Build A Wood Beam Mantel
About a month ago, I wrote about how to turn your basic builder boring fireplace into the focal point that it should be. Help! How Can I Make My Fireplace Pop? Most builders install a basic fireplace unless you purchase the upgrade package.
I stumbled across this amazing DIY project by fellow blogger, Dee from Meatloaf and Melodrama. Dee and her husband turned their basic builder fireplace into a stunning focal point by adding a wood beam mantel. Wood beam mantels are so trendy these days. You can use either reclaimed wood or use new wood (they used pine) and age it like Dee and her husband did.
Design Tip: If you have a wood burning fireplace, before you build your mantel, be sure to check out your local building code specifications for the height requirement needed for a wood mantel above a fireplace. Just keeping everybody safe.