Remember the Faux Brick Exposed Chimney, I posted? Remember how I said that would be part 1 to the makeover?? and how this was going to add loads of character in our 1980’s bedroom?
Well…welcome to part 2!
Exciting right? Well…I know I am excited. Not only do I have a centerpiece to our Master Bedroom now, but it feels like something I stole right from a Vintage space and placed it right here. The best part it cost less than $150!!! Woohoo…those vintage Mantels usually start around $400, or at least the ones I’ve seen.
This project started out with a lovely little sketch. The sketch turned into me taking the measurements and picking out the wood. Love my man, but he left me alone on this one. He couldn’t get inside my brain and it was up to me to figure out the cuts and measurements…as long as he did the cuts (in our very cold New Jersey garage) and put it together for me. This point in the project he likes to call me “Heidi” Do you have any clue where that’s from? You probably do if you’re a big 90’s fan like us. Remember the heart throb JTT? oh yea it’s connecting now…Home Improvment. I’m the blonde helper on “Tool Time”. Not gonna lie Dan does a pretty good Tim Allen impression (hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-ha).
So back to the assembling of the mantle. Since we had the Brick Chimney we had to work around it so that the sides were covered as well. If you have plans on making your own mantel without the “chimney” this will be much easier. You can create the box so it is even on all sides. Considering, we had to work around it…this step took a little more thought. This being so, the top of the mantel is done in 3 pieces. The long strip of wood on top and the two short pieces that are the same width of the brick but match together with the front piece.
The idea to creating the frame is coming up with a box…and using your desired measurements. Make sure to assemble with liquid nails, and finishing nails to create a secure piece. Once the box is completed the mantle will look less of a mantle and more of a very plain shape. Don’t doubt it yet…here’s what mine looked like.