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Rough-Hewn Wood DIY Fireplace Mantel

Last Updated on April 30, 2019 by

I decided that John & Alice’s fireplace needed a mantel after all.  Rather than just use one of those Home Depot fireplace mantels, I made a DIY fireplace mantel to look like a rough-hewn chunk of wood.

rough hewn wood mantel 1

I’m really glad I changed my mind and decided to add a DIY fireplace mantel.  I think this mantel adds some very needed warmth to the fireplace wall.  (And no, I still haven’t painted the screen.  I blacked out the brass for the first picture so that it wouldn’t be distracting.)

The mantel also helps to break up the towering height of the brick.  And once the mantel is decorated, the impact of the brick will be reduced even more.

rough hewn wood mantel 2

Of course, the real thing…a real chunk of wood that size…can cost anywhere from $200 for the most basic, up to several hundred dollars.  So naturally, I chose to make my own.  It came in just under $25.

rough hewn wood mantel 3

The construction was quite simple…1” x 8” pieces of lumber, cut to 6 feet long, and then a couple of pieces for the ends.

rough hewn wood mantel 4

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and can’t wait to decorate it!

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Even without it decorated yet (and with the screen still unpainted), this fireplace has certainly come a long way!

rough hewn wood mantel before and now

Want to build your own rough-hewn wood mantel? Here’s how…

How To Build A Fireplace Mantel – DIY Tutorial

Project Cost:

Approximately $25.

Tools & Materials:

*These materials and instructions are for a mantel that measures 8″ x 8″ x 6′ wide. You’ll need to make adjustments if your mantel needs to be wider or narrower.

  1. Two pieces of 1″ x 8″ lumber, six feet long,
  2. One piece of 1″ x 8″ lumber, 8 feet in length,
  3. Two pieces of wood veneer, approx. 9″ x 11″ each,
  4. Wood glue,
  5. Wood stain,
  6. Polyurethane,
  7. Nail gun with 1.5″ finishing nails (if you don’t have a nail gun, you can assemble the mantel with finish nails and a hammer),
  8. Miter saw,
  9. Utility knife,
  10. 150-grit sandpaper,
  11. Paint brush,
  12. Rag for applying stain,
  13. Items for distressing wood (hammer, nail, flathead screwdriver).


Because I wanted my DIY fireplace mantel to look rough-hewn, I actually looked for lumber that already had some marks, knots, cracks, etc.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

Using my miter saw, I cut my 8-foot piece of 1″ x 8″ lumber down to 6 feet, so that I had three pieces that were each six feet long. I then used a random assortment of tools to distress the wood.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

After the wood was distressed, I stained each of the three 6-foot pieces of 1″ x 8″ lumber. The stain really brought out all of the distress markings that I had made.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

With the front, sides, and ends of each piece stained, I then stood two pieces on their edges, and placed one piece on top, as shown below. Using wood glue and my nail gun, I secured the boards together as shown.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

I then used the piece of 1″ x 8″ lumber that I cut off of the 8-foot piece to cut smaller pieces for the ends. This cut measured 5 11/16″. (Double check your own measurements. Please don’t go by my measurements without measuring.) I secured these pieces to the ends using wood glue and my nail gun.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

I stained the end, and clamped it while the glue dried.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

At this point I was ready to hang the mantel. This brick fireplace previously had a crown molding/corbel mantel on it, which was installed on these 2″ x 4″ pieces of lumber in the brick. I used these same supports for the new mantel. With the open back towards the fireplace, I slipped the new mantel over the supports and secured it in place with a few finish nails through the top of the mantel and into the 2″ x 4″ supports.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

At that point, the mantel looked like this. I could have opted to leave it like this, and it would have been fine. But I was hoping for a more finished look, and I wanted the mantel to look more like one big chunk of wood.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

So I used pieces of wood veneer to cover the ends. The wood veneer I had came with adhesive already on the back. I simply had to peel away the protective paper and stick it into place.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

Using a utility knife with a new (very sharp) blade, I cut away the excess veneer.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

I then used 150-grit sandpaper to sand away the edges of the veneer so that it would blend into the other pieces and give the appearance of one solid piece of wood.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

And finally, I stained the ends, and then applied polyurethane to the whole mantel.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

Here is a view of the other end, done exactly the same way. The corner on this end had a dented corner, so I cut the veneer accordingly.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

And here’s how it looked after it was stained.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

The finished product is a chunky wood mantel that adds warmth to the room, and breaks up the large expanse of brick.

