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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Thank goodness, somehow, it all went smoothly and according to plan.
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!
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!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely weekend!!!
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