When we moved into our new home, I was so excited that it had a fireplace. I love sitting by the fire reading a book or hanging out with my family on cold winer nights. However, even though I was so excited that our house had a fireplace, I was a little bummed that it was missing a mantel. I love decorating mantels for the holidays. After all, you have to have a mantel at Christmas to hang stockings!! haha
I spend over a year thinking about mantels and I did a lot of research. I quickly realized that mantels can cost a lot of money and be a lot of work to make. I love mantels but I didn't want to spend a ton of money for one. We tried making a floating box mantel. It worked for awhile but it just didn't look right.
Then, one day I was at Menards and saw railway ties for under $30. Immediately, I thought that it would make the perfect rustic mantel for our home. The next week, I dragged my husband back to Menards with me to pick-up a railway tie. The only sell 8 foot ties so we had to cut it down. Thankfully, Menards has a saw that they let people use. We cut ours down to 4 feet.
When we got home, I stained the wood with a medium brown stain. Next, we attached the mantel to our brink with some concrete anchors and two black metal brackets. I think it turned out great and the whole project cost us under $50 dollars and only took about 3 hours to complete. It is so fun to be able to sit by the fire and have a fun mantel decorated for the holidays!