Fireplace Mantle Project

This is a project that I wanted to do over 10 years ago. I finally found the piece of wood that I wanted to use. The board was a 10 inch wide,  2.5 inch thick, 7 foot long piece of hardwood. I think it is oak.

The board was a rough cut that my father had left over from a job at his house 20-30 years ago. I took the board and cut it in half so the width was 5 inches. I ran the boards through a planner 5-6 times then sanded out smooth. The finish was dull and boring. I took a blow torch and burnt the knots to make them pop. I liked the look so I blackened the whole board for a unique look.


Next came the varnish. I did three good coats with sanding each coat before laying the next.



I put the boards up on the brick using construction glue. That will hold any pressures that are applied to the mantle.


This is the finished look at the mantle. It would be nice if the TV was completely wireless. The brick will get painted this spring at some point. It will be a dark grey to match the decor of the family room. I love this fireplace. It is natural gas, cast iron Vermont Castings fireplace. It is older, around 14 years old. The gas valve failed on it this winter. Parts were unavailable. I thought I was going to have to throw it out. I was able to source a gas valve in Cobourg and Neil Johnston Heating was able to get it going for me. Fantastic work!

Written for you by:

Your local Realtor®

Brad Sinclair, Sales Representative

Flat Rate Realty

The HOUSESOLD name for buying and selling real estate in Peterborough and local waterfront! 


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