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Because I wanted my mantel to look rough hewn, I actually looked for lumber that already had some marks, knots, cracks, etc. I then used 150-grit sandpaper to sand away the edges of the veneer so that it would blend into the other pieces and give the appearance of one solid piece of wood. The finished product is a chunky wood mantel that adds warmth to the room, and breaks up the large expanse of brick.
Rough hewn corbels could be added to give the mantel an even chunkier, more substantial look.
The front piece of wood should have been 2 inches longer to hide the edges of the two side pieces. I was so excited at this point, I did a dry fit, to make sure mantle cap fit over the existing brick mantle.
Once I knew everything fit together nicely, I went ahead and added wood screws, because the finishing nails will pop out easily. BONUS: This DIY Wood Mantel fit over the brick mantel so snugly, it required no anchoring or gluing. Filed Under: DIY Projects Tagged With: DIY, DIY Wood Mantel, Home Decor, MantelAbout Sherri Reyes…just a small town girl, on a mission to rescue and re-home neglected and unwanted furniture! When you were talking about a mantel, I couldn't really envision it, but I whole-heartedly agree with your choice.
I am about to start this project but I can’t find the wood veneer that THIN anywhere.
I’ve been wanting to do this to our mantel and never even thought to add the veneer to the ends.
I made the mistake of cutting all 3 pieces to the same length, but you’ll need one piece of lumber 2 inches longer across the front of the mantel, to hide the side pieces. So my little partner, Noah and I used hammers, screw drivers and chains to mark and scar the wood. But I was hoping for a more finished look, and I wanted the mantel to look more like one big chunk of wood.
If you’d like to try to build your own wood mantel, be sure to adjust the measurements for your space.