Have you ever had a decor dilemma in your home and then one day, the solution hits you like a ton of bricks? That was my issue with my pellet stove. It was dreary and boring and just….there. I don’t know why it took me so long to come up with this pellet stove mantle to bring a little life to this corner but I am absolutely in love!
This is the sad existence we started with.
It really was a sad little guy that had no presence in the room. Couple that with not having anywhere to hang stockings at Christmas (yes I make some decor decisions based on how I will decorate for Christmas) and I knew I had to build a mantle!
I thought for a long time about this and finally decided that board and batten was the way to go and I did it all for about $30!
Let’s get to it, shall we?
This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.
- Painters Tape (click here to see my favorite brand)
- 1x4x8 Furring Strips
- You will need two pieces for the wide base and two for the small shelf. You will rip one length of the 1×4 in half for the shelf. How many you need will depend on the length you need.
- Decorative Moulding
- 1/4″ Lattice Strips
- Brad Nailer
- Paint Brushes (click for my favorites)
You will need to figure out the measurements for your mantle and board and batten.
I used the fireproof base on the floor as a guide so that it all looked seamless to the eye. Painters tape is great to tape off the area so you can get a visual.
Once you are sure about your placement, note the measurements and prime the area.
Once it is all measured use the 1×4 pine furring strips to make the base of the mantle and the shelf. They aren’t perfect pieces of wood so they may take a little extra sanding and some searching at Home Depot to find the straightest pieces, but it’s worth it. You could also use plain old 1×4 common boards, but they are about 5 times the cost.
Lay one 1×4 flat against the wall and shoot into studs using a nail gun. Then do the same for the other side. These pieces don’t really need to be mitered, you can just caulk the join later.
You can use a stud finder to find the studs, I have this one.
These 1x4s will be the support for the ripped 1x4s which will become the shelf.
Figure out the length of your shelf, taking into consideration the addition of some decorative trim moulding under the shelf.
Cut your pieces accordingly but miter each end. You will want to miter the ends that will meet in the corner and the end pieces. I wrote a post about moulding returns and you can read more about how to do it here. You will want to create the return on the ends that you will see because it creates a more finished look.
Decorative Trim Moulding:
Add the decorative trim moulding under the shelf to make it look a little prettier and to add support.
These ends will need to be mitered on both ends to join correctly in the corner and on the ends. Be sure to create a return here as well.
All that’s left is the batten pieces. If you use 1/4 inch thick pieces of lattice, they should be thin enough to not overhang your floor moulding. You could really use any width lattice but I wanted a chunkier look so I went with the 2 1/2″ wide pieces.
Tape them in place and make sure you are happy with the placement before nailing them in.
Once you get the spacing right, be sure they are plumb and shoot them in with a brad nailer. They seriously weigh next to nothing so it doesn’t take much to hold them on the wall.
If you notice, the second board in from the left has an outlet that goes straight through it. I used two pieces of lattice and blended the outlet into the piece instead of trying to go around it.
All that is left to do is caulk all the gaps and holes, prime all the wood and give everything a couple of coats of semi gloss in white.
Now I have the perfect place to hang my stockings for Christmas and that makes me happy!
Check out this before and after. It was well worth the $30.