How we built our mantle

When we first bought our house I was excited that we had a fireplace but one thing  it very much lacked was a mantle. It was floor to ceiling brick, and while I do like brick it definitely needed something to lighten it up a bit. My wonderful husband built it all himself. Here is what we did, it may not be the most “right” way to do it, but this is how we did it.

This is the before

and after

At first I drew out a sketch of what I wanted it to look like, then I took chalk and drew an outline on the brick of how big and where I wanted the mantle. Then my hubby took the measurements and purchased mdf and made a frame like so:


he first made two columns like so



This is  a close-up of the column

It is hollow inside and the back side does not have a board

He then added another board to the front and and on top between the columns

After this my husband finished when I wasn’t home so I didn’t get pictures of the rest but its very simple, you just take a longer and wider piece of mdf and and if you have router you can finish off the edge with the router bit of your choice.

Then add a piece of crown molding between that piece of mdf and the frame, add a baseboard to the bottom and add molding to your desired design.

Give it a coat of primer and paint, attach to the wall and add caulk around it.

And because i love taking pictures here is some more.

I really need to get a coffee table.

Here are some of the nick-nacks I have on the mantle right now.


6 thoughts on “How we built our mantle

  1. Can you tell me how thick the MDF board was you used? Did you glue it or nail it together? I want to make columns to add to my floating mantel and your post is going to be very helpful. Thanks

    • Hi Ann, I believe it was 3/4 inch mdf. And he glued them first and then used a nail gun to hold them together. Im glad my post was of help for you.

  2. How did you secure it to the brick? I just moved into a house that has almost the exact fireplace in the corner of the living room. I’m at a loss for how to decorate it.

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