Spring is certainly in the air here in South Carolina but before I head outside to get started on all of those yard projects, I wanted to finish a couple of indoor one’s first. I have been wanting to do a wood plank mantel makeover for a while. I have always felt like it would really change the focal point in my living room. It was so easy, I should have done it sooner.
We started with the V-Groove Panel wood boards. They come 6 pieces to a pack and cost just under $15 each. I purchased 3 but only ended up needing 2 of them.
My husband had our son help with marking the studs above the mantel. This would make hanging the boards much faster.
Once the studs were marked we headed out to workshop to cut the boards. We have an awesome “shed” that my husband built. It is really big and holds all of his woodworking tools. It could use some organizing but it is a great building. As soon as the weather stays warm we will be painting the outside of the shed.
Once all of the boards were cut my husband hung them with the nail gun. They went up really easy and fast. This part of the project was completed in no time, it was the painting that took me a while! I changed my mind a couple of times.
The reason I ended up using only 2 packs of the wood planks was because I decided to add 1×4 on the ends for the trim instead of the V-Groove boards. It really helped give depth to the wood plank. These boards were very thin but they were exactly what I needed because my mantel is also thin from the side view.
As you can see, my wood plank mantel makeover turned out beautifully! I mean, seriously better than I had expected! I love it so much. TO paint the wood planks I ended up making my own DIY chalk-like paint for this project. You can find that tutorial HERE.
I didn’t hang the canvas art just yet as I am trying to decide if it is what I want to keep up there. The colors do look really great, though.
Since we hung the V-groove boards our mantel has gotten another makeover! We created a hearth this time as well. See that full tutorial HERE.
AND the new paint color HERE.
UPDATE: Homemade Chalk Finish Paint details