The next step in the great fireplace project was to bring all the mantel parts inside for priming, painting, then installation.
I primed the base of the mantel shelf and the top side of the mantle shelf with Zinsser Smart Prime.
Then, I flipped it over, and filled the gaps/seams with some more Power Grab Molding Adhesive…I don’t know, I just started to get worried, and thought “better safe than sorry.”
Then I glued the base to the top shelf.
I let it dry for a few minutes, then crossed my fingers and flipped it over, so I could see my work!
Then I piled a bunch of books on top while the glue dried.
To install the shelf, I planned on mounting a 2”x4” to the wall, and letting this opening in the back of the mantel slip over it, sort of like a floating shelf. Of course, this opening is 1 7/8” tall, so I had to do some thinking, since a 2”x4” is only 1.5”.
But while I was finding something to add to my wall-mounted 2”x4”, I finished priming and putting a first coat of paint onto the unit.
And here is where I’m going to leave you hanging. :) Just like I had to wait for the paint, to dry, I’m going to make you wait till tomorrow to see the finished product! ;)