DIY Floating Mantel

Another addition in the Family Room Refresh!! A while back when I decided to paint the brick around our fireplace I also removed the mantel. It was never really my style. The fireplace sat naked for weeks, as I pondered what to put in it’s place. I toyed with the idea of building a surround, something tailored and traditional, or just a simple floating mantel.  My mind just kept going back to the latter, so that’s what we went with. And I’m soooo glad we did!!  I love it!!
 
DIY floating mantel


I had considered adding corbels, and I may still do that if I find some I love, but for now I love it as is!!
 
The DIY was not as hard as I thought it might be. Sometimes I can dive right into a DIY and get ‘er done, and other times I’m a bit intimidated.  I don’t know why, but some things get me psyched out!  
We started by attaching a ledger board to the brick.  We attached the appropriate anchors into the mortar in between the bricks, and then attached the board with screws.  
 
How to attach a floating mantel to brick
 
Screwing into the anchors and into the two pieces of wood on either end.  (That puppy ain’t goin nowhere!)
 
Then, we attached six 2″x4″x6″ pieces along the ledger board to help support some of the weight of the mantel.  
 
attaching a floating mantel to brick
 
You can see that we really weren’t concerned about them being spaced exactly even – no one is going to see them remember.
 
Then we moved on to building the actually mantel piece.  You are building a box that is missing one side.  
 
how to build a floating mantel
 
We used 1″x8″ pieces of basic white board for this.  This is the same wood that I used in our entryway.  I wanted some character to the wood since I was staining it, so this was a great economical choice.  I used two 6′ pieces and one 8′ piece which cost me around $25.  
 
This was my first time to use my nail gun, and man did it make this project easier!! Each joint was glued and nailed to make sure it was secure. 
 
building a floating mantel
 
In an effort to have as few cut end pieces showing as possible, I did this.  
 
how to DIY a floating mantel
 
The two side pieces (which are actually the top and bottom) were cut shorter to accommodate the end pieces (the width of the wood shorter on each end).  
 
building a floating mantel
 
This way, from the front and the ends – the most visible parts, there is only one end of the board showing.  Clear as mud right? I hope so!! Here is the dry run before staining :).
 
floating mantel installed
 
I filled a few tiny gaps with stainable wood filler, and everything got a good sanding.  I smoothed all the edges and corners really good.  Then I stained it with a dark walnut stain, and topped it off with a couple of coats of polyurethane.  
 
floating wood mantel
 
Hanging it was super easy!  Slip it over the supports, and attach the mantel to the ledger board with screws.  We made our ledger shorter than the actual mantel to allow room to adjust the placement of the mantel when we were mounting it, which was very helpful to get the desired placement.
 
I snapped this shot right after we finished hanging it.  Such sweet satisfaction to DIY!!
 
updated fireplace with painted brick and floating mantel
 
Loving the finished product and can’t wait to get it styled up for spring!!
 
family room
 
Our family room is coming along.  It really is feeling more and more like a space I want to stay a while.  And, that’s a nice feeling.  

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How to ‘Slipcover’ An Ottoman

Several weeks ago a super sweet friend of mine who knew I was looking for a larger ottoman for our family room alerted me of a steal of a deal on Craigslist – $20! Gotta love friends like that right?!? (Thanks Jennifer :))

I spent weeks deliberating over a fabric choice. And finally we have this!!


Yay!  Let’s back up and see where we started, and how we got to the finished product.


Awesome size and in really great shape aside from the stains.  I vacuumed the whole thing really good and went to work. My first task was to smooth out the bumps and bulges that came from use of course.


First thing – removed the legs, then I pulled some batting from my stash and covered the whole thing with it.  Using a staple gun to attach the batting underneath. This is why the title is ‘slipcovered’ – it’s not really a slipcover that you can take off, and not really re-upholstered since I left the old upholstery on it. 



My fabric was actually not wide enough to cover all the way to the bottom.  But, that was okay. I had a plan.  🙂


The corners needed a little extra work.  Since it was such a deep piece, I didn’t really want to just try to fold the fabric and staple.  So, I pinned the corners, and then stitched on the line I made with the pins.  Now I had a top-piece that fit love a cover.


Then I pulled the fabric snug and stapled all the way around to hold the top in place.  (I stapled around trying to follow the break in the original ottoman where the piping was.)

