Monday, September 26, 2011

DIY Mantle Widening....FINALLY!

Ok, so here it is...yes, finally.  Okay, so I apologize for taking so long to post this, however, let me just tell you what I've been up to...  First, my wax came...super excited!  Needed it to finish Grandma's piece...more on that later.  THEN...all my Rub n' Buff's came...awesomeness. ASCP came.  Yes, I realize I'm new to blogging...however, I recognize a good thing when I read about it blog after blog.  Anyway, I'll post more on the paint, wax, and whatnots're here for the turorial.  Okay, so since I'm on a "self-imposed spending freeze" (which has forced me to be more resourceful) I'm only working with randomness around my workshop garage.  BTW...spending freeze is for NEW store-bought decor items.  I was once working with this...

One might say, what's the's the problem people...the mantle is (was) only 4 inches wide...meaning those creepy spider webs were multi-tasking.  As in, holding the decor on the mantle and hiding the fact that they are hanging over like by 2.5".  So, yes, add in the fact that the mirror is about .75" thick...I didn't have much to work with.  So, what's a no-spending gal to do?  Simple!  All I needed was a board (1"X6"X6'), some wood putty, a miter box, a saw, some nails, a hammer, stapler, wood glue, liquid nails, and yes, moulding because you can never have too much of that... oh yes, and some paint.  Here's the after...

Hello Gorgeous!  Notice the candle sticks are NOT about to fall off due to lack of surface to "rest" on!!  Yep, that's right...just a small little project I did while hubby was bowling (he DID notice after I pointed it out)...and I had a 2 1/2 yr. old and 14 month old at home with me helping every step of the way.  All I did was (yes I did use a circular saw to cut-off 4" of the big top board because since our fire place is on an angle...the whole 6' piece was not working) hammered the big new wide board smack dab on top of the old wimpy mantle....(yes, also smeared some wood glue on that baby too) then, measured a piece of moulding I had left over from another project...cut two 45's, filled some unsightly gaping gaps (unlevel wall father raised me better than to screw-up a couple of 45's) and used wood glue and temporary staples to hold it in place (under the big board I nailed to the top).  You might be asking...where does the Liquid Nails come in?  Welp, after a huge FAIL (I was impatient and wanted to start painting...but couldn't do it with the staples holding the moulding in place...silly me...grabbed some needle-nose pliers and ripped them off....along with the trim moulding!!)  Monkey Man and The Princess thought this was the funniest thing......EVER...I'm here to tell you...IT WAS NOT.  So, enter Liquid the you like me now moulding?!?!?  Yes, I was talking smack to the mantle...okay so moving on....finally after the glue and paint dried, I am left with my new fav place to put crap....without having to use fishing line, and a thumb tack to secure it!  Easy "do-over".    Goin to bed because we had a looooong night with a teething I'm out.  Maybe tomorrow, I'll jazz-up the pics with some arrows, but I'm sure you get the idea!

Happy Haunting!

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special


  1. Your mantle looks great! I need to do this too! Mine is only about 6 in wide and I want to do exactly the same thing you did, except wider. Unfortunately, I'm not as handy as you!

  2. It turned out great! Don't worry, I talk smack to inanimate objects too! :)

  3. Honey @ don't have to be handy...just fearless!!!! Go for it...what's the worst that can happen? You can hire someone to fix it if it's that! Thanks for following!

  4. @Thrifty Crafty Girl...Thank you. Now I know I'm not alone!


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