So I started out showing you how we added some IKEA Billy Bookcases on either side of the fireplace and how we are attempting to make them look built-in. Then yesterday I showed you how we framed out the fireplace surround and added wood to the fireplace hearth. Well today we are moving onto the mantel. I would have loved to find an old piece of reclaimed wood. But I didn’t have the time or energy to scour the world for what I wanted. I achieved the same look using new wood. While this isn’t a solid wood chunky mantel it is a wood mantel. It is kind of like one of those chocolate bunnies you got in your Easter basket as a child. You took a bite and realized it was hollow inside. Did it make it any less yummy? Nope not one bit. I still ate every last morsel of that chocolate bunny. The same is true of this mantel. It isn’t any less awesome being hollow right?
Then we just built a “U” shape with those boards. The 7” piece being in front of the 11 1/4” pieces. To give it some stability we cut several pieces 9” by 5 1/2” (the 5 1/2” cut is to accomodate a 2” x 4” in the back to hold it in place) and nailed them inside the mantel.
Here my father-in-law is holding the mantel so you can see what it looks like from the back before I stained it.
Once we got this put together I used a large nail and made holes, divots and scratches in the board to make it look older. I also used a hammer to add some dents.
Once stained you can see how it brings out the imperfections.
Then I sanded the rough edges and then wiped it clean. I added Minwax Pre-Wood Conditioner since it was pine. I wiped that off after 10 minutes and then stained it with Minwax Special Walnut. Once dry, I wiped it down and gave it 2 coats of Minwax Wipe-On poly (sanding between coats).
While that was drying we added a 2” x 4” to the back of the wall so we could attach the back of the mantel to it. The bottom would rest on the fireplace surround we built (see yesterday’s post).
Then we started adding stone to the fireplace! When we got up to where the mantel goes we slipped the mantel in place and then nailed the back in place. I love how the wood tones tie into the fireplace hearth wood we added.
Sneak peek (and a reflection of my father-in-law tuckered out from helping me all day Haha!)…
Click here to continue on to read about our AirStone fireplace makeover.
And here are all the posts in this series for easy reference:
Family Room Makeover Part 1: Installing the IKEA Billy Bookcase Built-Ins
Family Room Makeover Part 2: Framing out the Fireplace
Family Room Makeover Part 3: Building a Hollow Rustic Mantel
Family Room Makeover Part 4: AirStone Fireplace Makeover
Family Room Makeover Part 5: Finishing Touches
Family Room Makeover Part 6: Styling the Built-ins
This post was sponsored by Lowes as part of my Lowes Creative Ideas ambassadorship that I have been a part of for the past two years. All opinions are my own.