I built a mantle! Finally! A year after we ripped the old one down I built a new one and now I cannot quit touching it! I am in love!!! It was so easy that I am mad we waited a year to do it.
Aaron normally does all the building projects with Dad but this was my brain child so Aaron let me do it. It cost us around $35 and took around an hour to build. Staining was a few days process with letting it dry and Aaron is giving it four coats of polyurethane as I sit here dreaming about how in love I am.
We used this tutorial from Addicted2Decorating and I am really happy with it. I didn’t add the veneer on the ends because I was happy with how it looked without it however I could add that down the road at any point if I so choose. Our house is a 1960’s ranch so I wanted something simple and honestly anything was better than the old mantle.
This whole process started when my dad ripped the old mantle off and I white washed the brick. You will notice I also painted the old gold grate thing as well. That I used high heat Rustoleum paint. I need to touch up a few places but I love the change.
Here are a few shots in progress.
It is now stained, polyuithaned and hung!!!! I cannot wait to get home to see it with my own eyes. Oh yeah to decorate the junk out of it! I love mantels just because it is another place for me to be creative!
Have you built anything lately that you are in love with? Seriously, I just want to go home and pet it for hours. I wish it would have been done before Christmas but regardless it will look great for Valentine’s day!