tiled a new surround:
And this is not a "how-to build a mantel" post. I'm just showing you how I saved some money and boosted my DIY confidence by building a mantel instead of buying one. The first step in building the mantel was installing the side/upright pieces. These are simply two 1x4's stacked on top of each other for depth - it was cheaper to stack them than to buy a chunkier piece of lumber. And the feet are 1x6's stacked for depth. Simple. Next came the top of the mantel. This is simply a piece of crown molding with stacked 1x4's on top of it to make the shelf. And then we added some decorative trim around the top of the feet. Ta da, instant mantel. Now you see why I said this wasn't a how-to build a mantel post.
Anyways, let's get on to the pictures. This is my dad nailing in the crown molding. You can see the 1x4's that we used for the sides.
And here, the final touches are being made. The trim is installed around the top of the feet and the 1x4's are stacked on top of the crown molding. This mantel is ready to be caulked and painted.