How to make a rough hewn wood fireplace mantel

And after everything is dry, the fun part can begin…the decorating!

Psstt…click here to see this room completely decorated.

Helpful Hints:

  1. Be sure to purchase the straightest boards possible. Warped boards will ruin a project.
  2. Double check your measurements before cutting. Please don’t just go by my measurements.


  1. You could take the veneer a step further and add veneer to the top and the bottom, covering the edges of the 1″ x 8″ lumber, and really giving your mantel the appearance of one solid chunk of wood.
  2. Rough-hewn corbels could be added to give the mantel an even chunkier, more substantial look.

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    Josie Donald
    June 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    beautiful! great job!

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    June 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    It looks awesome! I have always loved mantel decor but unfortunately we don't have a fireplace! I can't wait to see what you put up there!! A sunburst mirror, perhaps?! 😉

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      October 8, 2019 at 7:51 am

      I am making this mantle also! Where did you buy or order the adhesive backed veneer? I’m having a hard time finding it?

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        October 8, 2019 at 8:00 am

        Amazon is your best bet. Search “PSA wood veneer”. PSA is pressure-sensitive adhesive. If you can’t find it there, just google that same term and you’ll find lots of online sources.

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      December 14, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      For anyone having difficulty finding wood veneer for the ends, I found a small package by Cricut at Michaels (Natural Wood Veneer, Maple). It comes with 2 sheets, one sheet is more than enough for each end. There’s no adhesive backing so you’ll need to just use glue to attach it.

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    June 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Wow, Kristi, that looks great! It doesn't look "built," it looks like one solid piece of awesomeness.

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    Angela N
    June 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Looks good!  And I am so glad you painted out the shelves next to the fireplace.  They look so nice!

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    June 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    You did a great job!  Looking forward to seeing it all finished now.

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    June 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I had a question recently on my blog about how to make an inexpensive mantel. This is great. I hope you don't mind but I am sendinging that reader to you blog. This is great.

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    Anne Sullivan
    June 8, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    For whatever reason, adding the mantle also makes the bricks go from reading as "sterile white" to "warm grey" which is just lovely. I think I say this about once a month, and it's about time for me to say it again…I wish you lived near me!!

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    June 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    You're so funny! Of course you would make your own!!!  It's beautiful, of course, like everything you do.

    I might be developing a bit a design crush on you…..

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    June 9, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Looks awesome, and I love the new DIY button!

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    June 10, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Wow!  That mantel looks great.  I'm trying to picture how you did it.  Did you paint it to look old?  I can't believe the change from the original.  I bet the home owners are ecstatic.  Love your blog!!!

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    June 10, 2011 at 2:45 am

    This looks fabulous! When you were talking about a mantel, I couldn't really envision it, but I whole-heartedly agree with your choice. And, I think the bookshelves are great now — they blend in more but still provide interest.

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    Danielle Popp
    June 10, 2011 at 2:47 am

    Any plans to paint the gold accent on the fireplace doors? I recently did ours by taking them off and taping off the glass. I just used a black matte high heat paint after sanding down the gold. I *love* the transformation, too! They seem to just fade away 🙂 Keep up the great work!!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    June 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

    It's already been painted.  🙂  I just didn't have time to do it before taking these pictures.

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    Angie @
    June 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    LOVE this!!!  How did you attach it? I would love to know because I am trying to make a floating shelf like this.  Thanks!  Angie

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    June 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Just click on the DIY button at the bottom of the post for all of the details.  🙂

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    June 15, 2011 at 1:30 am

    This is beautiful.  I love the color of the stain.   Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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    Ginger Snaps
    June 15, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    That's turned out really nice.  🙂  I'd love for you to link this up over at my {wow me} wednesday link party going on over on my blog right now. 🙂  Following from Fingerprints on the Fridge. 🙂

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    Mandy @ This Girl's Life
    June 19, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Love this! I want to do something similar with our fireplace, including some sort of shelving on the left side like you have. This is great inspiration! Visiting from the DIY Showoff. 🙂

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    Corrinla Ni
    September 30, 2011 at 6:34 am

    thanks for sharing

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    Corrinla Ni
    September 30, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Thanks for sharing here.

