Our heart pine planks are fresher than ever…
…they’re a brand new mantel beam now! 😀
I’m going to deepen the color of it with some tinted wax this week, and I know we’ve still got a ways to go, but I can hardly wait to decorate it! 😀 I made sure it was 10″ deep so that I’d have plenty of display space.
It’s a verrrrry heavy beam, so it took a double layer of 2x4s behind it to secure it:
Eventually, a (white) mantel (and corbels) will be installed beneath it, so there will be more support underneath it.
Here are a couple of shots of the inside of the beam…
(The sides of the beam won’t show once the cabinets on each side of it are installed.)
…and here’s a close-up of the new hearth:
It looks like concrete (which I love), but it’s actually limestone. It’s sealed with a matte finish (granite) sealer that you only have to re-apply every 15 years.
I’ll be back Tuesday night with some new photos of the waxed beam and blue-gray painted wood!