Holiday Fireplace

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:54

After living in a house with a fireplace for 7 years, we recently moved to a house without one. When unpacking the Christmas box, our boys asked where we would hang our stockings this year and that got me thinking about how much I'd like a mantle for the holidays. After searching online, I found Ana's plan (of course she has one!) and scaled it down to fit the one small open wall in our living room. I didn't trust myself to cut an even arch, so I used an idea from another brag post and added architectural elements with leftover 1x2 & 1x3 to a 1x10 (which was a better size for our scaled down version) Lastly, I knew I wanted a chalkboard backing, but having no scrap plywood, I covered a large piece of cardboard with chalkboard contact paper and tacked it on the back before installing. Super happy with how it turned out and look forward to using it for many years to come! 

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$100 (only because we recently moved and didn't have much scrap wood)
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
pine and cedar
Finish Used
Clear polyurethane on top and body color Valspar paint in Lost Atlantis
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner