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Easily Construct a Faux Mantel for the Holidays

Not everyone has a fireplace mantel for hanging stockings, so why not make one? This shelf is easy to build with some basic tools and can be customized in color, style and size to fit any family and decorating taste.

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Attach Crown Molding

Using a brad nailer or hammer with 3/4-inch brad nails, attach molding to face of back of shelf. Make sure molding is at proper angle and centered on shelf. Put return pieces in while nailing molding to ensure tight fit. Secure molding to bottom of shelf with brads, then nail in return pieces. Fill holes with wood filler and sand smooth. Tip: Your finger is the best tool for applying wood filler to curved surfaces.

Apply Paint

Apply paint with a 2-inch sash brush. Milk paint was used for this project, so primer wasn't necessary. If latex or acrylic is being used, prime first. Apply additional protective top coat if desired. Allow paint to dry before moving to next step. Tip: This shelf can also be stained.

Attach Hardware

On back of shelf, measure approximately 5 inches in from each side and 2 inches down from top. Drill pilot holes for D-ring hangers. Insert screws and tighten to secure. Stick clear adhesive-backed spacers onto back four corners of shelf. This will provide "bumper" between shelf and wall. Measure board, evenly spacing desired number of hooks or knobs to hold three to six stockings. Mark each spot with pencil. Drill pilot holes in pencil marks and insert knobs. Hang on nails secured in studs or screws and anchors. Always use caution and wear safety glasses when working with power tools. Tip: Use knobs with a flat screw backing so shelf will hang flat against wall.

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