Faux Mantel with "Fire"

Submitted by Nikki4558 on Mon, 12/30/2013 - 08:46

I was tired of not having a place to hang the Christmas stockings. With no fireplace and no mantel in our 1960's ranch home, I decided to build one myself! It turned out to be one of the easiest projects I've done.

I had Home Depot cut all of the wood for me, so once I got home, I just had to nail it together. The actual building of the mantel took about an hour. Including the sanding, caulking, and painting, it took about four hours total. I also added a piece of faux brick paneling to the back of the mantel.

I made a "fire" using some river rocks and small limbs. I placed them in a circle and added string lights for the "fire" effect.

For more pictures, check out http://deepestoceanblue.com/diy-mantel-and-fake-fire/

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$100
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine
Finish Used
Once finished, I filled all of the nail holes, caulked the seams, and sanded the entire piece. Then I finished it with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

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