We are moving right along with our projects. I still have 500 going at once, and my house is currently a disaster zone, but we are making progress. It’s slow but it is progress.
Today is all about our DIY fireplace mantel. I haven’t shown this side of the living room very much because we had to do a rough modification on the mantel when we moved in. Now that it’s finally done though, I can share it.
We had a very shallow mantel on the fireplace when we moved in but, once we figured out that our big flat screen tv would have to sit on that shallow ledge, we knew that it would need some work.
The tv placement was a huge discussion between the hubs and me when we first moved in (although every project seems to be a huge discussion). 😉 The previous owners had a tv on a small stand next to the fireplace but I knew that would’t work for me. We did discuss hanging it on the wall above the fireplace but the hubs didn’t want to do that and we still would have had to find a place for the cable box (why do they make them so big in this day and age?).
Unable to come up with a solution, we used a rough cut piece of plywood that was wide enough for our tv to sit on the existing mantel.
Since this is the only spot in this room for a tv, we were going to have to make this work.
This is what it looked like for 6 months while we searched for an inexpensive solution. Not pretty.
In the end we decided to try to add another level to the mantel with a wider and longer, solid piece of reclaimed wood. The goal was to make it look like it was always there while giving our tv a place to live. No fancy moldings or corbels were in the plan, we just wanted to preserve the original look and keep it simple.
We looked everywhere to find a piece of budget-friendly solid reclaimed wood that was thick enough, long enough and wide enough.
Everywhere we went, we looked. After a few months we knew that if we were going to get a thick solid piece, it would have to be new wood…from a lumber yard…and more money than we wanted to spend.
With a new plan I went searching our local lumber yard. I found a beautiful piece of white pine, exactly what we needed. It seemed thick enough so it wouldn’t warp (fingers crossed) and wide enough for our tv. The cost was more than I wanted to spend but the lumber yard planed and smoothed it out for me. In the end it, was well worth the $91 we shelled out.
Since it was cut to size, we just had to attach it to the existing mantel using some well placed screws from underneath. No ugly screw holes to fill and it’s very secure.
I caulked and primed and painted, with leftover trim paint, and the new mantel looks like it’s always been here. Plus the tv fits perfectly.
I’m still not thrilled with the tv sitting on the mantel, but this is a small house with limited space so we had to make do.
Finn’s favorite pillow in his favorite spot. I think he loves the fireplace.
The fireplace is still a work in progress, it’s one of the 500 projects I’m currently working on, so I’ll do a full reveal when it’s done. Hopefully next week.
I think we accomplished our goal with our new DIY fireplace mantel.
How do you feel about putting a tv on a fireplace?
Catch up on a few of my other recent projects