects to share! Because I’ve been searching for the time to sit down and write this post for over a week now and I couldn’t possibly make myself wait another day to share it with you, I’m going to skip my Favorite Things Friday this week to share something equally as cool (in my humble opinion)!

Check our new fireplace mantel! And just in time for the holidays!!!
DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains
So, here’s how we did it:

We started by measuring the wall space left between the rocks of our fireplace, which was just shy of 10 inches. We were picturing a big, square beam, but we weren’t super keen on the look of the mantle sticking out the 10 inches from the wall to make it all square, so we decided to scale it back to only 8 inches from the wall instead. We eyeballed a length that we thought we would like, which was 7 feet for us.

With all of these measurements, Brady got to cutting the wood and assembling the 3 long sides of our “box” with a bit of wood glue and some finishing nails.

DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains
Brady then nailed a piece of wood inside either end to complete the “box” look. We plastered over the nail holes and any imperfect edges with some polly wall fill to level it all up.

DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains
We decided to “dry mount it” before painting it just to make sure that everything was going to work. That way we weren’t risking mucking up the perfect paint! Brady mounted a board just shy of the length of the entire mantle (about 52 1/2 inches). He mounted it 3/4 inch down from the bottom of that top section of rocks because the boards we used to make the box were 3/4 of an inch thick, which should make it meet up perfectly with the rocks.

DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains
Thank goodness, somehow, it all went smoothly and according to plan.

DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains
So, back down to the garage it went for a coat of primer and two coats of paint. We chose to use the same white as our trim, Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.

Finally it was time to mount this baby on our fireplace for good! With just a couple of screws through the top into that mounted board inside, and a bit of mud and paint to cover the holes, we had ourselves a beautiful new mantel! I cannot believe we’ve lived here almost a year without a fireplace mantel! And it was SO easy to make!!! At least we’ll have somewhere to hang our stockings this Christmas!

DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains

DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains

DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains

DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains

DIY Fireplace Mantle :: making it in the mountains
We would have loved to use some sort of reclaimed wood beam, and maybe someday we will, but I’m pretty thrilled with what we were able to come up with all on our own! I cannot wait to decorate it up with all sorts of fun Fall crafts next week!!!

What do you think? Much better than that empty whole I’d say and for less than $25!

Before & After
Wishing you SUCH a lovely weekend!!!

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58 thoughts on “DIY Fireplace Mantel

  1. Well, I enjoy most everything you do and I hate to be negative, but think the color is too much of a stark change…perhaps paint a lighter tone found in the stone, or add a tinted wax, or distressing the mantel, might help. But hey, whatever makes you happy, it’s your lovely home and your journey…

    1. Thank you for your advice Linda! Painting it white wasn’t my first choice – we originally wanted to make a wooden beam look, but found it difficult to make it all look like one piece of wood, so in the end we decided to paint it. I’ve actually thought about distressing it, but haven’t decided for sure – I think we’ll live with it like this for a while and see if that urge to distress it grows. Thanks again!

  2. Kristi, I think you should always keep it white. You will never have to limit your decorating decisions. Great job! Can’t wait to see what you do with it at Christmas. I just love how you decorate for Christmas!

    1. Awwww, thank you SO much Karen!!! You’re absolutely right, it will be SO easy to decorate around white! And it will make everything really pop! With the move last year, we didn’t do much for Christmas aside from the tree, so this year I’m just dying to make up for it! xo

  3. Wow, this fireplace mantel looks lovely! It definitely adds a focal point to the fireplace, and who doesn’t love a good mantel to decorate for the holidays? Looks great!

  4. I LOVE how this turned out! Your fireplace design is awesome and the stones are gorgeous. Your new mantel makes the perfect accent to it! Can’t wait to see how you style it 🙂

  5. Looks beautiful! We just bought a house that has a beautiful fireplace, but no mantel! I never even thought putting one in would be possible. This gives me a good place to start, thanks so much!

    1. Awww, well thank you! It was SO much easier than we thought it would be, I still can’t believe we waited so long to try it! Definitely looking forward to filling it up with all sorts of holiday swag!

  6. This is actually pretty similar to what we want to do but we have to reface our entire fireplace and I am still trying to convince hubby to life it off the floor. I think a hearth would be so much better. Love yours and great job.

    1. I never would have thought it would matter, but I LOVE having a hearth! Not only is it fab to decorate, but it’s such a nice spot to perch when we have a lot of friends over, or just to warm up in front of the fire. We often lay our gloves out there after a big ski day and it’s actually our little guy’s favorite spot to sit and read stories! Who knew there would be so many memories on a hearth?! Good luck with your reno Rachel – I’m sure that no matter what you decide, it’ll look fantastic!!!

    1. Awwwww, thank you SO much Jenna!!! It really has made SUCH a huge difference! I can’t wait to fill it up with all sorts of pretty holiday decor now!!!

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