Our family room mantel was pretty boring. What better way to add some visual interest than a DIY rustic floating beam!
DIY Rustic Beam Mantel
Solid beams are expensive and difficult to secure so I made a DIY faux beam to fit this underwhelming fireplace.
First, I took my measurements.
I needed three boards to fit around the existing brackets and two pieces for the ends. I determined my measurements and had my lumber cut to size at the hardware store.
I used wood glue and finishing nails to attach the boards. A few sets of hands makes it easier but clamps will do the trick.
While the glue dried, I gathered tools to distress the wood. Hammers, screw heads, chisels and chains work great. Add as many gouges, worm holes and dents as you like.
I gave the entire beam a good sanding with 220 grit then removed all the dust with a damp rag.
I used Golden Oak for the stain and applied two coats. Be liberal with stain so it gets into the distressed marks and wipe excess off after 5-10 minutes.
Too keep the wood looking natural, I sealed it with a finishing wax.
The faux beam fit perfectly over the brackets and I secured it in place with just a couple of screws.