DIY Stained Mantel




An image of a living room with a fireplace and Do It Yourself wooden mantle above the fireplace. Decor pieces are sitting on the mantel and in front of the fireplace is a chair with a cozy blanket and a side table with a book.

Getting cozy this season is as easy as updating your fireplace mantel and creating a feature area in your living room. Pair a simple wooden beam with Grey Mist HDC-CT-21 a warm and soothing wall color perfect for relaxed settings. Use the mantle as a space to place favorite mementos, art or seasonal decorations that can be changed throughout the year.


Natural B3524

Swatch of stain used in Natural B3524

Wall Color:

An open paint can showing a grey color inside.


Image of all the materials used to stain the mantel.

Step 1

Image of someone scuff sanding wooden beam.
Image of someone applying pre-stain.

Scuff sand your wooden beam and do not forget to wipe away sand dust with tack cloth then apply pre-stain with a nylon brush and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2

image of someone applying stain.
Image of someone wiping off excess stain.

Apply water-based stain color of choice after 2-3 minutes wipe away excess stain in the direction of the wood grain then allow the stain to dry for one hour.

Step 3

image of someone applying top coat.

Final step is use a nylon brush to apply poly top coat.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind before starting your stain project:

  • If you can’t stain outside, make sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Stir thoroughly before application. DO NOT SHAKE.
  • Apply product with the wood grain.
  • After applying stain, wait 2-3 minutes, then go back and wipe any excess product that has not penetrated the wood.
  • Make sure to let your stain dry completely between steps.

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Colorfully Yours,


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Comments (1)

  • Bond Corp says...

    Such an informative article! All the information provided by you is really very helpful. I agreed that we should use a tack cloth for removing small dust particles from the surface before painting. It gives you smooth paint finishing. Thank you for sharing! Keep posting!

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