You won’t believe the difference in the new stone fireplace! Today I am sharing how to hang a wood mantel on a stone fireplace using rebar. 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!
Once we removed the old mantel from the stone fireplace, See “how to remove a granite stone mantel” post, our mason drilled 4 holes into the stone about a foot deep.
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.
Aren’t the corbels so amazing?
He drilled holes in the back of the mantel for the rebar rod to fit into.
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.
How to install a wood mantel on a stone fireplace
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.
Once the mantel was hung, I seriously couldn’t believe how different the fireplace looked. 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.
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, 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.
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Here is the before.
Updated February 2019.
The before and after of the entire room is coming soon (UPDATED: See Rustic Modern Living Room Makeover) so stay tuned as this space is night and day from when we moved in a few months ago. 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?
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