Today I am sharing how to hang a wood mantel on a stone fireplace using rebar at our house. You won’t believe the difference in the new stone fireplace! Do you know what rebar is? It’s a steel rod that comes in a variety of sizes that you use to drill into concrete or stone. I found an amazing mason that listened to what I wanted ( he did ask me 3x , are you sure you want to do this?) and got the job done!
Fireplace makeovers have been trending on google for the last couple months and you may remember that I shared our “how to cover a stone fireplace with wood” project last week (from our old house). People are thinking about the cold winter months and looking forward to updating their fireplaces!
Fireplace Mantel Installation
Whether you are here to learn how to hang a wood mantel on a stone fireplace using rebar or looking for fireplace mantel installation tips on locating the studs behind drywall and using lag screws, rest assured, you can definitely hang a mantel on a stone or brick fireplace or a hang a mantel on the wall.
If you are just seeing this post for the first time, be sure to click this mantel post, “how to remove a mantel from a stone fireplace” , where I show you how to remove a granite mantel.
Once we removed the old granite mantel, our mason drilled 4 holes into the stone about a foot deep.
How to hang a wood mantel on stone fireplace
1. Drill a hole in the stone fireplace using a mason drill bit
2. Cut the rebar to size
3. Fill hole with Fuz It (liquid nail)
4. Insert the rebar into the hole on the stone and hold in place to allow liquid nail to grab rod
5. Allow to dry for 48 hours before hanging mantel
6. Fuz It liquid nails (you can purchase on Amazon / affiliate link)
Once the rebar was installed, my friend Jake from Paramount Woodworking (see the mantel staining process post) installed the “new mantel and corbels” that he constructed from the old southern yellow pine beam that was our barn.
Don’t miss that post, it’s really cool to see the beam old and painted white and the transformation to a new beautiful stained mantel.
Wood Mantel for Stone Fireplace
Picking a wood mantel for a stone fireplace can be overwhelming especially if you cannot visualize what it will look like. For me, I love the idea of a warm toned stain that will enhance the wood grain.
Aren’t the mantel corbels so amazing?
He drilled holes in the back of the mantel for the rebar rod to fit into.
How do you anchor a fireplace mantel
He used Loctite Construction Adhesive inside the holes so the wood would adhere to the rebar rod.
Lifting and sliding the beam into the rebar rods was a bit of a challenge as the beam was hundreds of pounds. They made it look really easy in this picture but having a 3rd person to guide the holes in the back is helpful.
The key to anchoring your wood mantel is to ensure the rebar rods are drilled in securely (to the stone fireplace) and reinforce with adhesive.
They used a laser level to ensure the wood mantel was level.
They attached the corbels with 3″ heavy duty wood screws.
If you don’t have a laser level, be sure to make sure the corbels are flush and level with the mantel with a regular level.
They filled the screw holes with a wood filler crayon in a similar color to the mantel.
How to hang a mantel on uneven stone
Once the mantel was hung, I seriously couldn’t believe how different the fireplace looked. It did not matter that the fireplace stone was uneven. The wood mantel fit snug up against the stone fireplace and the gaps where the stone were uneven were barely noticeable.
I will share soon how I disguised the old mantel slab gap. The existing mantel was 3 feet wide and went to the outside fireplace wall so we couldn’t remove it as it would have destroyed the integrity of the stone wall.
Can you add a mantel to a stone fireplace?
Yes! You can absolutely add a mantel to a stone or brick fireplace and this post is proof! I never in a million years would have know that rebar rods could be drilled into the stone fireplace and serve as anchors for a very heavy piece of wood.
The new mantel is amazing and ties in with the the rustic modern theme we are hoping to accomplish throughout the house.
When we bought the house in February 2018, it was very traditional and the Italian Mediterranean theme was really far from my decorative taste but with a few cosmetic changes, one being the mantel, we plan to create a rustic modern cozy home. I am thrilled to say that the mantel is still as gorgeous as ever today, in 2021.
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Here is the stone fireplace before.
See Fireplace Makeover & Livingroom Tour: You can see the full stone fireplace makeover by clicking this post, rustic modern stone fireplace makeover.
The removal of the granite stone mantel was really stressful as it’s a project we had never tackled before. I am so glad I took a chance as the new wood rustic beam looks amazing and totally warms up the cold stone. What do you think? You like it better than the granite stone? For more fireplace makeover ideas, check out our new fireplace makeover page!
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