Turning a Pallet Into a Faux Mantle

4 Materials
3 Hours

When we bought and planned on renovating our 1830 farmhouse, I had high hopes that we'd find a hidden mantle behind a wall just like you see on HGTV. Well, jokes on me because that just didn't happen. The only thing we found was a tin can, some nuts & lots of cobwebs.

I knew, I still wanted that fireplace & mantle to come to fruition so I decided to DIY a faux mantle using all things I had at home.

Step 1: Measure & get supplies

First thing I did was measure how high I wanted it to be from the top of the floor trim to the bottom of the light switch and then got a measurement of how wide it needed to be.

I then began to dis-assemble the pallet I had. This was the longest part. I used a nail puller, pry bar, screw driver & hammer to make it happen. Once I had all of the pieces disassembled, I picked the best looking pieces to utilize for this project.

Step 2: Lay out the framework

I then made cuts using my miter saw to make the look I was going for. The back of the "legs" was two pieces side to side and then I put a third on top for a trim look and to cover the seam. That third piece was cut a little bit short to line up with the trim of the mantle and the legs were much longer to be a backing for the mantle to nail into.

The mantle was made from one piece cut to the width and then I ripped another piece using my table saw in half to create a ledge. For the actual mantle, I found a scrap piece of pine 1x6 that worked perfect.

Step 3: Assemble

I Used wood glue to glue all of the connected pieces together (pictures is the backing/legs in which everything was connected to) After wood gluing, I attached all the cross pieces using my air nailer. The mantle 1x6 I decided to screw in using 3/4 inch wood screws for a stronger assembly.

This fireplace cannot stand on it's own and was made to simply attach to a wall as a faux floating fireplace.

Step 4: The backing

I used scrap paneling from home depot as my backing. I simply painted this white and then air nailed it into the opening where a "fire" would normally be. I attached the entire project to my wall using drywall screws. I wasn't afraid of making any holes as this room is the original plaster and lathe and eventually we will be renovating it and installing drywall.

I love the way it looks and how it warmed up this space. For more inspiration and DIYS be sure to follow me on instagram!


Suggested materials:

  • 1 Pallet (Disassembled)   (Free on side of road)
  • Leftover Faux Brick Paneling   (Home Depot)
  • White Paint   (Home Depot)
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  • Gayle Gayle on Oct 29, 2020

    Love it!!! And did you make the wreath to... ???💖💝💗


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  • Lindsay Mary Lindsay Mary on Nov 21, 2020

    Do you have to go in store for leftover paneling? I’m just wondering bc I can’t seem to find it on there!!! And I see you made this beautiful mantle!!! I, too, LOVE crafting with pallets!!! This is very inspiring and I want to try to make one!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Hi Lindsay!!! Thank you!! You should make one, it was a very easy build and I love it!!

    I found this leftover paneling from another project but Home Depot and Lowe's sell small 2x4 and 4x8 pieces at the store in their project panel section. This was solid red brick but I painted it all white.