|Project by squaredwobble||posted 09-17-2016 04:04 AM||842 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
After moving into our new place, we wanted to paint the fireplace from the whitish-pink color it was, to a more darker color. We also wanted to add a mantel above the fireplace, so I said “Hey, I’ll make one!” We painted the bricks a midnight color, left the trim of the fireplace brass, went down to the big box store and grabbed a couple of 1” x 10” boards, a 2” x 6”, some hinges, and some masonry anchors. We wanted a fairly simple looking mantel so we stuck with the rectangular box shape. The total dimensions of the mantel is 4’ wide, 8” deep, and 6” tall. During the design process (I use Sketchups all the time), I figured I could add a little sumptin’ sumptin’...if you know what I mean, hence, the hinges. I used those magnetic locks for kids on the door so nothing can be seen and it looks like a regular plain mantel. The interior space also helped me mount it to the brick wall. I was going to use a french cleat, but things changed, so I went with the punches. It is stained with 2 to 3 coats of dark walnut and finished with a spray lacquer. I like it!
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