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When, I first started this beast of a project, I knew it would never be complete without a mantel. And then I looked online for mantel tutorials, and there weren't very many of those either. It cost us a fraction of the price of those fancy mantels (we only had to buy a few pieces of wood which cost us about $20-$30 total), and the entire project only took a few hours to complete.
Start with 3 pieces of equal length wood (pre-cut is easiest!) for the front, back, and bottom of your mantle. Get a larger piece of wood (height & width) for the mantle top so that it extends beyond the mantle box on the sides and front. We found a 4" piece of decorative trim (moulding) with several curves that we thought would look nice attached underneath the mantle top to provide some extra detail. We used a mitre box to cut angles to connect the decorative trim on the front and sides of the mantle.
Assemble your wooden mantle starting with the front and back (identical pieces) to the top & bottom.


Also, since Jesse built me a mantel, we will just smile understandingly at the fact that he used my next dresser project as a table to saw stuff on in the spider garage. You can also fill any seams or gaps in the corners of your decorative trim with wood filler. To hang the mantle, Jesse used a free floating mantle mount technique (found here) that you can make yourself with a few bolts and some liquid nails. I hung the mantle before I painted it because Jesse was about to go out of town for the weekend, and this girl needed her mantel hung. Ya'll know I don't do too much wood working on this blog, and the real story is that Jesse built this mantel, while I watched and learned, and then I did what I do best: I painted it. You'll also need 1 short piece the same height as the front & back so that you can cut it to cap the end on both sides of the mantle. We used scrap wood from an old wooden shelf for the sides and bottom, so if you don't have any old wood around, you can buy an extra pine board. Our cuts with the mitre box weren't perfect, so I just filled the gaps with this wood filler and sanded it to match the grooves of the trim.


In a nutshell, you just drill holes into the surface where you're mounting the mantle, screw in heavy duty bolts, cut the heads off the bolts and cover them in liquid nails, and then slide on the mantle. I primed the wood using Zinsser primer (affiliate link) and then painted it with Behr Ultra White in a semi-gloss finish. However, with pine, make sure to pre-drill the holes that you intend on screwing because it will often crack or break if you try to nail it or screw it in directly. You will need to pre-drill holes in the mantle spaced and aligned to the bolts coming from the surface where the mantle is to be mounted.



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