Our DIY Fireplace Mantel- How We Built It


One of the biggest eyesores in our house when we moved in years back was the fireplace. It really was super ugly. It was stuck in the 80s and the horrible carpet that was in the room didn’t help either. Luckily for me, I have a very handy husband who loves to build things. He’s so talented and he did such an amazing job with this project. I had a vision and he definitely saw it through to the end! So here you go, here’s the overview in pictures of the entire process from start to finish on our fireplace mantel as well as the materials we used. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or need any clarification!

Tools & Supplies Needed
– Miter power saw or miter box jig and hand saw
– Power drill
– Air compressed brad and finish nailer
– 2 inch finish nails and 1 inch brad nails
– 4 quantity .656 in x 7.25 in x 8.08 ft MDF board for column sides
– 2 quantity .656 in x 5.5 in x 10.08 ft MDF board for column front
– 2 quantity .656 in x 11.5 in x 6.08 ft MDF board for mantel head piece and back board
– Trim board with desired design or plain for mantel head piece trim and back board trim
– Crown molding with desired design or plain for frame under mantel head piece and around columns
– Base trim with desired design for column shoe frame
– Scrap MDF or pine wood, size doesn’t matter but no smaller than 1 inch in width and .5 inch depth to be used as furring strips to mount and anchor the entire mantel frame to wall
– Faux air stone (whatever color and design of your choice)
– Interior adhesive for faux stone
– Concrete back board to be used as sturdy foundation for faux stone around actual fireplace
– Loctite superhold adhesive and 1 inch screws to anchor concrete back board to the wall
– Desired stain for the trim
– Desired paint for mantel head, columns, etc


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I felt like I was in Dexter’s kill room while this thing was up!

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* Please excuse the lower quality pictures 🙂 These were taken back before we upgraded our camera so these were taken on our old iPhones,

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    • jessanderson

      Thank you so much, I appreciate it!

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      Hmm I don’t know of any forums really, but you should check out maybe http://www.younghouselove.com. That’s an amazing site with tons of diy projects. Hope this helps!

    • Joe Anderson

      I’m not sure if this is what you’re looking for but before I started construction of our Fireplace Mantle, I found a video on YouTube that goes into pretty exact detail of how to build the mantle frame with exact dimensions and a step by step of how to piece it together. I’ll post the YouTube link here if you want to check it out.


      Hope that helps. Let us know if you need any other resources.

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    • jessanderson

      You made our day, thank you so much!

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      Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it. We’re always working on some DIY project so there will be more like this in the near future. Make sure to subscribe to my blog so you can keep an eye out 😀

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