Ever since Grandpa put the idea of rebuilding my fireplace mantle in my head last weekend, I’ve not been able to stop thinking that this is a really good idea. The problem I identified when Grandpa was in town (besides the risk of him cutting himself) was that I didn’t have the saw to cut the wood.
Letting curiosity get the best of me, I started Googling “fireplace mantle plans” to see what I could find. I will need a real plan for this.
I found pictures like this:
It’s been a while since I’ve done any significant construction. Probably since right after college. My years of set construction are a ways behind me. But I’m pretty sure with the right tools, I can do this. Building the mantle actually seems fairly straightforward, attaching it to the wall is still confounding me. There’s something about mounting strips and I don’t quite get it all yet. And how do I work around the baseboard? Hmmmm.
Speaking of tools, I’ll need the saw. I’m not usually a Black Friday shopper, but I imagine some amazing saw will be on sale that day, right? Thank goodness for the internet. I Google “Lowe’s Black Friday” and find a link to some leaked items that will be available, INCLUDING a DeWalt Miter Saw. This is happening.
I’m not going back to the Lou for Thanksgiving this year, meaning I have a four day weekend to knock this out. I can tear down the wood currently in place on Thursday, shop early Friday morning for my saw and the lumber, and spend the next three days building and painting this sucker. THEN, it’s just in time to decorate it for Christmas!
What do you think? Can I handle this? I’m a little nervous about taking that tile surround off. I don’t know exactly what to replace the floor tile with. I clearly have a little more planning to do, but I’ve got a couple weeks to get that done.
Or, do I just relax through this first holiday season in my house? I don’t even know what that might mean. I’m making a mantle.