Building a faux fireplace mantle

Building an antique fireplace mantle

Last month, I told you all about how my husband and I purchased and antique fireplace mantle.

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We have a long, blank and boring wall in our living room, that unfortunately is our focal wall when you walk in the door. I’ve always wanted a pretty fireplace on that wall but knew we couldn’t afford a real one. A faux one was the next best thing 🙂

Using a plan from Bless’r House as a model, we decided how large the mantle and hearth would need to be and we purchased the wood.

Here is a list of what we used to build the fireplace:

  • Antique mantle (found through local antiques dealers)
  • 2 plywood sheets
  • Faux brick panel
  • 11 2×4 boards
  • 2 1X12 boards
  • 1 2×12 board
  • Finishing nails
  • Deck screws
  • Drywall screws
  • Tape measure and yard stick
  • Circular saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Power drill

We began by deciding how large we wanted the hearth to be and we cut two 2X4sat 64 inches long. We chose 64 inches because this made the hearth a tiny bit wider than the mantle itself. The cross pieces and sides are 24 inches.

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We then cut a piece of plywood to fit the top of the hearth, but we did not hammer it down yet.

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We then carried the hearth into the house, placed it where we wanted it, and attached it to the baseboards. We then attached the plywood to the top of the hearth.

finished hearth

We then attached plywood strips and two by fours to the back of the mantle.

fireplace surround braces

After attaching the two by fours to the side, and the plywood strips, we cut out a surround from one of the plywood sheets. I attached it using small wood screws.

fireplace surround 2

I then attached 2X4s to the wall at the correct height to the wall. Be sure to hang these on studs, but if you can’t, make sure you use drywall anchors that can accommodate heavy weights.

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I then attached the 1X12s for the side braces to the 2x4s.

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I then put the mantle up beside these braces, and attached the two by fours on the back of the mantle to the braces. I used decking screws to do this.

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I then realized we had about an eight inch gap between the mantle and the wall.

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Attaching a 2X6 to this space covered the gap and laid flush with the back of the mantle.

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We then cut and added faux brick paneling to the wall behind the mantle and on the sides so that the inside of the mantle couldn’t be seen.

fireplace almost finished

We have nearly finished the mantle. We now only have to paint, add the stone, and fill in some nail holes. Our living room looks so much better already! Can’t wait to share the finished product with you all!

fireplace almost finished

Fall home tour 2019

Fall home tour 2019

Our favorite season is upon us here at Lumber in my Minivan! I can’t tell you how much I love fall in the south- the temperatures cool off, the leaves change and everybody heads outside.

My house seems to be in its finest glory when the fall decor comes out. I tried to change it up a little this year and I’m loving the results.

When you come in the front door, you’re greeted by sunflowers and the soft glow of candles in this vignette, which can be found on our sofa table.

Our living room is full of pumpkins, sunflowers, bittersweet and candles. I especially love these sweet fall pillows I ordered online last year.

One of my favorite things about our living room decor is this beautiful wreath Michael’s family sent us when my dad died.

This sweet vignette is on our coffee table.

We also have a similar vignette in our office/ family room.

If you’re curious, that tree field guide belonged to my dad.

I am loving our fall table runner and the fall potpourri I put in our bread bowl. It smells so good!

The window in our dining room got a little fall goodness too in the form of milkglass, a lantern and some fall florals.

Even our kitchen is sporting a little fall goodness.

The shelves in our master bath look so cute with the sunflowers and pine cones.

I decided our hall bath needed some sunflowers as well 😃

Throughout our fall house tour, you’ve likely seen these elements repeated: milk glass, pine cones, bittersweet, copper pumpkins and sunflowers.

Tune in next week for some pictures of our outdoor fall decor.

Make Something Monday: faux grain sacks

Make Something Monday: faux grain sacks

I love grain sacks so much. I have two of them in our dining room.

I had an awkward space in our hall and wanted another grain sack to occupy the space… except I couldn’t find what I wanted. As usual, when faced with high costs or low availability, I decided to create my own.

Have you ever been to The Graphics Fairy.com? That website is an amazing treasure trove of vintage graphics and art. I’ve used it many times to decorate my home. When I visited in search of wheat/grain graphics, I found this:

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Ain’t she a beaut? I went to Walmart and found these handy-dandy burlap sheets THAT YOU CAN FIT IN YOUR PRINTER!! How awesome is that?

You can probably guess what happened next… I popped one of those burlap sheets into my printer, printed that grain sack on it, and popped it into a frame. The result?

Instant grain sack!!

What cute, easy farmhouse crafts have you done lately?

From discarded basket to farmhouse planter

From discarded basket to farmhouse planter

I found a neat looking basket in the discard pile at my job.

Yes, I trash pick. #notashamed

I liked this basket because it had feet and I liked the shape of it. It was also in great shape. I thought it would make a cute planter.

I promptly painted the basket white with some chalk paint.

I let the paint dry and painted a second coat of white chalk paint.

I then popped in some boxwoods and I thought it was perfect!

This thing would be cute with some faux apples in it for fall, or some mini gourds. I can’t wait to see how many different ways I can decorate with it!

Have you turned any trash into treasure lately? Comment and show me your projects!

Farmhouse Friday: Christmas decor at Target!

Farmhouse Friday: Christmas decor at Target!

I took the month of October off from blogging, as I was experiencing some difficulties. I felt I just needed to step back and pause for a bit. Now that things have calmed down a bit, I decided to dive back into our regular schedule.

Have you all been to Target lately? Between the Magnolia Hearth and Hand line and the Dollar Spot, I could get into some big trouble.

These cute little house lanterns are only $3 and they’d be adorable on my mantle.

These wooden stockings come with stickers for a unique, design your own advent calendar for $3. You can buy the stocking or the wooden tree. I want to buy these and just decorate with them, and not even use them as advent calendar.

This wooden star garland for $2 is simple and pretty!

And these “believe” plates are perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges.

And these hat and glove ornaments for $1 are adorable!!

Everyone go hit up your nearest Target Dollar Spot right now!!

And have a wonderful weekend.