Well, it's week 4 of the One Room Challenge. Are you following along? Be sure to check out the participants progress here the guests participants here. Also, to catch up on my work to-date you can visit Week 1&2, Week 3 here.
When we bought the house the fireplace in the living did not have a mantel which made our over-sized fireplace look dated (and the curved edges didn't help). Here is the before pic.
My plan was to basically make a cap for the fireplace, like a little wooden hat. I took measurements of the top and sides and set off to my local hardware store. I picked out my wood (2 pieces of 12" barnboard for the top, and 3 pieces of cedar for the sides). I had the wood cutter at the store cut them exactly to size (this was too big a job for my little mitre saw). I brought them home and simply glued it together with carpenters glue and held it in place with some clamps and boxes.
After it set I nailed it together. Looking back I guess I could have nailed it together right away.
Finally I filled the nail holes with wood filler and stained it using Minwax wood finishing cloths (per my previous post on staining - work like a charm yet again).
Placed the wooden mantel on top of the fireplace and secured it with a few screws.
Well that's done. Now I just need to decide wall and fireplace paint colours.
Stay tuned. We're getting there.