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    November 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    i LOVE this mantel!!!  i have a brick fireplace and have been contemplating leaving it and doing a white mantel or something similar to this.  you just sold me on the painted fireplace and distressed mantel!!!  LOVE this style!!  do you have a step by step on the best way to clean and paint brick???
    thank you!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    November 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I don't have one yet, but since I've had several people ask, I'll move it to the top of my "to do" list.  🙂

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    November 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    lol, thank you!!!  i showed my husband the mantel "how to"  and we are definately going to attempt this project!!! 🙂

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    January 2, 2012 at 11:35 am

    LOVE IT! I am about to start this project but I can’t find the wood veneer that THIN anywhere. Where did you get the adhesive wood veneer for the end caps? Home Depot & Lowes only sell 1/4″ thick. Any help would be appreciated.

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    January 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

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    January 15, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Great tutorial. I like the way you made it go almost completely side to side. And the veneer pieces on the ends make all the difference! Very clever.

    Thanks for telling the rest of us how to do.

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    January 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    hi there. just wondering if you could give me the name, and color of the stain you used? LOVE IT!
    thanks. -andrea

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      January 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Andrea~
      I think I used Special Walnut (Minwax) on the mantel. It’s always my go-to color, so I’m pretty sure that’s what I used.

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        February 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

        thanks for getting back with me. we went and got all of our supplies (except veneer- ive checked ace, home depot, lowes and can’t find it anywhere here in good ol’ vegas) and we are going to attempt it tomorrow.
        just a quick questions… as we were looking over the pictures- after you stained it- and you sat it all up before you nailed it- where did you put the nails in? it doesn’t look like there are any nail noles in the top. are the nails noticeable from the front? thanks so much! i appreciate you getting back with me.

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          October 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

          I have the same question about the nail holes! It doesn’t look like there are any nail holes in the front of the mantel. Can you explain how you did it? Thanks!

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            June 3, 2016 at 2:52 pm

            hi- did you ever get a response..i’m curious about the same thing.. thanks!

            • Michelle
              December 4, 2017 at 5:28 am

              We finished this project yesterday and used a tool to to hit the nails far into the wood…then used a touch of stainable wood filler to fill the holes. Looks great!

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    February 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    My husband and I just made this mantel and love it! However, we cannot find veneer anywhere. Do you mind telling where you bought it? Thanks so much!

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    Amy [email protected]
    April 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    SUCH a great tutorial!!! I’ve been wanting to do this to our mantel and never even thought to add the veneer to the ends. That makes it look so much more authentic. Thanks for the great post:):)

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    July 11, 2012 at 2:47 am

    You are a genius!!!
    Just found you — well a couple of days ago, and gosh if I haven’t been glued to my computer ever since!!!
    Thank you, thank you!!! for your generosity in publishing your knowlege, and how-tos.
    WOW!!! So impressed.

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    Дизайнер Одесса
    October 16, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Great idea, be sure your fireplace is decorated so, thanks!

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    November 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Where did you buy the wood veneer pieces, or did you have to purchase the whole role?

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      Kristi Linauer
      November 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      I had purchased a whole role of it for another project, but I have since found it on Amazon in smaller pieces.

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        Karen Wilcox
        May 23, 2016 at 12:48 pm

        Could you post a link to what you found on amazon? I want to make sure I get the right stuff as I am not familiar with this product at all.

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          May 23, 2016 at 1:09 pm

          Something like this will work:
 (affiliate link)
          There are many species available if cherry doesn’t work for your project. The ones labeled PSA have the pressure sensitive adhesive backing like the one I used.

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    January 29, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Could I ask where you bought the wood veneer? I can only find edge banding or 2’x8′ sheets that cost ~$50. Any advice would be appreciated. Great addition!

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    March 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Everything about your place is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it all!!!! Keep doing what you’re doing!

