DIY: Fireplace Mantel

Once upon a time, our old house was equipped with a gas fireplace (possibly double sided). Somewhere along the way, one owner decided that a Wall Heater would serve the needs of his family best. So, he removed the fireplace and replaced it with a wall heater and added a second wall heater in the hallway.

Now, as the owners of this house, we have decided to remove the wall heaters and add an electric fireplace (restoring what used to be). Early this year we purchased a Wall Mount Electric Fireplace and we decided to build a Mantel around it. So, after much procrastination, we decided to buy the necessary supplies to start building. That was on Friday. Yesterday, I started cutting and putting the pieces together. Today, I filled in the holes and cracks with plaster and sanded it down in preparation for painting. They are still a couple more minor things to do before it’s finished; however, you can see what it will look like from the picture below.

Vintage Wall Sconce Corbel & Raw Maple Corbel.

Vintage Wall Sconce Corbel & Raw Maple Corbel.

The White Vintage Wall Scone was purchased a couple of months ago in Downtown Pomona, at the Pomona Antique Mart. The Raw Maple Corbel was from Lowe’s. Though we love each pair of sconce equally, the Vintage Sconce stood out the most and complimented the Fireplace beautifully.

Materials/Tools Needed:

  • Wire Brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure
  • Chop Saw
  • Router & Bits
  • Paintbrush, Tape, Paint or Spray Paint for the Mantel
  • Plaster
  • Stud Finder
  • Drill, Drill-bits and Wood Screws
  • Clamps (for holding the wood in place)
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Black heat-resistant paint for the firebox
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Ornamental door Molding
  • Wall Sconce Corbel

Step by step:

DIY Fireplace Mantel (Step by Step).

DIY Fireplace Mantel (Step by Step).

DIY Fireplace Mantel.

The two sides have shelves to hold DVDs and CDs measuring 8 inches wide by 11 inches deep and 34 inches high. The opening is 32 inches wide by 26 inches tall. overall it stands 60 inches wide, over 12 inches deep and about 36 inches tall.

DIY Fireplace Mantel.

DIY Fireplace Mantel.

DIY Fireplace Mantel.

DIY Fireplace Mantel.

I used Krylon Brushed Metallic Paint (Sparkling Canyon) spray paint for the Fireplace Mantel. If you are interested on making your own, do not hesitate to contact me for the plans on this build.



2 thoughts on “DIY: Fireplace Mantel

  1. Sana

    Hello! I know this is an old post, but I am definitely interested in making a mantel/faux fireplace for my home. I have no idea where to start and what you’ve come up with is both beautiful and functional! I’d love to hear the steps you took in creating such a piece.
    Thanks!
    -Sana

    • EPEngineer

      Hello Sana,

      Kindly forgive my late response. I hope by now you must have figured out the step by step instructions to my tutorial. I didn’t specify my measurement for the simple reason that someone may prefer a smaller or larger fireplace. However, the numbered pictures should guide you in designing yours. The most important part of building your own fireplace (or starting anything from scratch) is to have a plan. Start by drawing it out. I already had the fireplace insert and so it was just a matter of building around it. If you have something else in mind, then based on your needs you can start that way.

      Feel free to contact me for questions and concerns.

      Regards,
      Ed.

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