Hi again. There’s been one job that my husband has been pushing me to complete for a while, and that’s the fireplace mantle. I’ve been reluctant to do it for no other reason than I’m lacking motivation! Meh!
We have so many half started projects, so what’s another one on the list?
We started with this beautiful fireplace that was surrounded by dark oppressive bricks, we both agreed the bricks needed to go and we needed to brighten the entire area. We decided to sheet the entire area. Here’s the link to that particular article.
This is what it looked like when we bought the property.
After all of the sheeting, tiling and painting was done, it was time to plan our mantle.
Here’s a photo pre-mantle.
After a bit of research and lots of discussion with my husband, off we went to one of my favourite places, yes, that’s right, Bunnings!
We came back with this.
It doesn’t look like much now, but just wait and see.
To start, we measured each side of the fireplace, cut to the required height and attached the timbers on both sides of the fireplace with screws. We placed timber behind the wall when we gyprocked the bricks so we knew where we could screw into the wall safely.
Next we measured the length of the timber needed to run horizontally along the top of the fireplace and cut to size. Before attaching this piece to the wall the corbels needed to be attached to either side of the fireplace. We needed to attached the corbels from behind so that there were no holes or screws seen at the front.
We also had to attach a smaller shelf for the mantle to sit safely on, as the corbels were not large enough to hold the mantle shelf safely.
We attached the horizontal timber with corbels and small shelf to the wall. Then attached some decorative strips of timber on each side of the fireplace under the corbels.
Next we measured the top shelf of the mantle, cut it to size and attached it to the top along with the trims for each shelf.
We also measured and cut the skirting board. The mantle was nearly done, it Was just needed patching and painting.
It’s important to patch the holes you have made very carefully. If not done ‘just right’ you will be able to tell where every screw and nail is after you’ve painted. After all what’s a bit more time to get a great result!
Here she is….
Tick this baby off the list – it is done!!!!!
I’m so pleased with the result. I still can’t believe it came out as good as it did. I’m one very happy lady. Now I’m off to decorate it!!!!!
Thanks for reading.