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    October 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

    This was a really great project! I decided to copy the project myself, however I went with an ebony stain to contrast the white fireplace (picture links below). We were really happy with the results. For anyone having trouble finding the veneer wood pieces, my wife and I actually found them at Michaels (I believe Hobby Lobby has them as well). Lowes and Home Depot only seemed to carry the long rolls that you have to iron on. Hope this helps!

    Before/After 01:

    Before/After 02:

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    October 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Any tips on applying the polyurethane? I have never done it before. I have built a mantle with the help of your tutorial but I’m a little afraid to attempt the last step! Thanks!

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    November 9, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Would you mind telling me what stain you used? I really like the color.

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    December 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Can you please tell me how many coats of stain you used as well as what type of lumber?

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    As We Dream By The Fire | mrsabbywilk
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    bridget b.
    January 17, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Thanks for posting your process! It was helpful in creating my own mantel:

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    March 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Love your rough hewn mantel. Where do you recommend buying the peel and stick veneer? I can’t find any

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    July 5, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Love this makeover! Can you please provide the “light gray” color you used on the fireplace? It’s fantastic! Thanks in advance. 🙂

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    July 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    can u please tell me the name and brand of stain. great job looks amazing

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    September 14, 2014 at 12:37 am

    The way this was constructed it seems like you would see the edge of the front board on the top and bottom of the mantel. Did your lumber have a finished edge or is the stain darker there? What kind of wood did you use?

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    September 14, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Can you give some tips on your method of distressing? Mine always looks pretty bad.

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    November 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    For those who are asking about veneer, there is another cheaper way if you have a miter saw. You simply miter the corners of the front board and the two side boards and sand the corners once you’ve put it together just like she did with the veneer. No veneer needed that way and you don’t have to worry about the veneer coming lose when the heat from the fire hits it. It also will ensure a perfect match with the wood and probably will look better.

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    Kristy Galli
    December 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    This mantel turned out beautiful! Is this cedar wood you used?

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    January 11, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    We used these plans as a guide to make our own and it turned out great! We are very happy with it. Thank you for posting!

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    January 23, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I want to make one of these. Do you think if i ripped a 45° mitre cut along the length of the boards they would come together to look like a sold single piece of wood?

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    March 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    What is the gray paint used on fireplace?
    Looking at duplicating this look, including wood mantel.

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    March 16, 2015 at 3:29 am

    I would love to add this to my “Pinterest” but the image is not working. I absolutely love this DIY mantel, it’s just what I’ve been looking for. I also plan to use this idea for my dining room for a double shelf above my canning cabinet using 1X6s. Thank you!

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    May 25, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    We used your AMAZING tutorial on our fireplace makeover & sent credit your way!
    Here is the post if you would like to see!

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial!

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    June 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Looks great! What kind of lumber did you use? Hickory, Poplar, etc?

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    Ed B.
    July 13, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Just about done with my mantel. Thank you for your tutorial. It totally makes my fireplace pop. One question… I went to Michaels and bought a sheet of the uber thin birch veneer and have trimmed to fit and put two coats of stain on prior to gluing it. How did you distress the veneer? I’m concerned that I’ll go right through it if I try even a modest amount of distressing (it’s so thin I can cut it with scissors).

    Thanks, again!

    – Ed.

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 13, 2015 at 7:42 am

      I don’t really remember doing a whole lot of distressing (if any) on the ends, but I did use sandpaper on the ends, especially around the edges of the veneer to make them blend with the other wood better. The square cut veneer ends are very visible, but if you give them some sanding, it’ll round the edges slightly and make it blend in better. But I wouldn’t really worry about distressing the ends.

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      October 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      I’m getting so frustrated! I have my mantel finished and can’t find wood veneer sheets. I see where Amazon has them but they are 2×8 for the smallest and pretty expensive. I went to michaels and hobby lobby and looked at their online inventory as well. Are they maybe called something else? It wasn’t that long ago that you posted about buying them at Michaels.

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    Joni Gutrece
    August 24, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Hello there,
    I love this mantel and want to give it a whirl this weekend! I had a question which I saw a couple of others had but don’t see an answer to it. You said after staining you stood it up and nailed it but there doesn’t appear to be any visible nails in the front. Are there? What type of nails did you use that they aren’t noticeable from the front? I don’t have a nail gun so I’ll need to use the good ol’ hammer!
    Thank you!!

