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How to Make Your Own Wood Mantel

Use these free plans to make your own Wooden Mantel to spruce up your fireplaceHave you ever looked at something in your home a million times and wondered how to update it?! That’s how I have felt about my corner fireplace since I moved in. Honestly, it was beautiful before I changed it, it just wasn’t quite my style. Although there are still a couple changes to be made <*cough tile cough*>, I think that this is a good start. I can’t wait to show you how to build your own Wooden Mantel! 

Our living room mantle needed an upgrade from this boring white crown molding

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Here’s the before picture of our mantel ^^. Not too bad right?! But I’ve added so many rustic touches too my home, like this rustic pendant light and this rustic industrial side table, that the mantel just didn’t seem to fit. So I decided to throw some rustic in and build my own wooden mantel.

We made this DIY wooden mantel to add a new look to our living room fireplace

The whole mantel was built in a couple of evenings and was SO  easy! Just a few boards and a Kreg Pocket Jig and you’re done! lol. Ok…. well it might be a bit more complicated, but if you have ever built anything (or know someone who can!), then you can build this :)

This rustic wooden mantel was an easy DIY project that gave our fireplace a whole new look

You can find the FREE plans for this project here at Build Something is the site by Kreg full of AMAZING DIY build plans. You will get lost in great project plans as soon as you pop over.

The gloss finish on this wooden mantel shows off the beautiful wood grain

We actually used a gloss varnish on it the first time, which gives it that sheen. I think I may pop it back into the garage for a night or two to re-varnish it with a matte finish varnish. The gloss shows off the beautiful grain of the wood, but the matte finish is a bit more rustic. What would you do?!

This DIY wooden mantel adds a fresh style to our living room fireplace, and it was a super easy project!

I couldn’t be happier with how the mantel build came together! Perfect addition to our corner fireplace. These plans are easily modified for a flat fireplace if you are looking to spruce up a mantel against a wall too.

We used a glass varnish on this wooden mantle, but a matte finish would add a nice rustic touch Our fireplace upgrade is complete with this DIY wooden mantle

Let me know what you think of our transformation! Don’t forget to pop over to Build Something to see how we built this beauty!

Before and after our fireplace makeover with the addition of a DIY wooden mantel


Liz Williamson

Thursday 22nd of September 2016

love the rustic wood so much better than the white... it had no pop before now it does.. Kudos.


Friday 23rd of September 2016

Thank you so much! I love how it stands out now too!


Thursday 22nd of September 2016

I would go with the more rustic sheen. The shiny sheen gives a more modern vibe. How did you change the color on the fireplace vents? Spray paint?


Thursday 22nd of September 2016

Totally agree with you! Can't believe you noticed the fireplace colour, haha. Yes, we spray painted them - took 2 minutes and makes a big difference!

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