Fake mantle inspired by Pottery Barn "Decorative ledge"...

Saturday / 9 comments
Our current house has no fireplace which leads to decorating problems around the holidays.  Then I found the Decorative Ledge from Pottery barn.  Which I loved.  But the $400 price tag I did not love so I decided to make my own.  Which at my house means showing my husband a picture and then having him make it.  

This is what I ended up with, for $60!  

I will attempt to sort of explain how my husband did it but if you need a detailed tutorial there is a similar shelf over at Burlap and Blue.

For $60 I bought:

1 piece of crown molding.  It was like 5.5 inches.  But if you measured it from edge to edge it was like 7 inches.  That was the most expensive thing at $16.  

3 pieces of thin molding at 1/2 inch.

1 piece of molding at 1 inch.

1-1x6 by 8 piece of pine for the top piece.

2-2x8 by 8.


Here's a picture showing my pile of wood sort of how it was going to be assembled.  

This is the back after it was finished.  One of the 2x8's got cut into three pieces to make the shelf lighter.  It still ended up super heavy at about 40 lbs.  So make sure you use the right hanging hardware so it doesn't fall!

The back.

Some close ups so you can see where all the molding got attached.  My husband glued the molding on with wood glue and then used some finish nails to attach it.  I primed it and then painted it with a few coats of Valspar's white paint in satin finish that comes in the premixed cans. 

Now I just need to work on stuff to decorate my new fake mantle.  This ended up hanging in the dining room.  The wall color is Sherwin Williams "Nomadic Desert" which I think is the perfect tan.  The mirror above the mantle is also a knock off.  It's similar to the "Eagan mirror" found here at Pottery barn. Details on the mirror can be found right here!


  1. That's great! How did you do the keyhole hanging slots on the back?

  2. BRILLIANT! Absolutely brilliant. I love it. WTG.

  3. Yeah, so glad you linked up.. I've been checking back and thinking, did she make it, did she make it.... ha ha good luck.

  4. i love it!! i followed your link to burlap, but it is not linked anymore. do you know the date of her post, or could you re-link it? i want to make one!!
    jill b

  5. I fixed the link Jill! It's now http://burlapandblue.com/2010/06/23/pottery-barn-inspired-decorative-ledge-a-tutorial/
    Also updated in the post! Thanks for the heads up!

  6. This is gorgeous. I love the added ledge space it gives you. Form and function, does it get any better?

    I am hosting a knock off contest and would love for you to enter (entry period ends tomorrow).

  7. I work for some furniture workshops, and this kind of fake mantle is one of people looking for, is so simple, however it style give a unique touch to your house.


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