We wanted to have a mantel for hanging the Christmas stockings this year and this fit perfectly! We modified the plans a bit by substituting 1x6's for the sides and a 1x12 on the top in order to gain a little more shelf space and to accommodate the LED fire logs. We added a piece of plywood painted black to mask the color of the wall and to give the "flames" a surface to reflect off of. We are debating giving a more realistic appearance by covering with mortar and brick tiles rubbed with charcoal. Thanks for the plan and for making these holidays special as the kids now believe Santa has a chimney to come down!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$80
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
White pine
Finish Used
Minwax botanical green stain with cottage white paint wash
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner