I don’t think you can ever have too much barn wood.
You can quote me on that.
And when you take down a whole barn, you have an overabundance of barn wood. All of that to say I have a beautiful barn beam mantel.
We chose to use a barn beam we had in our wood pile for the mantel – available, inexpensive and pretty patina. It’s a relatively narrow piece, which worked well for the distance we needed between the wood burning insert and the wood mantel.
Ryan drilled out holes to mount the beam to the studs. Then, my father-in-law crafted these cute little pegs to fill the holes. It looks really authentic. I think the pegs may be one of my favorite parts.
Next up – trimming out the hearth area with another barn beam. Stay tuned, my friends.