You eyes are not fooling you. Yes, this is a new blog post here at White Cottage Farm. This blog post I have been meaning to put together for sometime but due to… a few big things we have been just unbelievably busy here at the farm.
This was a project that I walked into, not really knowing what I wanted to do. As we moved throughout the build process, I came up with some fun ways to add character to a new mantel, and walked away very happy and proud with this build.
I have a special appreciation for old vintage mantels, and really scoured the internet for some inspirational elements across different rustic styles. Ultimately I wanted to keep it simple, because this was my first mantel build to go around this electric fireplace insert (link) I found on Amazon.
The build was done in layers. The backing was 1/2 inch sanded plywood. From three pieces, it creates the silhouette of the mantel.
On top of the base layer of plywood. There are two 1 x 3 screwed to the plywood vertically, working from the outside-in. These 1 x 3 are really to connect the three pieces of plywood, as well as lift up the top layer of trim to keep the mantel from being too flat. Two 1 x 8’s are installed perpendicular to the 1 x 3’s to lift the top decorative trim layer up away from the backing.
The trim was placed on top of the 1 x 3’s & 1 x 8’s. There is a 1/4 inch lip from the 1 x 3’s on each side. A finishing nail is placed along all of the trim. A 9 1/4 footer is placed under the panel trim and decorative cap.
The mantel ledge really ties it all together. A 2 x 10 is trimmed down to 7 3/4″. Below the ledge there is a 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 backer board. Crown trim is installed around the backer board with 5/8 peaking out below the trim. One of my favorite elements on antique mantels are custom made corbels. While mine were very simple, I think they really added a great and need touch to the silhouette of the mantle ledge.
Not too bad for my first mantel. I would love to build a few more of these with different elements. I hope you all enjoy. Check out Liz Marie Blog (here) to see how she styled the mantel and more of the rest of our master bedroom. Thank you for stopping by the blog and let me know what you think of the build. As always Give Grace!