For the bottom half I measured and cut strips for each side and sewed them together to make a circle. 


Then, placing the strip wrong side-up against to ottoman I stapled around the bottom.


When you flip the fabric down, the staples are hidden. (see right photo above)

Next, I pulled the bottom fabric tight and stapled around the bottom underneath.  And this is where we were.


It stayed like this for days as I pondered what it needed.  I wanted some sort of trim to cover the transition from the top piece and the bottom piece.  I was shopping for my original plan, when I stumbled upon something even better.

I started by tying four knots in the rope. Approximately where the corners would be.


Then I took out my handy dandy glue gun and started attaching the rope trim.


Here is how the corners look.


I’m so happy with the way it turned out.  A little bit fun and funky and very practical!!


One more project crossed off the list on my way to my dream family room!!

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Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#147}

I’m a little late to the party today!!  Honestly it totally slipped my mind!  My kids are on their second snow day today and I have been trying to keep everyone busy, including myself!  Good news – the sun has been shining bright in the sky all.day!!  






As always I enjoyed looking through all of your inspiring words, projects, and food! Thanks for sharing with us!!

From this week I chose some great DIY projects!! I love to DIY :).

Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!

First up Amanda from Pinterest Addicted shared this really cute photo display made from an old window frame.

DIY Window Photo Frame from Pinterest Addicted

Next is a kitchen island from Repurposed For Life that got a refreshing face-lift!  Love the color :).

The Big Island from Repurposed For Life

Lastly Samantha from Little Bits of Home upcycled her sons train table to make it work better for him as he grows older – genius!

Repurposed Train Table from Little Bits of Home

Thank you all for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!! Make sure you grab a button if you were featured!


And as always remember to check out the other hostesses as each hostess chooses their own features. 🙂  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.


Now let’s see what unfolded for you this week!! 

You remember the rules 😉

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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Ribbon Makeover

Sometimes the little things help bring things together.  Sometimes I have to take a break from the big projects and just do a small project that I can start and finish in an hour or so.  This project was just that.  

I bought these canvas baskets from Target a few years ago.  They are perfect for holding back yard things by the back door.  One for dog stuff and one for all.the.balls.  



I love them really, but they don’t really go with the new color scheme for the room.  So, I purchased some ribbon at Hobby Lobby (50% off of course) and pulled out my glue gun. 


As I was adding the top ribbon, I realized it wasn’t quite wide enough to overlap the middle ribbon.  So, I used some cute rick-rack to fill in.


The finished result is perfect.  For around $5 the corner now looks like it belongs in the space instead of just an after-thought.


Sometimes it’s just the little things!  

If you think of it, say a little prayer for my baby boy today, I would truly appreciate it.  🙂 He is having oral surgery to remove a couple of teeth. I’m pretty sure I’m more nervous than he is!!

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Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#146}

Well here we are.  It’s Friday again!  Does anyone else just feel like the days or speeding by?!?  At any rate, it’s time to party!!


Thank you all for your sweet comments and prayers last week about my mommy burdens. Things have passed, and in the light, are maybe not as bad as they first seemed.  I finally sat down and blogged a bit this week. Sharing just some tidbits of what had been going on around these parts.  Included was a sneak peek at our new family room paint job.


Each week I find such fun stuff at our get together!  Thank you so much for sharing with us and our readers!

I’m happy to share some of my favs with you this week.

Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there – thanks!

Open shelving is all the rage it seems and these lovely wood floating shelves from On Bliss Street turned out fabulous!

DIY Floating Shelves from On Bliss Street

This bleach stamped scarf from Woods of Bell Trees is so pretty!  What a great idea to use bleach!

Bleach Stamped Scarf from Woods of Bell Trees

I really do try to be frugal with my cleaning supplies so when I saw this I was instantly intrigued.  Homemade dryer sheets from View From The Fridge.


And, this greek yogurt ranch veggie dip – yum!  I am doing my best to move away from processed food and make more things on my own.  This recipe from Natural Chow looks pretty simple and delicious!

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip from Natural Chow

Thank you all for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!! Make sure you grab a button if you were featured!


And as always remember to check out the other hostesses as each hostess chooses their own features. 🙂  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board is for features and one board is for other things that may have caught our eye.


Now let’s see what unfolded for you this week!! 

You remember the rules 😉

  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: Frazzled JOY, NancherrowSew A Fine Seamand Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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