My mother in law recently decided to update her living room and trusted Nate and I to give her fireplace a little face lift. In order to achieve the look she wanted, we built her a new wood mantel!
First, I painted her fire place Valspar bistro white in an eggshell finish.
Essentially, we just wrapped her existing mantel top with wood.
For the top piece we used a 1x12. We measured and cut that to size, then nailed it into the existing mantel top using 1 1/2” brad nails.
Next we measured each side and nailed a 1x6 to the top piece of wood once they were cut to size.
Next we measured the front portion of the mantel. We cut a 1x6 to size and nailed it to the front of the mantel.
Using wood filler, we filled the holes and cracks joining each piece together.
We then sanded it down until it was smooth. Wiped it free of dust and particles. Then stained the wood filler to match the wood. It’s stained in Provincial by Minwax.
To finish it off we sealed it with three coats of matte polycrilic.
If you choose to do this project, your measurements will be different than ours, however the same process can be used.