Okay friends! I know that it has been a long time coming but better late then never, right? Finally a post about out new rustic mantle that I made for our fireplace!
It all began when I found an old piece of walnut up in the attic of my father in laws shop! When I asked him about it he told me that it was probably 40 years old...(of course, my next question was...Can I have it?) Ha...I am so thankful for such a great father-in-law!
Using a utility knife I carefully "carved" out the faux cracks in the wood. And with a combination of the awl and the nails a made the "worm holes"
The crack in this photo and the one below as the only real one in the piece.
Using the paint scraper like a chisel I gently took off the hard edges of the whole piece.
Then a quick coat of clear sealer and it's all done! Got to love the beauty of Walnut...nice rich color without the hastle of having to stain it!
And now for the finished product!
(Here is a "before" picture)
and the "after"...what do you think?
We just love the added warmth that the dark wood gives to the room!
Winter is such a great time to get some of your inside projects accomplished! What are you planning to tackle this winter?