You will need one thin wood veneer. I have 1/16 x 4 x 24" bass from Hobby Lobby.
That's all the pieces for the main structure.
Glue your walls to the back of the mantel with white glue. I use Aleene's.
The next step is to add trims. This is where you give your piece the feel it needs. I'm doing this one for an English cottage. So cute and girly is the order of the day.
I'm layering trims. The first trim you need is for the top and bottom of the mantel walls. My first trim is 3/8" wide. Notice I do my side trim first then cover the rough edge with the front trim.
Paint your entire mantel with acrylic paint. It can be craft paint or house paint. Makes no different. Lay it on there thick! If your paint is too new you may have to do 2 or 3 coats.
Let's add character! I use ink pads to achieve a very old look. They are all browns. Stampabilities Brown, StazOn Saddle Brown, and Color-Box Putty. It makes no difference which order you apply them. Use a hard bristle brush to get the ink in tight corners.
Now if you want to go all the way with this project you can add fire. I order my fire kit from https://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/ I order the fire kit with the 1.8mm bulb and 3 volt battery with the switch. You can do the pico lights if you want undetectable bulbs. They put out a lot of light and work great too.
Drill a hole at the back wall at the very bottom. You can use a drill, a screw driver, a nail to do this. Whatever you have on hand. The wood is very easy to poke a hole in. I used a little screw driver. I started the hole on the front and turned the fireplace over to continue the hole from the other side. You wouldn't want to risk ungluing the back of the mantel!I build a fire stack with real sticks from the garden to hide the bulbs. Start by building up the wood stack around the bulbs. Notice I did bend the wires 90 degrees ready to be pulled back through the hole.
Glue inside fire box with hot glue.Now let's make it a wee bit more romantic with moss.
Get the hot chocolate and S'Mores cause you are ready to snuggle up next to the fire!
Thanks for joining me and following along. I hope you give this a try. I promise it's really easy. You know what I always tell you: one step at a time.