How to build a rustic fireplace mantel. Cut three poplar boards to size to form the vertical pilasters and horizontal frieze of the fireplace mantel. In this video this old house general contractor tom silva helps a homeowner build a custom fireplace mantel. Spread a canvas drop cloth onto the floor in front of the fireplace.
In this step by step tutorial im going to demonstrate how to build a rustic faux beam mantel. 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. This mantel has the look of a rustic beam and is relatively easy and inexpensive to build.
The back of the mantel is left open and hung on to the wall using a cleat. A cedar mantel shelf is adaptable enough to suit a rural country home or an urbane modern city apartment. The rustic treatment of the natural wood brings out its character and color.