You can make this DIY mantel with scrap wood in the garage and some decorative pieces from Architectural Depot.
This tutorial will take you step-by-step on how to put this together.
Scrap Wood & Boards (measurements below)
Steps For This DIY Mantel
- Start with the “shell” of the mantel. We based our measurements on the scrap wood we had. We had 7, 1x4s that needed cut down to 1.5″.
- Once we had 7, 1.5″ pieces, we cut these lengths: 4 – 40″ pieces, 2 – 28″ pieces, and 15 – 4.5″ pieces. As we cut boards we were using in this build, we sanded them as well.
- All the pieces were cut for the shell. We used a nail gun to put it together.
- The photo below shows the shell together.
- Time to create the back.
- We used two longer boards for the sides and a shorter board in the middle.
- We used the shell to mark where the boards needed cut.
- The table saw cut the boards to size.
- Once cut, we used our pocket hole kit to create four holes on the middle board where we would attach it to the two side boards.
- We screwed them together and the back was done.
- The measurements for our back panels are: sides – 11.25″ wide, 40″ tall, and the middle piece is 22.75″ wide and 11.75″ tall.
- Next, we screwed the “shell” to the back.
- Here it is together.
- Now, the mantel top.
- We measured, cut, and secured a board to the top.
- We used paintable caulk to fill in corners, edges, and any gaps to give it all a seamless look.
- Next, we started on the top of the mantel.
- To “raise” the top of the mantel to fit the decorative pieces from Architectural Depot, we created a “box” and screwed it to that top board we just added.
Always keep scrap wood for other projects!
- Then, we used a thick board that we had in our daughter’s room at one point. This was the perfect board to use to create thicker mantel top. We secured that to the “box” we made.
- Now, it was time to add the “decorative” pieces we got from Architectural Depot. We added the rosette pieces to the top corners.
- Then, we added the square pieces to the bottom of the mantel.
- Then, we added trim and moulding to finish it off.
- The moulding was so easy to cut with the miter saw.
- We used a construction adhesive to attach them to the mantel.
- Once everything was on, I painted everything in a crisp white.
Look at this DIY mantel!
I am so happy with the outcome.
We have made so many different kinds of mantels out of so many things. This one is one of my favorites so far.
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