Wood Beam Mantel DIY

2 Hours
We created this wood beam mantel for only $30. Even better...it only took around 2-3 hours to complete. This has been one of my favorite DIY projects to date.
Here is what our living room looks like after our making over our fireplace surround, painting the walls and removing the popcorn ceilings.
This is what the room looked like when we first moved in. I love brick, but I didnt like the tones is this particular variety.
This is what the fireplace looked like after whitewashing the brick using a 3 parts water : 1 part paint ratio. I had to do about 2 coats of the mixture.

In my opinion, the fireplace was still lacking warmth and character. So, we decided to wrap the existing mantel in wood.
For the wood, we used economical, common board. This really kept the cost of this project down.
Once the common board was installed, I stained the board with a dark walnut wood stain. I love how the wood added rustic charm and warmth to our living room. To view the full tutorial, visit http://designingvibes.com/wood-beam-mantel-diy/
Erica Van Slyke
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  • Nadine Nadine on Dec 06, 2015
    The mantel adds so much warmth. The finishing touches always make a difference. The new stain on the mirror also makes it pop. Love the new border around the drapes. How did you do the drapes?

  • Kathy Kathy on Dec 06, 2015
    Such a simple change that instantly warms up the room. Nicely done! I'm hoping to do the same this year. Did you clean the brick before whitewashing it?

  • Stacy Stacy on Dec 18, 2020

    Is your tv mounted directly to the fireplace?

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  • Pat whitmus Pat whitmus on Dec 07, 2015
    My husband stuck on "natural" too. But when i painted our older wood cabinets white I got so many compliments. Jeanette...go for it! Be happy! :)

  • Susan Rawlings Susan Rawlings on Feb 03, 2016
    It does look so much better with the wood beam covering some of the "rougher" looking brick.