How to build a rustic fireplace mantel. The rustic treatment of the natural wood brings out its character and color. In this video this old house general contractor tom silva helps a homeowner build a custom fireplace mantel. In this step by step tutorial im going to demonstrate how to build a rustic faux beam mantel.
Spread a canvas drop cloth onto the floor in front of the fireplace. Cut three poplar boards to size to form the vertical pilasters and horizontal frieze of the fireplace mantel. The back of the mantel is left open and hung on to the wall using a cleat.
I will show how i distressed the wood to give it an aged reclaimed look for a fraction of the cost of a real reclaimed beam. A cedar mantel shelf is adaptable enough to suit a rural country home or an urbane modern city apartment. If you missed it we did a major fireplace update recently installing faux stone.