Ahhh I’m seriously sooo excited to share this post with you guys. I have been talking about this DIY mantle for over a month now and I could not wait to share this beauty with you guys. I know it may seem weird to build your own “antique” mantle but I have been eyeing vintage pieces for years now but they are crazy expensive. And as a girl on a budget you know I’ve been stalking Craigslist, but unfortunately I had no luck. Then one day we went to check out a mantle I found for $100 and as soon as my boyfriend saw it he turns to me and says, “why don’t we just build one”. And I was sold! We are lucky that he can collect wood at work so we gathered seven pine boards and got to work. We used a 2×6 for the mantle and cut it 40″ long. We then used a 1×8 for underneath the mantle and cut it 36″ long. Then for the the legs we used two 1x6s and cut them 30″ long. And finally we used four 1x4s and cut two on them 38″ and two of them 30″ to box in the legs of the mantle (You can change the dimensions to whatever size fits your space the best). After we screwed this baby together we used our hand sander to smooth down any rough egdes. Then comes the fun part, I stained the entire thing in briarsmoke from Varathane and then chalk painted and distressed to finish it off. I’m still looking to add some more character, I’m thinking some corbels under the mantle but I love how it looks so far. To add a cozy feel we cut a piece of plywood to the size of the fireplace and painted it black. We then found a birch tree in our back yard and cut slices with our table saw. After letting them dry for a few days I used wood glue to attach them to the plywood and let that dry overnight. To add the perfect finishing touch I used a glue gun to attach some moss I found at Michaels. Then we secured this piece inside and wallah, the perfect and inexpensive DIY fireplace. It will add the perfect cozy feel to any space, enjoy.