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    September 22, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    My husband and I are just finishing up building our mantle – we are so happy with how it looks so far!
    I have a question in regards to a few very thin (but noticeable) gaps between the top of the mantle and the wall. When we have put the mantle up to see how it fits, we have noticed the gaps. We’d like to fill them and stain them too, but what do we use for that? Is there a caulk that is stainable? I’m not sure wood filler would work – seems too messy?!? Please help!!

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    October 3, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Hello! I was wondering if you could give some more detailing about how you did the distressing of the boards before you stained them? They look great, and I’ve seen multiple methods online but I love the results you got.

    Also, in order to get straight boards, did you purchase them from a lumber yard, or were you able to buy them at a Home Depot-ish place?

    Thanks for your help!

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    November 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Any issues with sticking veneer to the end grain? Thanks.

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    December 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Can you share the link for wood veneer? I’m having a really difficult time finding it.

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    February 5, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I am looking to make this mantle this weekend, but I can’t find the DIY button to find out how you mounted it to the 2×4 posts. Any suggestions?

    Thank you! 🙂 The design you did on that whole house is pretty much what I am doing in my own home. Love your page! 🙂

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    February 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Hi! I am in process of making this but have not been able to find the wood veneer any where. Do you mind sharing where you purchased? Thanks!

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    March 18, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Can you share with me the paint colours for both the fireplace and the shelving/walls beside?? I love the combination!! Thanks!

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    June 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Hi- LOVE the mantle. Will attempt it.- question for you- i don’t see nail holes or screws on the front side of mantle.. did you fill with wood putty and stain? thanks!

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    October 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Not exactly sure how this came to $24… once you find this magical wood veneer from an obscure online retailer, you’re over $50-60.

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    October 26, 2017 at 11:32 am

    This is beautiful! I’d like to do this to my fireplace but have a question. My current one isn’t brick but is drywall and the current “lip” that sticks out is falling apart because of heat. I wish I could attach a picture to explain this a little better….Anyways, do I need to cover this with something that is heat resistant? Is there any concern about the wood getting overly heated and catching on fire? Thanks so much!! Beautiful fireplace!

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      November 2, 2017 at 9:37 am

      A mantel on the outside of your fireplace shouldn’t get enough heat to be a concern. If your fireplace is drywall, the I’m assuming that you have an enclosed fireplace? (i.e., a gas insert with a glass cover over the front) If you find that the mantel area is getting so hot to cause concern or damage, then that means you have some serious structural issues with your fireplace that need to be looked at before using it.

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    November 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Hi! What color stain did you use? It came out beautiful!

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    December 18, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Just completed this project using 1×6 instead of 1×8. Looks great and Mrs is extremely happy. We used a 2:1 mix of minwax espresso and red mahoganystains to give nice warmth and depth to the wood. Had fun experimenting to find the right color for us.

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    May 17, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    If you cut all edges on a 45* angle. You would not need any veneer. A much more professional look!!

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      May 21, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      That is true, and very doable for anyone who has a table saw. I didn’t own a table saw when I made this, so that wasn’t an option for me.

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    May 29, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Hi, I’m building the mantel today, so excited!!! Many of you have not been able to find veneer, I found some st a cabinet supply store, FYI! Thank you Kristi for the tutorial!

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    james g pobog
    November 29, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    EXACTLY what I was looking for. Mounted mine with a French Cleat, easy peasy, and it lifts right off!

    Pine from Home Depot, found straight, but plenty of funky knots. Simply beat the wood like a rented mule. I’m also doing some contouring of the surfaces/edges with the aggressive use of a belt sander.

    Can’t wait to stain, going to try ‘differential’ staining. Dark down in the gouges, then several layers over with a charcoal gray weathered look stain.Couple simple corbels too.

    Bottom line, VERY EASY, low cost, PLENTY of room for imagination and customization. Highly recommended.

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    September 12, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    What kind of wood did you use for mantle? Looks like pine? Was veneer also pine?

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      Kristi Linauer
      September 12, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      Yes, it’s pine. Honestly, this was so long ago, and I was still learning so much about DIY, so I don’t know if I would have ever thought to specifically buy pine veneer. It was probably birch or something like that.