Last weekend, I built a mantel for our fireplace.
This project was years in the making....in my head!
And it took about half a day!
Simple, yet perfect!
Here is the original fireplace to our late 60s house,
totally naked, except for the blue tape I was using for reference
while I was decided on the high and width of the mantel.
(Bosco loves looking outside!)
I followed this tutorial from Shanty to Chic,
changing a few things,
as I wanted a floating beam.
I used 3 pieces of pine: 1 x 5" x 8',
and made a long skinny box (88").
I stained it with Early American.
(you can see the tree I was flocking in the background!)
Surprisingly it looks like it totally belongs!